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Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with fun run

(10 May 2018)

Mascots prepare for the fun run

Durham University students and children from 11 schools have raised £3,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored fun run.

The event took place at the University’s Maiden Castle sports complex, Durham City, on Thursday 3 May, and more than 650 children took part.

They were raising money for the charity Sport in Action Zambia, which aims to improve the lives of young people in the most deprived areas of Zambia, Africa, through sport and recreational activities.

Schools partnership

The event was organised by Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity students at Durham University, supported by students from New College Durham and volunteer marshals from Durham Trinity School and Sports College.

Each child paid £2 to take part and raised money through sponsorship.

University students led warm-up exercises and volunteers from St Margaret’s CE Primary School, Durham City, ran mini sports challenges.

Helping street children

The fun run has taken place each year since 2006 - the same year Durham University started sending five students to Zambia for six weeks each summer to volunteer in schools and orphanages, and to help run after-school clubs and health workshops.

Money raised through the run enables the sponsorship of 20 Zambian children’s education each year and supports a food programme that feeds 300 street children every day.

'Tremendous difference'

Emma Hall-Craggs, Head of Student Volunteering and Community Outreach at Durham University, said: “This is a great event and, now in its 12th year, it was bigger and better than ever.

“It was fantastic to see so many children enjoying exercise and to have local young people involved in making it happen.

“The event was created to raise money for Sport in Action Zambia and it has made a tremendous difference.

“Thank you to everyone involved in making the event such a success, without whom such a fantastic day would not have been possible.”

The participating schools were: Cassop Primary School, Durham Trinity School and Sports College, Edmondsley Primary and Nursery School, St Godric’s RC Primary School in Durham City, Esh Winning Primary School, Bullion Lane Primary School in Chester-le-Street, Neville’s Cross Primary School in Durham City, West Pelton Primary School, Shincliffe CE Primary School, Browney Academy and Kelloe Community Primary School.