On Sunday 28 February 2016, a team of 75 runners supporting Penny Appeal hit the streets of Coventry, pounding the pavements for over 13 miles to raise money to support refugees.
They took part in Coventry’s Half Marathon and far exceeded their fundraising targets, bringing in over an incredible £46,000 for Penny Appeal’s Refugee Emergency campaign. The money will go on to provide vital aid to those fleeing conflict, with the charity’s teams on the ground in places like Lebanon, Syria and Greece, delivering things such as nutritious food, warm clothes and hygiene kits.
Mergim Butaja, whose family fled from war-torn Kosovo when he was just seven years old, said the challenge was a way of showing solidarity with those in desperate need. He said: “Despite the setbacks during training and a few muscular pains at the start I was determined to finish the race. Jog, sprint, walk, hop, roll or crawl – I was going to finish!”
Throughout the winter, the team has been meeting up to train together, inspiring one another to try harder. Signing up is one thing but to commit to fundraising, then turning up on race day, takes a huge amount of courage and determination.
“Running Coventry’s Half Marathon was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life!” said Samera Rehman.
Susie James agreed. “I’m so glad I said yes to this challenge!” she said, “I found out about an incredible charity, which does the most incredible things for the most vulnerable refugees. I challenged myself physically by running further than I ever have before — channelling every pain and injury into a focus on the task in hand: raising funds for those suffering much greater pains.”
The #TeamOrange volunteer family also hosted a special Cheer Station at mile 12, giving runners a bit of extra encouragement for the final mile. They handed out juicy oranges, donated by a generous sponsor, and made plenty of noise as the 5,000 runners made their way past. The new Penny Appeal bus was also present, giving supporters an insight into the charity’s work to help the poor and needy worldwide.
To join #TeamOrange or find out about upcoming challenges and volunteer activities, visit the Penny Appeal website.
Get ready for a day of exciting sports and fitness activities. The Ladies Fitness Extravaganza held at Eden Girls School in Coventry on 21st February, is a unique event created to fund emergency aid to refugees arriving in Greece.
Women and girls from Coventry and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to experience a fitness bootcamp, try out zumba, yoga and tabata, play dodgeball and other games. A brilliant way to drive out the winter blues. Healthy refreshments and food will be available throughout the day. Attendees will also receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag.
The event will help Penny Appeal provide support to those fleeing horrible conditions who are in desperate need of help. Refugees arriving in Europe are determined to escape conflict and build brighter futures for their families. Penny Appeal teams are working on the ground in Greece to distribute vital aid direct to refugees arriving by boat.
By attending this day of fitness and sport, not only will you have a lot of fun and go home feeling energised and refreshed, but you will also help aid workers to continue to provide the hot meals, shelter, clothes and hygiene items that refugees desperately need.
For more information or to register for the event, please contact Alycia at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07476934749.
Get active for a good cause by joining Penny Appeal’s “Run For Their Lives” challenge!
Penny Appeal’s new fundraising manager Haroon Mota will be leading #TeamOrange as they take on 13.1 miles at Coventry’s Half Marathon on Sunday 28th February, and you could be one of them.
#TeamOrange are looking for amazing individuals like you to join Haroon and take on this incredible challenge, to provide vital provisions for refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. You’ll help provide food packs, hygiene essentials and medical supplies, which for many people could be the difference between life and death.
Also taking on this challenge is Mergim Butaja, star from 2015 BBC The Apprentice series. You could be joining him and the rest of the team. This is your chance to do something AMAZING!
Registration & further info: https://www.pennyappeal.org/appeal/run-for-their-lives
Follow and support the team on Twitter @Haroon_Mota
Penny Appeal joined forces with Amir Khan to deliver a life saving convoy to refugees arriving on Lesbos Island