Get healthy and raise some money for a worthy cause

Get healthy and raise some money for a worthy cause

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is urging Scots to make a healthy New Year’s resolution by signing up for a fantastic 6k fun run to help the world’s poorest people.

After the huge success of its first 5k last year, SCIAF has decided to turn this annual event into a 6k to allow everyone to complete the breath-taking loop around Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell.

Registration for the 6k on Saturday 2nd June 2018 is now open. Your entry fee and sponsorship will fund SCIAF’s life-changing work across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Completing the 6k course will be a fun challenge for people of all levels of fitness, young and old, but many people living in poverty around the world have to walk at least 6k every day just to survive.

In the poorest communities in Ethiopia men, women and children walk for hours each day to reach clean drinking water and with little time left for work or school, it’s almost impossible to break the cycle of poverty.

Every step you take on the SCIAF fun run – whether you run, jog or walk - will bring someone living in poverty closer to freeing themselves from hunger, poverty and injustice, and support the charity’s work promoting peace, education and providing emergency aid such as food, medicine and shelter when disasters strike.

 

SCIAF’S Director Alistair Dutton said:

“Our first fun run was such a huge success and we’re doing it again, this time we’ll complete the full 6k circuit right around this wonderful park.

“Those who took part in our first fun run had a great time and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.

“Why not make your first New Year’s resolution to run or walk our 6k and start getting into training with your friends and family. As well as giving your fitness a boost, you’ll be helping some of the poorest people in the world living with hunger, poverty, disease and disasters.

“Every day, SCIAF and our partners are working in some of the poorest countries in the world, helping thousands of people with seeds, farm tools, skills training and small loans so that they can buy more food, set up a business, and earn some money to support themselves and their families.”

Last year well over a hundred people from across Scotland took part with Deacon Blue singer-songwriter Ricky Ross, who travelled to Zambia last January to see SCIAF’s work with poor farmers first hand, and his family and friends.

At the finish line, our 2017 winner John Brogan said: “It was nice to get a nice medal and the kids have all had a good day. I’ve always given money to support SCIAF and it’s wonderful that so much of the money that’s raised goes to the actual causes.”

Sign up for the 2018 SCIAF Fun Run by visiting www.sciaf.org.uk or calling 0141 354 5555.