Around 25 people participated in the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge in Glasgow on Sunday 18 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. In addition, BAPS Charities also raised funds for Deafblind Scotland to support their commendable work in the local community.
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 Glasgow’s Mel Milaap Centre in the presence of Susan Williamson, Regional Fundraiser for Diabetes UK, and Michael Anderson, Director of Deafblind Scotland.
Addressing the gathering, Susan Williamson said: “We are very happy to have been able to attend today and are really struck by how engaged the community is with us. It is very encouraging to see people of all ages taking part in the charity run.”
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the scenic route of Kelvingrove Park amid fine conditions.
One of the local participants, Suketu Patel, 28, shared: “This is my first charity Challenge and it is an amazing event. We get to help our community and also have lots of fun. I can’t wait for the next year’s event!”
BAPS Charities volunteer Jignesh Desai added: “We’re very proud and fortunate to be able to support such worthy causes, and are thankful to everyone for their support and generosity.”
To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.
To learn about Deafblind Scotland, please click here.
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