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SIERRA LEONE ATHLETE HOMELESS

SIERRA LEONE ATHLETE HOMELESS
TUESDAY 10TH MARCH 2015

One of Sierra Leones’s top athletes went missing after last summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Top sprinter, Jimmy Thoronka explained he was afraid to return to his home country that is struggling to cope with the Ebola virus. The virus killed all of his immediate family in Sierra Leone so he wasn’t ready to travel back to be on his own and be at great risk for his life.

Not wanting to return back to home country Sierra Leone, Thoronka took to the streets of London as an alternative ‘home’. He told the Guardian, “Some days I get no food at all. I wash in public toilets and sleep in the park.”

Shortly after being arrested by MET police for immigration offences and being faced with deportion, Cambridge student Richard Dent set up a fund to help Jimmy Thoronka rebuild his career.

The athlete, who was his country’s top 100m runners, has gained the help and financial support from people around the country within only 48 hours to top £20,000 target for Jimmy Thoronka’s fund.

On Friday afternoon, Student Richard Dent, who lives in London, set up the appeal to help him "rebuild his life and career". Already more than 1,000 people have contributed.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31787339

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