Prayer has worked with the BBA since November 2010, joining the Engineering team as a Project Manager and then moving onto becoming a Technical Expert in the External Wall Cladding space where he currently serves. Originally from Zimbabwe, after completing his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Zimbabwe, Prayer and his family made the move to Dublin to join a design consulting engineering company. When the 2008 economic crash happened, and the devastating effects it had on the construction industry at the time, Prayer and his family found themselves having to make big decisions quickly and it was after finding an opportunity to join the BBA in 2010, that they decided to leave Dublin and move to the South East of England to start a new chapter in their lives. And that chapter was the beginning of even bigger things. That’s where Prayer learnt to start running.
“When I first joined the BBA, I also soon joined the BBA running club. About 8 of us would do regular runs together over lunch time. I’d never run before, I didn’t like it. In fact, at secondary school I used (or rather misused) my “privilege” as head boy to wiggle myself out of running on sports days! Once at the BBA, I soon realised that I enjoyed it. The camaraderie and an opportunity to develop a passion for something new soon had me hooked.”
Prayer soon found himself volunteering at the London Marathon each year as part of a team, giving out drinks to the runners as they passed, and so the dream of taking part in the London Marathon was born.
“What fascinated me is that they take in about 50,000 runners, out of about 400,000 applications or so, and yet and only a small number of those who run, are elite athletes actually competing to win. Most of the other runners were running for a particular reason, and most were running to raise awareness and funds for a cause that was dear to their hearts.”
Prayer turned his thoughts towards finding a cause that he felt strongly about – and that’s when he decided on Macmillan Cancer Support.