READY? SET? RUN FOR KIDS!
Give back by getting healthier! This fun fitness event is completely flexible even for beginners! You can organize the event as a shared marathon, half marathon, or a 5K race in honor of Save the Children. Or, you can divide the distance between the number of participants and run a relay race. Schools can incorporate this event into their physical activity curriculum, while at the same time raising awareness of the challenges some kids face every day simply to access clean water, nutritious food or healthcare. We've got tons of resources available here to ensure that your event runs smoothly. All funds raised will go directly to helping make sure that children in America and around the world survive and thrive.
So get on your running shoes and start your Run for Kids fundraising page today, while improving the future for kids, one step at a time!
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Why we fundraise
THE BIKE RUNNER
Alan Thompson, 67, is completing a fundraiser riding around the perimeter of the United States. Thompson said, "I've had my fair share of adventure in life, so the main purpose here is to generate funds for Habitat For Humanity and Save the Children. If I can do that, then it will be an effort well intentioned and spent." You are our hero, Alan!
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS FOR KIDS
Best friends Jon Fain and Rick Rowan climbed Time Wave Zero, a 2100 ft. vertical route in Mexico, which entailed 2 hours of hiking, 14 hours of climbing and several hours of rappelling...all for Save the Children. Jon said, "Rick and I aren't professional climbers by any means. We are just two guys who enjoy climbing and wanted to do it for a cause. The idea of this is that you can be a regular person and make a run at something difficult in order to do some good."
SWIM TEAMS DIVE IN TO HELP NEPAL
Within one month of the deadly 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Staples High School Varsity Swim Team and The Westport Water Rats dove in to help. By creating the "Swim for Nepal," a five-hour swim event, they were able to raise over $43,000 to benefit Save the Children’s relief efforts there. More than 175 swimmers, ranging in age from 6 to 18, took part. The "Swim for Nepal" remains one of the most successful school fundraisers in our history.
BABY NOAH DONATES HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY
"It was my husband Mark’s idea to have our friends and family donate to Save the Children for our son Noah’s first birthday. He thought of it after we ran in the Disney charity races and learned about the wonderful things Save the Children does," says Celeste Kanpurwala. "We were thrilled that we raised over $1,600 from our generous friends and family! We had 125 people at Noah’s big birthday bash held at our local elementary school."
A SPECIAL GIFT FOR HER SPECIAL DAY
As Julia prepared for her bat Mitzvah, her synagogue also required a "mitzvah project” from everyone undertaking this traditional rite of passage. "We had to do something to help others on a large scale," Julia explains. “I decided I wanted to raise money for a charity, and I chose Save the Children because I’m 13 and thought it would be very special to help other kids. "I think this is an especially important cause because kids don’t have the same access to resources and help that adults do," she said.
BIKING 4,000 Miles FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES
"There’s just this incredible, incredible need out there, specifically for the children, to relieve some of their emotional suffering, but also in physical terms of getting basic needs met," Matt says. “And that means shelter and food." To help us meet those needs, he’s biking the Trans-America Trail, beginning in Virginia and traveling west to Oregon with a goal of raising $10,000. It will take him more than 4,000 miles from coast to coast. His goal? To raise money and awareness for Syrian refugees through Save the Children.
Twelve-year-old Riley writes: "Last spring, I read the young readers edition of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Under the Persimmon Tree in school. Both of these books inspired me to help the children in war-torn areas, especially in the Middle East. "I have never been one to sit around, so I went straight to my local church and set up a bake and craft sale. I held a fundraiser for your organization and managed to raise over $500 for the children!"