Sunday 4th October 2020
SAWSTON COMMUNITY FUN RUN CHALLENGE EVENT
a huge success - £23,000 raised
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston is on target to raise an amazing amount of £23,000 for local good causes from their Sawston Challenge event held on Sunday 4th October. Having to cancel the traditional Fun Run in May, members and other Rotarians were determined to honour their commitment to raising funds for local good causes and to add to the £468,000 that the event had donated to the local community in its thirty-five year history.
The alternative event, the Sawston Community Challenge was limited to one hundred entrants who pledged to raise at least £100 each by walking or running one of the two alternative normal routes. Having set a target of £10,000 the Rotary club is delighted that this amount will be exceeded so much, thanks to the entrants, who braved the weather and the event sponsor, The Cambridge Building society and the other commercial donors.
All entrants subjected themselves to a temperature check operated by PPP First Aid professionals, went through ‘track and trace’ protocols and had to adhere to social distancing requirements and were then set off at 10 second intervals. Whilst there was none of the traditional stalls and party atmosphere at Sawston Village College and no bands were playing on the routes, there were supporters who cheered the entrants.
The main beneficiaries are the Sawston Village College Minibus Appeal, Cambridge Aid, the Sawston Sports Centre and many local schools and youth groups being amongst the other twelve organisations to benefit.
Gerry Holloway, the event co-ordinator said ‘With much disappointment around us we were pleased that our resilience paid off, but the real winners will be the 2020 beneficiaries who will receive funds at this difficult time. We owe all the entrants a tremendous thanks as their fundraising outcomes far exceeded our expectations and the sponsors The Cambridge Building Society, Adams Harrison, Adcock Engineering, Gibbs Denley F & I Advisers, Morgan Sindall, the Central England Co-op, the Vindis Group and Sawston Parish Council who honoured their donations – thank you. Additionally all the volunteers who helped in different ways – thank you’.