TR Press UK - 05-02-2018

Record number of students lace up their trainers to benefit critically ill children

700 schools from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland will unite to put exercise and charity on the school schedule when the Team Rynkeby School Run is held on the Friday before the Easter holidays.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by all of the support.”

This is the response from Team Rynkeby Foundation Director, Carl Erik Dalbøge, after Team Rynkeby closed registrations for the School Run over the weekend.

No fewer than 200,000 students from 700 schools in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland are registered to take part in the School Run, which is held on the Friday before the Easter holidays. The number of participants is well over 25 percent higher than last year – and the increase comes as a surprise to the Team Rynkeby Director.

“We had probably been quietly hoping to match last year’s number of participants. In Denmark, the School Run involves somewhere between every sixth and every seventh student, and there are, after all, limits to how much we can increase the level of participation. However, a great many schools have made the Team Rynkeby School Run a regular recurring event because they see it as an opportunity to create a strong community of values around doing something good for yourself while doing something good for others,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

Focus on critically ill children
The School Run is a traditional fun run, where the students spend an hour or two trying to complete as many laps as possible. At the same time, students have the opportunity to enter ‘micro sponsorships’ with family and friends.

In Denmark, the sponsorship funds are donated in full to the Children’s Lung Foundation, while in Sweden, Norway and Finland, the funds go to three different childhood cancer organisations.

Last year alone, students in the four countries raised over € 1.9 million to benefit critically ill children, but according to Carl Erik Dalbøge, the money is not the most important aspect of the Team Rynkeby School Run.

“What’s most important is that students find that by putting on their trainers and making a limited effort, they can help make a world of difference to some children and families who are having a really hard time. Because when there are so many students uniting for the same purpose, the individual doesn’t have to put in that much effort before it can really be felt,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge, who adds:

“And we’re also hearing from families who have children suffering from critical illnesses about how much it means to them that there’s an event in which students gather to run for their children. That’s something the students should keep in mind when they run,” he says.

This year makes it the fourth time that the Team Rynkeby School Run has been held at schools throughout the Nordic region.

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