Wellspring Academies Hosts ‘Jog for Japan: A Race for Relief’ Fund-Raiser

Wellspring Academies, home of the Style Network television series Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, is hosting “Jog for Japan : A Race for Relief,” a fundraiser to assist the youngest victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami disasters. The fundraising event is set to take place on Saturday, April 23 at Wellspring Academies campuses in Reedley, CA and Brevard, NC, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

In addition to running in the “Jog for Japan” race, students from both Academies are involved in organizing the fund-raiser, pursuing sponsorships, community outreach, and coordinating the race event site. In the days leading up to the race, students will devote their culinary and nutrition classes—a key component of the curriculum at Wellspring Academies and Wellspring Camps—to preparing low-fat snacks to fuel racers and event volunteers.

Given Wellspring’s focus on teaching children, teens and young adults to get active and live a healthy lifestyle, creating a fundraiser to benefit children felt like a meaningful way for race organizers to take action in the face of the tragedy in Japan. In the words of Crystal Sain, Program Coach at Wellspring Academy of California and one of the event organizers, “I realized that while there was probably nothing I could do myself that would have an impact, I knew that by being a part of a large, motivated community like Wellspring, there was some real good we could do for the children in Japan.”

The US Fund for UNICEF (USF) is making the unusual decision to provide assistance to Japan — which is usually a donor to UNICEF rather than a recipient of funds—due to the unique needs of children in the wake of the unprecedented disaster in Japan. 100% of funds raised by Wellspring Academies through the “Jog for Japan ” fund-raiser will go directly to USF to support their efforts. Donors can sponsor a specific runner for every mile completed in the race, or choose to make a general donation. Runners are also being recruited for both the California and North Carolina races. Full information is available here.

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Individuals from Chem-Dry raised over £8,000 in aid of the Asthma UK

Individuals from carpet cleaners, upholstery cleaning and damage restoration business Chem-Dry® have raised in excess of £8,000 following a successful climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, in aid of the Chem-Dry’s Charity of the Year – Asthma UK.

The group of 15, made up of employees, franchisees and individuals from Chem-Dry’s private equity company LDC, spent six days trekking through rainforest, moorland and alpine desert, with the aim of reaching the ice capped tip of the mountain – Uhuru Peak. The participants walked six to eight hours every day and lived out of backpacks for the duration of the challenge. The thinning air and ever changing weather conditions tested the group’s resolve and determination to battle on to the summit. All but one made it to the top, albiet exhausted and in pain after a gruelling nine hour climb in the darkness and freezing cold temperatures.

Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Chem-Dry UK Managing Director, said: “Chem-Dry wanted to take part in a challenge that would help pull in substantial funds for our Charity of the Year, Asthma UK. The Kilimanjaro climb was a huge mental and physical challenge that saw everyone struggle at times. Reaching the summit and raising over £8,000 for the charity is a huge achievement for the whole of Chem-Dry. I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors for their kind support.

Catherine Morton, Corporate Partnerships Officer for Asthma UK, said:“Congratulations to the group for their amazing achievement and huge thanks for their generous donations which will help fund vital research into the causes of asthma. Some people with asthma can’t even climb the stairs at home let alone climb Kilimanjaro, so this money will be a great help in supporting them through specialist services like our Asthma UK Adviceline“.

There is still time to donate and help support the Asthma UK cause. Cheques are to be made payable to Chem-Dry UK – Kilimanjaro and sent to: Kristy Sanderson, Chem-Dry UK, Colonial House, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley HU17 0LS.

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Guinness World Record BBQ Attempt in Aid of WellChild

Would you sponsor a Guinness World Record Attempt for the longest ever barbecue? That’s exactly what BBQBarbecues are doing to help raise funds for WellChild, an amazing charity that helps and support’s sick children and their families across the UK. When asked if they would be interested in helping WellChild supporter Braham Snyman and his friends attempt to break the Guinness World Record it was an easy answer.

Scott Morris, E-Commerce Manager of BBQBarbecues said: “After a fantastic and very busy 2010 we wanted to give something back and there is no better way to do it than to help a children’s charity. WellChild have a dedicated team of skilled individuals and is well known throughout the country by members of the public and even have a supportive patron in Prince Harry” Scott continued and said “What Braham is trying to do is not only break a record but raise awareness for a very worthwhile cause and we wish them all the luck in his attempt”

To complete the task Braham will have to continuously cook burgers and sausages on thebbq for an incredible 30 hours and aim to beat the current record of 28.5 hours achieved by Jan Braai last year in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is scheduled to take place at Play On Sports, Canary Wharf, London on Sauturday 16th April at 11am and will be finishing on Sunday 17th April at 7pm. The event is also very close to the London Marathon course which will be held on the Sunday.

Leaked news suggests that voucher codes will be available on the day for discounts when shopping on BBQBarbecues website and will be valid throughout the month of April.

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