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Sawston Fun Run and Walk - to be held on Sunday 29th April. Entry forms are available from branches of the event’s sponsor Cambridge Building Society; the reception office at Sawston Village College and off the website www.sa
Get ready - get set - entries are now accepted for 29th April event
Entries are now being accepted for one of the largest community-led charity events in the region - the organisers, the Rotary Club of Sawston District, are hoping for a bumper turnout as the chosen charities are especially deserving as they include disabled groups and charities caring for cancer victims and sick children.
The major ones will be:
• Addenbrookes, breast cancer unit - to help equip a new clinical research centre.
• Milton Children’s Hospice - to contribute to the funding of the family support activities.
• Meldreth Manor School - to purchase interactive equipment for disabled students.
• Riding for the Disabled, Sawston - to help with both capital costs and riding costs.
Smaller donations will be made to a further eight beneficiaries:
• Cambridge based specialist support charities:
Camread, a reading service for the visually impaired - to train 40 volunteers
Cambridge Joint Playschemes - equipment for the 100 young people with disabilities
• Sawston based charities and organisations:
Friday Night Club, a club for people with special needs - to help fund the annual day out.
Jigsaw Playgroup - to buy ICT software for the 50 pre-school children
OWL Bikes, a re-use, recycling project for people with a disability - essential equipment
Sawston Forum for the Disabled - to help the establishment of this new support group
• In other villages:
Fulbourn, the Domino Nursery - to buy IT equipment for 16 children attending daily
Stapleford, the Sunnyside pre-school - to buy equipment and books for the 40 children
The annual event normally attracts over 900 entrants to the 4.8 mile event held at Sawston Village College and regularly donates over £14,000 to local charities and organisations. Since it was first organised twenty-two years ago it has raised over £270,000 for local charities and organisations and attracts the support of not only the entrants but also over 200 retailers and businesses from the surrounding area.
Something for everyone
All those who complete the course will receive a certificate and trophies will be awarded to the first three in all of the eleven categories. The Cambridge Building Society annual sponsorship shields will be presented in July to the adult and child in school years 1-11 who raise the largest amount of individual sponsorship support.
Stalls from local organisations providing additional attractions, refreshments, a tombola and raffle and a specialist photographic unit will all add to the fete-like atmosphere; in addition the Sawston Youth Club band will be in the centre of the village where traditionally much of the £900 is gathered in the street collection.
Organisations are welcomed to contact Rotarian Tony Collett, chairman of the organising committee on 01223 893447 to find out about further opportunities to be involved.
Fun Run Facts
• The Rotary Club Sawston of District has organised the event since 2001 after the Village College had done so for the previous 15 years. The Village College remains a major supporter.
• Cambridge Building Society has sponsored the event since 1986 and over 200 retailers and businesses contribute in some form to the event.
• In 2006 the event raised £15,100 and over the last six years the Rotary club has been able to donate over £65,000 to local charities and organisations.
• Rotary is the international organisation of over 28,000 clubs in 155 countries with over 1.2 million members who meet to enjoy fellowship and to provide service to others. In Great Britain there are 1,834 clubs with over 59,000 members.
• Cambridge Joint Playschemes provides holiday play-schemes for 100 children and young people with moderate / severe learning disabilities, some of whom also have physical disabilities.
• Entry fees are £4.00 for school years 1-11 and £6.00 for adults of seventeen and over as at April 29th- on the day these rise to £5.00 and £10.00 respectively.
• The course is flat and covers most of the major residential areas of Sawston - the winners complete the course in about 27 minutes and the walkers in 1hour 10minutes.
• The website www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk provides route details, training tips as well as the entry form and charity information and the names of advertisers.
All fields are required.