Run Kids Run is a charitable initiative bringing together primary schools for a Fun Run event with the aims of:
- enhancing community engagement and spirit
- getting kids, and their parents, fit
- raising vital funds for their schools
Now in its fourth year, the initiative started at Thornhill Primary School in Islington, to fill a significant school funding gap. Since then, it has grown year after year to include more schools in the borough. In 2021, eight schools took part in our community-wide event gathering 600 young runners.
Empowering children to raise funds
The children are encouraged to become active fund raisers by securing sponsorship from friends and family to run a 2k course.
Through the generous help of corporate sponsors and private donors, Run Kids Run is then able to match the children's fundraising efforts to up to £5,000 per school. The more schools take part, the more children benefit.
Precious funds for schools
Prior to the Covid crisis, schools were already suffering from government cut-backs. Covid 19 made a bad situation worse. Schools are faced with a choice of either accepting these cut backs and reducing their offering to kids or they can find other ways of plugging the funding gap.
In previous years, these funds were used to build a library at Thornhill Primary. This year, they are destined for a variety of educational needs: a new sensory room at Laycock Primary, the provision of mental health services at St John's Highbury Vale, a specialist music teacher at SMMA, the purchase playground equipment at William Tyndale and Montem Primary and so much more . . . These are much needed funds in a Covid year.
Kids who run, run the world
All children taking part complete a 2k course. They don’t have to go fast, they just have to go! They can choose to run, skip or walk as long as they challenge themselves to complete it. Getting children involved in running from a young age has many benefits: it keeps them fit and healthy, builds their confidence, teaches them to work towards a goal and helps with their mental wellbeing and concentration. Run Kids Run also addresses a major problem with fitness in young people - and this has been exasperated by the lockdown with many kids not getting the exercise they would normally get in school. There is a lot of media attention on childhood obesity – and this run is a positive action against this.
Bringing communities together
An event like this brings a community together. It unites people over a common bond and is something that tightens the connection and sense of belonging.
Jenny Lewis, head teacher at Thornhill Primary School, has been a long-standing supporter of the initiative: “I love Run Kids Run because it is fully inclusive; everyone can take part. You don’t have to be an expert runner. You can run, jog, skip and when you reach your limit - just walk! It brings our school and the local community together in a day full of fun and excitement. The best thing, everyone goes home a winner at the end of the day!"
Thanks to your donations Run Kids Run’s ambition is to bring this community initiative to a school near you!