Schools race to sign for fun run

Chal­lenge raises funds for Africa

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

SCHOOLS are be­ing called on to en­ter teams for a fun run’s sec­ond year.

School Aid, in Wapseys Lane, Hedger­ley, is hold­ing the run in July to raise funds for the char­ity. The char­ity raises funds to send packages to schools in Africa, con­tain­ing books, sta­tionery and equip­ment.

About £20 pays to fill a pri­mary class­room shelf full of books, £50 to sup­ply text­books for a class, or £150 to train a li­brary as­sis­tant.

Now School Aid is ap­peal­ing to schools to sign up teams to race against each other.

Gay­hurst School, Bull Lane, Ger­rards Cross, has al­ready signed up.

The school reg­u­larly col­lects books, sta­tionery, and sports equip­ment to be sent to schools in Africa via the char­ity.

PE teacher Simon Kearns co-or­di­nates the dona­tions and has en­tered a team of boys in the 5km run tak­ing place at the Bul­strode Park, Ger­rards Cross on Sun­day, July 5.

The run is a cir­cu­lar route pass­ing The Bull Ho­tel and through Hedger­ley Green.

There will also be a shorter 2km early years run, or walk, for fam­i­lies and younger chil­dren.

The runs were in­spired by the fact the chil­dren the char­ity helps walk miles ev­ery day to get to school.

Jane Perry, a vol­un­teer at School Aid, said: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to Gay­hurst School for all their hard work and en­thu­si­asm. Many of us have un­wanted good qual­ity books and pen­cils which would oth­er­wise be thrown away and by do­nat­ing th­ese to School Aid we are help­ing the ad­vance­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in Africa. We are look­ing for other schools who would like to take part in the School Run in July.”

There will be prizes on the day, for most spon­sor­ship money raised, first race com­peti­tor, first fam­ily group in The School Run 5km, first fam­ily group early years 2km, best fancy dress and best funny hat. Peo­ple can en­ter in­di­vid­u­ally (£8), as a team (£6 per per­son) or as a fam­ily (£15).

For more visit www.­run or call 01753 883853.

Reg­is­tra­tion on the day will take place from 9.30am at The Bull Ho­tel, Ox­ford Road.

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