5K Run for Cancer Research UK

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Kingsbury High School’s Year 8 students, coached by Year 13 mentors, have been organising and participating in extraordinary events, over the course of the school year, to raise money for their chosen charity – Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

After the success of their Christmas fair and their Valentine’s fair, 380 students put on their running shoes on Thursday 11th February to complete a 5K run around the school grounds and surrounds.

Students have already raised £1,830.00 nearing their target amount of £2,500. Their campaign, however, is not all about raising money, but also about raising awareness and collecting donations of which, they have received 57 of their 350 collection bag target!

Representatives from CRUK attended the 5K run where they witnessed for themselves, the determination, motivation and drive of the participating students. Dearbhla Cormacain from CRUK said “The commitment and dedication of your staff, Year 13s organisational skills and the enthusiasm of the Year 8s taking part made for a great atmosphere and an extremely successful day. I loved how much effort had gone into this event, from the beautiful colourful artwork on the gym walls before the event to setting up and decorating the course. The balloons on the gate were a great welcome to us and having the lead runner and marshal points along the route really helped to bring the event to life and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.”

After the run, students wrote about what the campaign means to them on paper feathers to create a beautiful display in the lower school building. The day ended with raffle prize draw with many winners.

Year 8s are now busy planning their next events and are sure they will be able to hit their targets!

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