Join the Hastings Half Marathon Dolly dash to raise cash for local children’s book charity!. Calling all runners, New Year’s resolution fitness fans and those willing to flex their calf muscles for a good cause! Now the festivities are over and the tinsel has been taken down, for many all that remains is a slightly snugger waistband and a yearning desire to get fit.
If you need an extra incentive, why not shift a few pounds whilst raising a few quid for Imagine Nation, a charity which aims to provides free books to every pre-school child in Hastings and St Leonards?
Imagine Nation hopes to sign up 100 runners or walkers to take part in the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday 19th March 2017 to help promote their work and raise funds. They are offering to pay the registration fee if runners raise £160 or more and this amount will also fund 60 books which equates to one child receiving a carefully selected, age appropriate every month from birth to the age of five. The aim is for every child to build their own personal library and there is evidence to show that the greater the number of books owned by a child, the better their educational outcome, employment prospects and even health in the future.
Imagine Nation is affiliated with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which was launched in her American home town in Tennessee in 1995 when she realised the benefits that her father would have had if he were not illiterate. As a result there will be a Dolly theme on the day, with some runners opting to don Dolly wigs and boobs plus Sarah Jayne, a Dolly Parton tribute act, will be performing and entertaining runners and spectators alike.
If you would like to get involved you can contact Imagine Nation either via the Facebook face (imagine Nation East Sussex),
email email@example.com or follow these links to out websites. www.imagine-nation.uk, www.imaginationlibrary.com.
Pestalozzi International Village Trust
Pestalozzi is a UK-based charity with more than 50 years' experience of offering life-changing opportunities to young people from disadvantaged communities around the world. Their vision is to inspire young people to make a difference in the world and their mission is to produce globally conscious young leaders.
Pestalozzi awards scholarships to exceptional 16-19 year olds who are academically gifted but have limited educational prospects in their home countries. These young people have all demonstrated their enthusiasm for helping to make a difference in their communities.
Pestalozzi students live for two years in our multi-cultural, multi-faith community in East Sussex, UK, where they welcome difference and embrace diversity. They complete their secondary-level education and undertake a broad range of extra-curricular activities, gaining an holistic education focused on the Pestalozzi principles of Head, Heart and Hands.
Pestalozzi scholarships give these young people an opportunity they would not otherwise receive - the chance to develop their potential, pursue their ambitions and go on to make a real and lasting difference in the world.
Name: Pemba Dorji
The last time I participated in my school’s Half Marathon, I finished it in about 2 hours and 20 minutes but suffered some severe muscle pains afterwards. It was without any prior practice.This time I trained along with my Pestalozzi friends every Sunday for a good four months before the grand finale came. The event lied right ahead. We cheered up each other as we all joined thousands other on the road. The kick-off signal went and the marathon began.
I maintained a steady speed as I went on. I was really encouraged and up-lifted to see many people cheering and helping the runners all along the route. It was a very supportive environment which I didn’t get in my previous marathon.
Almost 11miles done and I discerned the cool breeze of the sea and the sight of the sea-front ahead. I wasn’t very tired but I started to have some pain in my muscles as I descended down to the seaside. For a while I feared I might have to give up but my heart was too elated to step down from the final two miles of what is going to become a remarkable achievement in my dairy. I compromised my pace a bit for my muscle but kept on pushing myself forward along the- as many other have told me earlier- "the never-ending seafront.” Finally, the sight of the finishing line drew me closer and closer to my goal, and to our goal.
The road ahead bored along its side so many welcoming hands and resounding felicitation. All the tense in my legs subsided and ebullience elevated high above me. A smile forced its way on my face and I gave a full rejuvenated dash in the final few yards. Just then I realized that I have just run pass the sweetest road I have ever came across in my life.
Shortly after, my other friends also crossed the finishing line and the atmosphere was filled with the achievement of our team spirit and support. We made it at last!. Looking at the time, I am very glad to have beaten my previous record by nearly an hour.
Pestalozzi has been involved in the Hastings Half Marathon for many years and here is a story from Pemba Dorji who ran for us last year.
Dom's Food Mission
Dom's FOOD mission helps feed less fortunate people and stops food waste in our community!
From the homeless to families we make sure food is available to those who really need it! 18 months ago this amazing journey began and To date we feed roughly 1k people a month!
If you would like to join our journey and raise some vital funds for us by running in the half marathon 2017 we would be honoured to have you involved!. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macmillan Cancer Support
To date, the 2015 event saw us raise a little over £2,400 for local people affected by cancer.