Organised in conjunction with Everyone Active and sponsored by local companies Montezuma’s Chocolates and Store Property; the Chichester Half Marathon Event has raised an incredible £100,000 for Children on the Edge since 2012. Children on the Edge support some of the world’s most vulnerable children in countries including Uganda, Burma, Bangladesh and India.
This race is now in is sixth year and has grown in popularity year on year. It now attracts around 1000 runners. Often referred to as the ‘Chi half’, we offer three popular races; the Half Marathon, the Ten Miler and the Team Relay, all of which take runners through the tough multi-terrain course around Chichester city centre and over the beautiful South Downs.
This year, Children on the Edge want to raise £40 000 to support our work with refugee children; £8000 more than raised in 2016. To meet our ambitious target, we are calling for 1200 runners to take part and 100 fundraisers to commit to raise £100 each as part of the ‘Run for Refugees’ Team.
Children on the Edge Executive Director, Ben Wilkes said:
“The local support for the Chi Half event is incredible, including from many Chichester-based businesses, and we’re so grateful to our runners who return year on year. We want a record number of people to take part in 2017 to help us raise £40 000 for our work with vulnerable children abroad. With three distances on offer; we hope that even more people will be able to join us on Sunday 8th October.
Money raised through fundraising and by people taking part in our races supports Children on the Edge projects around the world, including in Lebanon; where they run four tent schools for Syrian refugee children. These schools are located in the Bekaa Valley, in small refugee camps that are not serviced by the larger aid agencies. The schools employ teachers trained from with the refugee community itself and offer high-quality education in a safe place for nearly 500 children who have fled war and violence. Costing just £1 per child per day, they also allow the children a chance to play and just be children again.
Fundraisers who raise the target of £100 can cover the costs of sending 100 Syrian refugee children to school for a day in Lebanon, so your money really does go a long way.
All our fundraisers will get VIP support on the day plus a Team t-shirt when they start fundraising.
Sign up to a race and join the Run for Refugees Team or contact Amy Rook, our Fundraising Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to make a donation to Children on the Edge, you can do so here.