Chai Runners raise over £8,000 for Chai at the Maccabi GB Fun Run

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Over 135 people took on the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run in aid of Chai Cancer Care on Sunday 24th June at Allianz Park.  The event, which has raised over £8,000 so far for Chai, was a huge success again this year with over 6,500 people taking part to support and raise money for their chosen charities.

Energetic Chai participants aged from just 2 years old to 74, and their families, dusted off their running shoes to take part in the 10K, 5K and1K distances.

The Anderson family were amongst many of the families that took part in the 5K run this year. Debbie, a Chai Complementary Therapist, and Joel, together with their daughters, Ellie (10) and Ruby (7) and their two friends, Ella (10) and Luca (7) have raised over £1,032, far exceeding their initial target of £200. Following the challenge, Debbie said: “It was such a fantastic day and the kids loved raising money for Chai and winning a medal!”

Marc Woolfson and son Jesse, together with Marc’s brother and sister-in-law Adam and Mandy and niece, Jamie Chester, also took part in the challenge. They raised a fantastic £555. Marc said: “We’re doing this to raise money and awareness for Chai, who were a great support to my Mum and my family during her treatment and since her passing away earlier this year.”

Asher (12) and Ariella Flenner (10), took part in the 5K run, together with their family in support of their grandfather, Angelo, who has been receiving care and support from Chai. Following the event, Asher and Ariella’s mother, Juliet, said: “You make things better and have made such a positive difference to our family. Thank you for supporting us!”    

Also amongst this year’s Chai participants was Vered Lebrett, who took part in the 10K run in honour of her Zaida, Dr Leslie Shapiro z’l, who passed away a few weeks ago. Vered said: “I know how much he benefitted from this fantastic organisation and I want to raise money to show my gratitude and to help it to continue.

Zaida, even though you’re not here in person to tell me, I know how proud you would be of me to follow my dreams and do what I enjoy most – running. You will always be an inspiration to me and to motivate me in challenges I set for myself. We will miss you so much Zaida and you will always be an inspiration to me and to motivate me in the challenges I set for myself.”

Chai Fun Run veterans, Naomi, Barry, Noah, Libby and Yona Frankfurt ran for Chai again this year and have so far raised an amazing £720. Barry said: “Every year we put on our trainers and run a few kilometres to raise a few pounds for Chai. We have seen first-hand how Chai’s services change the lives of those affected by a cancer diagnosis.”

Sally Barker, a Chai client, took part in the 10K run. She has so far raised an incredible £1,468, far exceeding her initial target of £200. Sally said: “The people at Chai do fantastic work to support and pamper those who are going through difficult times.”

Three year old, Avishai Blackston took part in the 1K challenge with his dad, David. Avishai’s mum, Deborah said: “Avishai is a superstar and has raised £400!”

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 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 to all of those who turn to us.”