Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Running Santas Make Dreams Come True

Meyrick Park will become home of hundreds of Santas on 30th November due to the fundraising activity organized by Round Table Children’s Wish.
The Olympic athlete Derek Redmond will start a Santa Run in Meyrick Park. Hundreds of men and boys dressed in Santa suits will be sponsored to run laps of the park to raise money so some of the children with life-threatening illnesses can experience their dream of visiting Lapland to meet Father Christmas.
Fundraising manager of RTCW Helen Jeffery says: ″Among the children hoping to go to Lapland this year are eight-year-old Lewis and five-year-old Rhys who both suffer from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, four-year-old Connor who has Cystic Fibrosis, nine-year-old Ashley who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and 12-year-old Alice who has Lymphoma.″
PR account director of RTCW Jenna Weekes says that they have helped more than 1,160 children so far – among them were Elaine, a 15-year-old dancer who fought an incredible battle against cancer of the heart and sadly passed away last year. Her dream was to swim with dolphins, RTCW was able to make that happen and it was a very special moment for her.
Bournemouth University Students’ Union Volunteer Co-ordinator Alexia Browning says Students’ Union co-operates with RTCW during this year through its own charity programme RAG (Raise and Give) by organising fundraising activities. She adds: ″Round Table Children’s Wish is a brilliant charity which brings a little bit of joy to children’s lives who are really ill or life limited.″

Barclays Community Relations Officer David Bond says: ″We were approached by several employees from the Poole and Bournemouth area who had worked previously with RTCW in fundraising to see if we could look to make a donation to help towards the costs of the event. We appreciated this would both mean a lot to our people as well as having the potential to fulfil terminally ill Children’s wish to go to Lapland this Christmas.″

Bournemouth resident Zara Mercier, 59, says: ″I am happy to live in a community where people stand by each other and let little miracles happen for ill children.″

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