14 May 2013
Tony at work – and in the desert.
Macmillan supporter Tony has taken on the Marathon des Sables for the third time, and raised £48,000 (and counting!) to help people affected by cancer.
The Marathon des Sables took place in the Sahara desert over seven days in April this year, and Tony Kitous chose to raise sponsorship money for Macmillan, in memory of his 20 year old cousin Nassim who had a brain tumour and sadly died last summer.
Kitous, who slept on rocks under primitive canvas tents for nine days during the marathon, said: 'He gave me the inspiration to run in his memory. When someone close to you dies in your arms and there is nothing you can do, things like that bring you back to reality. The guy was a fighter right to the end.'
Kitous, who is the founder and owner of the Levant Group of restaurants in London, contacted friends, colleagues and even customers at his restaurants to gain support for Macmillan.
And he’s not stopping there. Spurred on by his success in the Marathon des Sables, Tony will be running several more overseas marathons for Macmillan in 2013 and 2014, and is working on his next big challenge. So watch this space for more from this inspirational supporter.
Tony’s justgiving page is still open for donations. You can read more of his story or make a contribution at www.justgiving.com/Tony-Kitous.