Raising funds for TASTE via a sponsored Fun Run has become something of an annual event. Despite the humbugs who claim that fun run is an oxymoron, every year hundreds of people turn out in Sheffield and Wrexham to run, walk, stroll, pedal or push (buggies that is) around a 5k course. 5k, or roughly 3 miles to the uninitiated, is typical of the distance walked by women and children in rural Nigeria in their search for clean drinking water. Not for them the luxury of simply turning on a tap.
The dates for this year’s Fun Runs have been confirmed as follows:
North Wales 5k Fun Run at Alyn Waters – Saturday 29 April 2017
Sheffield 5k Fun Run Weston Park and Crookes Valley Park – Saturday 13 May 2017.
Click on the above links for further details and to register online.
The courses are along footpaths and are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. If preferred, participants can run on the grass alongside most of the paths.
Who Participates? The short answer is everyone! We have serious runners who are training for other events; we have family groups who race between themselves; we have parents with buggies; we have dog-walkers. Some run, others stroll.
If we want to help more communities this year, your participation in the event is crucial and raising sponsorship is vital.
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Here’s Peter Akril who completed the IAAF Cardiff World Half Marathon 2016, raising £1081.53 so far for TASTE. He set himself the target of beating his record of 1hr 53mins set when he was 15 years old. Now 30 years later he finished the race in 1hr 35mins only about 35 minutes behind the World Champion Mo Farah. Very Well Done Peter!
It’s still not too late to show your support for Peter via his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Peter-Akrill. You can also read his blog at www.running-h2o.blogspot.co.uk..
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“All Hands to the Pump”: “ordinary people”, “ordinary skills”, “extraordinary impact” Campaign!
Our Fundraising Dinner at the spectacularly beautiful Stationers’ Hall was attended by 70 guests from London, Dorset, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Kent and Ascot. They were all personal contacts, some existing supporters some new to TASTE.
Guests were welcomed in the Courtroom with drinks and canapes, music provided by Cantuari Quintet. Steve Horton was the MC for the night. The Nigerian and British National Anthems were played followed by thanksgiving for the meal given by Rev Spencer Cunnah (Kensit Evangelical church, London). Our guests then sat down to a lovely 3 course meal by Stationers Hall in house caterers Chester Boyd. During the first course the Quintet again played. After the main course Inua Ellams, a Nigerian Poet recited several of his poems. We then heard a recorded message from our Patron, Dan Walker. Steve gave a presentation – “Our Journey so far” highlighting particularly how God has used “ordinary people”, with “ordinary skills”, to make an “extraordinary impact” in TASTE and in needy communities across Nigeria.
We launched our “All Hands to the Pump” Campaign to raise £200,000 over the next 5 years with the aim of looking again to God to continue to use “ordinary people”, with “ordinary skills” to make an “extraordinary impact” to raise this colossal amount of money.
We received, by popular request a brief presentation about the history of the Stationers’ Company and Stationers’ Hall from the Clerk of Stationers’ Company, William Alden. The evening finished with the London African Gospel Choir singing a number of songs.
If you missed the evening then you missed a truly magnificent evening, but don’t worry, you can catch our next one – Watch this space!
In the meantime why not join our “All Hands to the Pump”: “ordinary people”, “ordinary skills”, “extraordinary impact” Campaign!
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