Sunday 4th October 2020
SAWSTON COMMUNITY FUN RUN CHALLENGE EVENT
Success makes another £10,000 available NOW!
Challenge Event takes Fun Run to the £500,000 milestone Rotarians raise over £26,000 from the October Challenge Event
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston raised an amazing £26,000 on October 4th from the imaginative event that replaced what would have been the thirty-fifth annual Sawston Fun and Walk in May. It ensures that all those that hoped to benefit will receive funds and takes the cumulative amount raised from the event to £500,000.
The club was keen to show its resolve and commitment to the local community by holding an event to ensure funds were raised for the local charities and organisations that expected donations from the Fun Run. The organising committee came up with the idea of turning the problem into a solution, so the Sawston Community Challenge was born. The event 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. It was a non-competitive event with the entrants setting off from 10.00am at 10 second intervals between them. Unlike normal years, the police and the county council agreed that road closures were unnecessary as entrants used public footpaths with marshals placed strategically around both courses.
Registration was restricted to online entry and entrants were able to use Virgin Money Giving for fundraising which proved to be highly successful. Helped by additional support from sponsors, who included The Cambridge Building Society, the total raised from the event was just over £26,000.
The main beneficiaries are the Sawston Village College Minibus Appeal, Cambridge Aid and Sawston Sports Centre swimming pool hoist with many local schools and youth groups being amongst the other twelve organisations to benefit.
Due to the amount raised further funds are now available applications for these funds can be made using the form linked below.
On the day all entrants, who included Rotarians from other clubs, were subjected to a temperature check, managed and operated by PPP First Aid professionals and social distancing requirements. Whilst there was none of the traditional stalls and party atmosphere at Sawston Village College and no bands on the routes, the entrants were supported by local residents who cheered them around the route despite adverse conditions.
Comments from the entrants included:
• the event was extremely well organised under very difficult circumstances. Well done.
• It was so well organised, well done to the Rotary and all the volunteers
• really well organised, Covid-safe community event, huge well done to everyone involved.
• it was brilliantly organised in difficult circumstances and was great fun! My 8 year old son loved it and said it was the best thing ever! It was great to be doing something positive to support community projects during this difficult time.