Fun run with a dash – or two – of colour

Help hospice by be­ing splat­tered with paint

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BRUNEL stu­dents have come up with a colour­ful idea to raise funds for Michael So­bell Hospice.

The univer­sity in Uxbridge has teamed up with the hospice at Mount Ver­non Hos­pi­tal in North­wood to launch #colour­dash, a run, walk or dance around the Kingston Lane cam­pus.

This is not a typ­i­cal fun-run though, as those tak­ing part will wear white and be pelted with a dif­fer­ent colour at var­i­ous stops along the route.

By the time they reach the end, run­ners will re­sem­ble rain­bows, cov­ered head to toe in paint that has been made from nat­u­ral corn starch, coloured with fully tested food and cos­metic dyes.

Priya Pal­lan, vol­un­teers man­ager at Brunel, said: “Please support the #colour­dash, where you can have a bril­liant day with your friends and fam­ily, en­joy the fun at­mos­phere and also know that you are help­ing a fan­tas­tic char­ity that does out­stand­ing work in sup­port­ing mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

Melanie Bur­fitt, the di­rec­tor of in­come gen­er­a­tion at Michael So­bell Hospice, said: “We are de­lighted that Brunel Univer­sity London has agreed to host this ex­cit­ing new event, which will raise much-needed funds to help lo­cal peo­ple with life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses.”

The colour dash is on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31 and starts at 2pm. En­trants must be at least 11 years old, and any­one up to age 16 must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Younger chil­dren are wel­come to come along and support the run­ners.

Spec­ta­tors will be able to buy bags of colour to throw at the run­ners in spe­cific lo­ca­tions and a range of fun, coloured mer­chan­dise will be on sale.

The dash, or­gan­ised by the Union of Brunel Stu­dents and vol­un­teers from the univer­sity, is not just open to stu­dents, any­one is wel­come to take part.

En­trants are asked to aim to raise at least £50 in spon­sor­ship for Michael So­bell Hospice. Any­one who raises £100 or more by Oc­to­ber 25 will qual­ify to pick up a spe­cial #colour­dash top on the day.

You can sign up at w w w. m i c h a e l s o b e l l hospice.co.uk or by call­ing 01923 844 730.

A reg­is­tra­tion fee of £15 for adults and £12.50 for 11- to 18-year-olds and stu­dents, in­cludes a white T-shirt, sunglasses and your own bag of colour to re­lease at the mass colour throw.

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