Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Sawston Fun Run 2011: Charities and local organisations encouraged to apply for funding

go to Rotary Club of Sawston Districtclick to go to Cambridge Building Societyclick to go to the Sawston Fun Run homepage

Local charities and organisations are invited to become a beneficiary of the 2011 Sawston Fun Run that will be held on Sunday 15th May 2011. The event, the largest community-led event in the region, regularly donates over £15,000 to local charities and organisations and has provided over £336,000 to them since it was first held in 1986.

Charities and organisations that assist local residents, especially those of South Cambridgeshire, will be given preference in the selection process. Applicants need to identify a specific project or activity that needs support, who will benefit, when funds are needed and the impact any funding will have. Whilst capital projects are preferred, the selection is based on the strength of each case.

The closing date for applications is Monday 30th November.

Application forms are available off the website at www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk or by emailing t.collett@virgin.net.

The Rotary Club of Sawston District, who organise the event, have developed it over the last ten years so it engages with all sections of the community and regularly attracts over 1,000 entrants.

An increasing number of local businesses and retailers from Cambridge, Sawston and the surrounding area sponsor and support the event in many different ways. Local youth groups and cadet forces provide entertainment and man water stations and fulfil car parking duties. Other groups such as the cricket club help on the day and many individuals give of their time.

It is one of the original local fun runs and has grown to become the largest community event of its type in the area - organised and managed totally by volunteers.

The Rotary Club has raised over £147,000 since it became the organiser in 2001 and Vic Starkey, current President of the club says ‘We’re glad we can play our part in the community by giving so much pleasure on the day to so many people, whilst raising funds for local organisations and charities. We’re grateful to all who give us support and hope that everyone will help us make the 2011 as successful as those in the past; the community deserves to be congratulated on its wonderful fund raising efforts over the years, let’s plan to make the 2011 event another success’.

Past sponsors and advertisers are already confirming their support; any business or individual wishing to become involved should email Tony Collett, of the organising committee, at t.collett@virgin.net.

Entry forms will be available from February 2011 off the website and branches of Cambridge Building Society.

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