A fundraising event for schoolchildren in Middlesbrough and Teesside will take place this weekend in Albert Park.
The Blithe Campaign, which has been designed by postgraduate students at Teesside University, is in aid of the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
A representative from the Blithe Campaign said: “Blithe’s goal is to prove that fundraising can also be fun-raising at the same time and shows one of our main goals, beside collecting money namely, is to put the fun into funding.”
“The fundraising-run is a 5K run and the fun-run is a 3K. It is a perfect opportunity to run with your family and friends; having fun and doing charity work at the same time.”
People of all ages are invited to join the event and to have a good time. The event is open for everyone, participants or not. Families and friends can watch and support the runners and enjoy the fun-raising programme afterwards, the charity said.
Daniel Vinzens (pictured) is one of those taking part in the run. He has currently raised nearly £147.00 for charity. Writing on his Justgiving account Dan said: “I enjoyed living and studying in Middlesbrough, that is why I decided to come back and doing my masters at Teesside.
“It is a great experience and the university and also the people here welcomed me with open arms. That is why I want to give something back. Being part of the Blithe campaign, I think it is a great way to help people that need support.
“My goal is to raise as much money as possible to support those that need help and financial aid. For this reason I am running the Albert Park in a Cookie Monster costume, to make people aware of the upcoming fundraising event and to find supporters that donate.”
He added: “The money is used for the hardship fund of the Middlesbrough and Teesside foundation. The schools recieve the money and can decide on their own how they are going to use it.”
Many children have already benefited from the fund and received proper shoes, winter clothes and school material that their family normally could not afford.
The fundraising-run begins at 11am, with the fancy dress fun-run starting later. There is also a participation fee of £3 for adults and £1 for children aged under 12.