Charities join forces for park fun day

Participants prepare for the start of the 10k Running the Race
Participants prepare for the start of the 10k Running the Race

A FUN run and family day at Strathclyde Park has raised thousands for charities working in Africa.

The sponsored Running The Race 10k organised by the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) attracted 130 participants who were keen to support the charity which uses light aircraft to transport aid to people in remote areas.

For those not running there was plenty of fun on offer such as puppets, inflatables, face painting, crafts and games, plus live music including local band Union State on the main stage.

As well as MAF all the money raised will be split with another four charities who work in Africa.

They are the Christian Blind Mission, Aim which facilitates the creation of new churches, Open Doors which fights Christian persecution and Wycliffe which promotes literacy.

Kevin Simpson, head of MAF Scotland, said: “Everything we could control went well and for our first time working with the other four charities I thought the day went fine.

“We were quite happy with the turn out and thank every one who came along and took part to raise money for some very worthwhile causes.

“At the moment we are hoping for up to £10,000 was raised, but the logistics of communicating between five charities means it might be some time before we know a final total, although whatever it is I can guarantee it will do a lot of good work.

“We are intending to hold Running The Race again next year and hopefully will the sun will be shining and we’ll have even more people coming along.”