This year’s annual five mile Run for Women saw over 1,000 students, staff and parents from Plymouth raise money for CAFOD and in doing so, play their part in helping women and girls in some of the poorest countries throughout the world.
The event was born when Simon Giarchi teamed with co-organiser Leah Burch to highlight the existing poverty and gender inequality gap, as girls currently make up 70% of the world’s 1 billion poorest people. As Simon, who works in the CAFOD office in Plymouth explains:
“The Run for Women started in 2011, marking the centenary of International Women’s day, and this will be the 6th year the run has taken place. We have had over 10,000 participants, pupils, parents and teachers, raising many thousands of pounds for the vital work that CAFOD does with women and girls in their communities.”
Leah Burch, who stepped in to organise the event this year, after Simon had a new arrival in the family, said:
“The run for women across the seven Plymouth schools was a huge success.”
As part of this event each participating school arranged their own course, either creating a route around their campus, or allowing students to run around local parks and athletic tracks.
One enthusiast participant, Rachael Riley, a teacher at Holy Cross, said:
“Great start to the day with a 5 mile run from Notre Dame, cheered on by the school!”
Most importantly, the funds raised from the Run for Women will go directly to CAFOD’s partners in 35 countries who work in partnership to help girls reach their potential through education and training and thereby empowering them to become community leaders.
by Maxwell Dean