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Two Maltese prepare for gruelling desert run

Two Maltese, Nathan Farrugia and Douglas Barbaro Sant are to take part in a marathon across the Sahara desert in aid of charity.

They will be taking part in the 25th Marathon des Sables (MDS), running 250 km over six days across the Moroccan desert. Their aim is to raise €30,000 in aid of Inspire Foundation and Facing Africa, a UK charity which helps people suffering from Noma, an acute infection which affects the faces of its victims. Nathan Farrugia is CEO of Inspire.

Nathan and Douglas have worked together in the past on charity challenges, raising hundreds of thousands of euros and pounds for Maltese and UK charities.

There will be a total of 750 participants in the run.

The marathon will take place in April and participants can expect uneven rocky ground and sand dunes, with temperatures reaching 52 degrees. They will have to carry everything they need for the race on their backs.

The MDS Malta team is seeking sponsors to help it reach its financial aims.

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