Around 25 people took to the streets in Edinburgh for the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge on Saturday 17 May 2014.
Each year, BAPS Charities organises a fun and healthy charity event for individuals to unite as a community to support a worthy cause. At several towns and cities around the UK, around 4,000 enthusiastic men, women and children of all ages – ranging from toddlers through to senior citizens in their nineties – walk, jog and even run a distance of 10 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for a variety of good causes.
This year’s event partnered nationally with Diabetes UK, the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes – including the 3.8 million people in the UK that are currently diagnosed with the disease. Locally, BAPS Charities also raised funds for Edinburgh Headway Group to support their remarkable work caring for people affected by brain injuries.
The Challenge this year builds on 20 years of sponsored events. Previous national charity partners have included Macmillan Cancer Research, Barnardo’s, The Anthony Nolan Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, KIDS, as well as Diabetes UK.
The event kicked-off shortly after 10:30am from Edinburgh’s famous Holyrood Park.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the scenic route of Queens Drive enjoying breath-taking views of Arthur’s Seat and various lochs.
One of the participants, Ravi Thakkar, 24, shared: “It’s always an honour to do my bit for our community, but the BAPS Charities Challenge is always such a well-organised and enjoyable event, it makes it even more worthwhile.”
BAPS Charities volunteers Jitendra Mistry and Vipul Ranpara added: “There’s been such a wonderful response from everyone to participate and make a positive contribution to the local community. We’re so thankful to them all for helping us help so many others.”
To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.
To learn about Edinburgh Headway Group, please click here.
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