Running for children

By Anjali Saroop, Communications Intern

Getting up at 5’o clock on a Saturday morning does not seem very appealing. Yet, when a noble cause calls, the time of the day doesn’t matter. Ask the students of King’s College in Auckland. On April 28, these enthusiastic students were up and running from 6’o clock in the morning to late into the night to raise funds to help some of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children.

King’s College students have held an annual ‘Runathon’ event for the past four years. This year’s event was organised by student, Tom Caulton in support of two organisations – ChildFund and KiwiCan. Funds raised for ChildFund will go towards the Special Education Needs school project in Zambia where ChildFund is working with the Luangwa local community to allow children with disabilities gain precious education.

Zambia Special Needs School Appeal

On Saturday at the King’s College athletics track in the suburb of Otahuhu the determined students ran multiple laps through the long day. Each lap they ran helped in raising money for improving the lives of fellow students in Zambia. The students were even joined by our Prime Minister, John Key who ran a notable five laps! The whole day had a nice carnival feel, with stalls for food and games. The students had also arranged for singlets, raffles and car wash to raise even more money for the cause.

The annual King’s College Runathon

The excitement and energy with which these students ran the event throughout a cool, overcast day which constantly threatened rain was simply awesome. The event was a full house with some parents and teachers cheering the students and even joining in with their efforts.

Organiser Tom Caulton and friend!

As many as 25 students ran an equivalent of a half marathon and 10 went the whole haul with a full marathon worth of laps. Jordan Lane and Shelale Mazari were the top male and female runners of the day. The efforts of King’s College students have helped in raising a tremendous amount – more than $16,000 for the Special Education Needs project! ChildFund thanks each and every student who gave up their Saturday to make such a significant difference in the lives of children living with disabilities in Zambia.

Thank you King’s College!

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