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Great North Run 11 September 2016 – BALLOT FOR PLACES NOW OPEN!


Join the University team which engages with


14th glorious year! – £180,000+ raised to date!

Ultra-generous concessions for students!


“It is fabulous what you are achieving to lift people out of poverty!”

                                                                      (Tamsin Fraser, Oxfam)

“Had a brilliant day… for a fantastic cause!” “The Run was a fantastic experience!” “One of the most amazing experiences of my life!” (Past team members)

Run for ‘Drop the Debt, Stop AIDS and Help the Destitute’,

or ‘Drop the Debt and Stop Climate Chaos’

And you will also enjoy a ‘fantastic experience’!


* Have your credit card handy;

* The General Ballot for places is now open – go to;

* Click on “Events”; then “Great North Run” [NOT the Great North 10K or 5K!]; then “Enter Ballot”;

Go through the conventional registration process (“Register a new ID”, etc., or use your previous password, etc., if you’re an old hand);

* “Running for a charity?” – leave blank, since this only gives a tiny sample of the hundreds of charities which are registered for them. [It won’t make the slightest difference to your chances of getting a place, which is decided by random ballot.]

* PLEASE LET ME KNOW when you’ve entered, AND AGAIN if you’re successful, so I can arrange for you to join the university team. IF YOU’RE UNLUCKY, ask me if I can give you one of JDC’s places!

* Please commend the initiative far and wide – it’s more fun to train and run with one or two friends.

* For further information, read on below.

* Queries? Just email me!

Dr David Golding CBE (david.golding[at]


RUN FOR ‘Drop the Debt, Stop AIDS and Help the Destitute’;

OR ‘Drop the Debt and Stop Climate Chaos’.

* Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) is one of the most effective movements in history in the fight against destitution and disease, and you can add your weight to it;

* In addition, you will be supporting the fight against AIDS and destitution, OR Climate Change;

* Major national agencies say our initiative is “wonderful… fantastic”, “outstanding”, “hugely  important”, “admirable… fantastic”, “wonderful… so grateful”. (Yes, really!)

* “This Great North Run initiative does valuable work and is a credit to our institution. I commend it to the university community” (Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor).

* “The sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former President of the Royal College of Physicians).

* Ultra-generous concessions for students – we’re paying out £700+ in rebates for entry fees to last year’s runners, without using a penny of the money raised by the team! (See below.)

* The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation community and sporting event on earth and is watched live on BBC TV by tens of millions of people. Look for yourself at the pictures on the website and you’ll see what I mean – it’s a truly great experience!

* You don’t have to be an athlete – it’s a ‘run’, not a ‘race’. I did it ‘for the first and last time’ in 2010 to celebrate my 70th!

* Last year the team raised £19,000, bringing our total to £180,000+. That makes us one of the Debt Campaign’s major funders nationally AND would be enough to also prevent the infection at birth with HIV of 11,000 babies!


GENEROUS CONCESSIONS: Ultra-generous concessions for students via rebates on cost of entry (£53.00) of up to – not 100%, but 200% (yes, really!).

EXCELLENT SUPPORT: I arrange advice for training: support for fundraising; social get-togethers; and pre- and post-Run photo-opportunities (usually supported by the Vice-Chancellor or his deputy, President of the Students’ Union, etc.). “Hand on heart, I have to say that David Golding is an inspiration who everyone is ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

GLOBALLY EFFECTIVE: In Autumn 2011, I visited Africa ‘for the first and last time’, and saw for myself the enormous, beneficial impacts of debt relief on schooling, health care and clean water and the fight against HIV/AIDS. But truly daunting problems remain.

EFFICIENT AND ACCOUNTABLE ADMIN: We deduct no expenses whatever (not even postage for the t-shirts). 50% of all money raised goes to Jubilee Debt Campaign, 10% to the Stop AIDS Campaign or the Climate Coalition, and 40% to UK aid and environmental agencies. [Each runner chooses his or her own agency.]


TEAM PATRONS: The Team’s Patrons are Prof Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor; Professor Chris Day, Provost, Faculty of Medicine; Dominic Fearon, President, NUSU; and Dr Joan Harvey, President, UCU.

TEAM CAPTAIN: Professor David Leat, one of our elite runners, acts as Team Captain.

TEAM MANAGER: The team is organised by Dr David Golding CBE for Jubilee Debt Campaign at Newcastle University (which is sponsored by the Students’ Union, all the staff unions and the Chaplaincy), in association with North East CALL TO ACTION.

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12th December 2015

Dear Friends of NE-CAP,

“This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.”

These were the words most memorably spoken by Winston Churchill, after Montgomery’s victory in the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt, in the Autumn of 1942. But they could, with equal justification, be said about the Paris Accord, the agreement by nearly 200 nations on Saturday 12th December. At least, they could be applied to the Accord if we put the, “JUST PERHAPS”, in capitals and in bold!

Or to put it another way, “I’m ecstatic about the outcome – with strong reservations!” ☺

The reasons for my reservations hardly need stating – the fact that the ink was barely dry on the signatures before our own, ‘Greenest Government Ever’, was taking a chainsaw to support for renewable energy and energy conservation, for example.

However, what the Accord may give us is ‘momentum’ – that across the world, the tide could now turn against fossil fuels and in favour of low carbon developments, and just think how terrible it would have been if the conference had broken down in confusion and acrimony, like the one in Copenhagen in 2009!

