Maccabi GB Fun Runners raise over £7,000 for Chai

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Over 120 people took on the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run in aid of Chai Cancer Care on Sunday 11th June at Allianz Park.  The event, which has raised over £7,000 so far for Chai, was a huge success again this year with over 5,000 people taking part to support and raise money for their chosen charities. 

Energetic Chai supporters aged from just 2 years old to over 70 and their families, dusted off their running shoes to take part in the 10K, 5K, 1K and Tri-run challenges.

The Tunkel family were amongst many of the families that took part in the 1K run this year this year. Caroline and Simon, together with their children, Jack (4) and Summer (2), ran 1K and raised over £150 for Chai.

Following the run, Caroline said: “It was such a fantastic day and the kids loved raising money for Chai…and winning a medal!”

8 year old Sinai Primary School student, Louie Franks ran 5K this year in memory of his uncle, Oliver Goldman z’l. He raised an incredible £1,500 for Chai.

Following the event, Louie’s mother, Georgia Franks, said: “Louie lost his Uncle a couple of years ago and he wanted to raise money for Chai in his memory - he understood how much they helped Oli when he was unwell.”

Also amongst this year’s Chai participants were the Tapnack Family, Dani, Jonny, Josh, Jacob and Talia. They said: “We have seen first-hand what an amazing organisation Chai is. This year some of us are pushing ourselves a bit more – Jacob is running the 5K for the first time (with mum) and Josh is running the 10K this year. Jonny will be running after Talia in the 1K.”

The Tapnack family have so far raised £900, far exceeding their initial target of £500.

Following the event, Jacob said: “Chai really helped when my mummy wasn’t well. Chai’s Play Therapist, Amanda was amazing and really helped me when I was scared and unsure.

The Weissbart family, Ruby, Asher, Jonathan and Annabel also took part this year.

Following the run, they said: “We’re raising money for Chai in memory and honour of Jonathan’s father, Grandpa Saul z’l, who passed away 3 years ago. Chai treated us to a fantastic tour of their Hendon Centre a while ago after the children raised money for them in their ‘pop up charity shop’ and we saw for ourselves the amazing support and care that they offer.”

Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager, said: “The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run is a fantastic opportunity for families to have a fun day out whilst raising money for their chosen charity. I’d like to thank and congratulate and thank everyone who took part in the challenge. The money raised will help us to ensure that we can continue to provide our expertise and care.”