The Marathon Appeal to Get Kids Going

The Marathon Appeal to Get Kids Going

Jo Bennett, Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport at Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form and Tameside College will be running the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon on April 25th to help raise funds for charity.

“I have pledged to support this disability sport charity ‘Get Kids Going’, who help over 250,000 disabled children take part in sport.” ‘Get Kids Going’ provides specially built sports wheelchairs so children and young people can take part in marathons, triathlons, athletics, mountain skiing and play rugby, basketball and tennis. They also encourage British disabled children to compete by supporting them with their sports training, physiotherapy, travel, design and development of sports wheelchairs. It costs between £2,000 and £3,000 to buy a sports wheelchair to help get these kids going.

National Diploma Level 3 Sport students are actively involved in helping to raise such funds by planning events that will run from April until the September. Students organised a staff vs students charity mixed netball match to raise funds. The event provided the students with invaluable experience and an incredible sense of achievement. The fundraising is directly applicable to their chosen course of study and provides direct links with the benefits of both the ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative and the ‘Get Set Olympics’ campaign.

Jo explains, “As a tutor of Sport I am a firm advocate that every child should have access to sport without ability being a barrier.  By running the Marathon and raising funds I wish to inspire those students around me to uphold the same views of equality and lead them to be actively involved in similar events in the future.  Here is my fundraising link – I’d be very grateful if you could help me support this charity. http://www.justgiving.com/Joanne-Bennett . No matter what you can afford to sponsor me or support the charity in one of our events around college, please donate. Pennies make pounds!”