The situation reminds me of the ‘Gleneagles Agreement’, at the G8 in 2005, when we had the great ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign nationally. At that time, the leaders promised to provide treatment for everyone with HIV/AIDS, as far as was humanly possible, and I stated that, among all the commitments they made, this was the only one to measure up to the scale of the challenge – and that it was imperative that we held them to it. We did hold them to it, and they did hold to it, and earlier this year Millennium Development Goal 6, on HIV/AIDS, was reached – one of humanity’s greatest achievements of the new millennium! So it is now, that the Paris Accord will provide us with plenty of ammunition as we follow through with our campaign to secure Climate Justice.

SO THANK YOU, ALL OF YOU, who have supported our move, disliked by many, to add climate change to our ‘Call to Action’! AND THANK YOU TO OUR AID AGENCIES, who had the vision and courage to lead the way on this!

Finally, a particular word of thanks to our North East ‘Paris Champions’! To Chris Myers who undertook the ‘Pilgrimage2Paris’, a 200-mile, two week-long hike from London to Paris, arriving just before the Conference opened; and to Hannah Jack, who mobilised the support of students for our ‘Family Climate Parade’ in Newcastle and, after participating in that, took herself off, by coach, to join the thousands of young people on the streets of Paris calling peacefully for the conference delegates to ‘do the deal’!

So stay with us, and campaign with us, as we try to play our part in ending severe poverty and providing a sustainable future, ‘for all, for ever’.

On behalf of the Officers and Committee of North East CALL TO ACTION, I send you all our best wishes for a happy Christmas and a productive and fulfilling the year to come!

Dr David Golding CBE
(Development Coordinator for NE-CAP)

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‘The Climax of our Campaigning Year’ – and what a ‘Climax’ it was!

The weather forecast was dire, but the turn-out (641 to be precise) gratifying, and the experience memorable! Even the weather relented for us! If you simply couldn’t come, that’s a pity, because you missed a real treat. If you didn’t come, because you simply couldn’t care less… [comment deleted by web manager. ☺]

However, what was more gratifying than the total number present, was the mix of people participating, with good numbers of families with children and lots of students.

As is the norm with such gatherings of ours, it was characterised by community spirit and good humour, combined with a determination to arouse our leaders from their shameful lethargy and prevarication to take the actions which every sane person knows are required, right now! And there was anger too, because nations have taken so inordinately long to get to the point where a half-serious international agreement is on the cards

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Tamin Rahman, with Chi Onwurah MP (left) and Irim Ali (Photo by John Whalley)

What is not always the norm was a series of addresses at the Civic Centre which were as good as they were short! They were given by City Councillor Irim Ali, Shirley Ford, Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah and the remarkable 11 year old, Tamim Rahman, followed by a final, rousing blast by one of NE-CAP’s Patrons, John Grundy. We also received messages of support from Nick Brown MP and Catherine McKinnell MP.

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NE-CAP and Tearfund supporters from Whitley Bay Baptist Church (Veronica Golding, NE-CAP)

The Parade was a ‘coalition effort’, and all the better for that! NE-CAP was one of the main organisers, securing the services of John Grundy, sponsorship at national level by Cafod and Tearfund – and the support of many supporters. It was one of 2,300 events world-wide, in more than 170 countries and involving hundreds of thousands of people.

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John Grundy addressing the Newcastle crowd (Photo by Kristinne Sanz, NE-CAP)

John Grundy, the NorthEast’s architectural guru, broadcaster and inimitable, all round ‘Good Egg’ – and one of NE-CAP’s Patrons, said:

“I commend widespread support for the ‘Family Parade & Climate March’ on Sunday and I’m delighted and honoured by the invitation to participate and contribute to it! It really is high time the general public made it abundantly clear they want our leaders to give this issue the priority it deserves. Nothing, but nothing, is as important as this.”

Children leading the parade (Kristinne Sanz, NE-CAP)

Children leading the parade (Kristinne Sanz, NE-CAP)

Part of the crowd at the Civic Centre (John Whalley)

Part of the crowd at the Civic Centre (John Whalley)


Our thanks and congratulations to our North East ‘Paris Champions’!

Chris Myers (below) undertook the ‘Pilgrimage2Paris’, a 200-mile, two week-long hike from London to Paris, arriving just before the Conference opened. He sent a text (see below) to the Parade via his wife, Clare

Hannah Jack & Veronica Golding, at Family Paradewho took part in the Parade, and extracts of it were read out to the crowd.

Hannah Jack (right, with Veronica Golding) mobilised the support of students  for our ‘Family Climate Parade’ in Newcastle and, after participating in that, took herself off, by coach, to join the thousands of young people on the streets of Paris calling peacefully for the conference delegates to ‘do the deal’!

Well done, both of you – you did us proud!



Chris Myers (Cond)

‘I send you greetings from Paris where along with 30 other pilgrims we have walked the 207 miles from London. Here we have met with other pilgrims who have travelled from all over the world to demand action on climate change.

Today, like yourselves, people in cities across the world are marching to also demand action on climate change – we are all connected by this common goal. Climate change is the challenge of our generation and we must not shirk it.

At the petition handover to the UN’s Christiana Figueres,  Archbishop Thabo of Southern Africa said, “We can do it together, we must do it together and we will do it together”. Hence we may dare to hope that COP21 will be a defining event for us and future generations.

Our pilgrimage was a walk of hope for a better and more just world, we send you our very best wishes and thanks for joining the march today – together let’s make change for the good of our common home’.

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