TR Press UK - 02-03-2017

163,000 schoolchildren will participate in the Team Rynkeby School Run

No fewer than 163,000 schoolchildren will be lacing up their running shoes for a good cause when the Team Rynkeby School Run is held at schools in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland on the Friday before the Easter holidays.

Team Rynkeby Foundation's latest charity initiative, Team Rynkeby School Run, will be one of the year's biggest fitness and charity events when the run is held at schools in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland on Friday, April 7, 2017 – the Friday before Easter holidays.

This was made clear as soon as Team Rynkeby Foundation closed the registration for the School Run.

No fewer than 163,000 schoolchildren from 525 schools have registered for the Team Rynkeby School Run, which is held to benefit children with critical illnesses. The number of participants is more than 55 percent higher than last year and almost five times greater than in 2015 when the Run was held for the first time.

"The support has exceeded our wildest expectations. "We are extremely proud that with this initiative we can unite so many children in so many schools around the same idea – to do something good for themselves while doing something good for others," says Carl Erik Dalbøge, director of Team Rynkeby Foundation.

Making a difference together
The Team Rynkeby School Run works by encouraging registered schoolchildren to enter 'micro sponsorships' with family, friends and local businesspeople who are invited to donate a modest amount per lap or kilometre that each child runs.

The money is paid electronically to Team Rynkeby Foundation, which in turn donates the total sum to local charities in the four countries. In Denmark, the funds go to children with critical lung diseases, while in Sweden, Norway and Finland the funds are earmarked for the battle against childhood cancer.

"The race is not about who can raise the most money. "The Team Rynkeby School Run is about showing pupils that not all children are healthy, but that they actually have the opportunity to help make a difference for these children when they are part of a community. "We make a point of telling schools that when we have so many students united for the same cause, then each individual student doesn't actually have to do all that much before a change can be noticed," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

Team Rynkeby Foundation raised €2.5 million in connection with the Team Rynkeby School Run in 2016. 

The schools participating:

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