Perkins Great Eastern Run in Ghana
On the 12 October 2014 the first-ever fun run took place in Kumasi, Ghana, thanks to the support of the Perkins Great Eastern Run.
More than 400 people from Kumasi and the Ashanti region took part in the 5k race, which started at the same time as our Anna’s Hope Fun Run.
To view the video click here.
In 2015 the Kumasi Fun Run attracted almost double the amount of runners as the year previous and you can see the action here.
Runners set off from the Wesley Teacher’s Training College and the race finished in the city’s Baba Yara Stadium.
The event was supported by organisers of the Perkins Great Eastern Run who donated surplus running jerseys, race numbers, medals and trophies for the race.
Perkins Great Eastern Run volunteer Ernest Mensah-Sekyere worked with the Kumasi council, local police, businesses and more than 100 volunteers to help make the event happen.
Since then children have been supported with donations of training kit, clothing and other equipment through the efforts of runners and supporters.
The race’s aim is to create awareness of healthy living, reduce obesity and keeping fit through sports among the younger generation and also the elderly.
For the event to be successful and continue to grow year after year sponsorship is being sought.
How can your organisation get involved?
- Financial support or donation – sponsorship of the overall event
- Supply of products and/or services for prizes
- Passing on marketing materials and promoting participation
- Goods – value in kind or volunteering with personnel/staff
What could we achieve with your support and donations?
Many young people may be encouraged to participate in sports, particularly after school, which takes them away from danger on the streets. Sport encourages confidence and helps realise young people’s potential.
Donations to Africa
PGER t-shirts donated to Ghanaian school children
Children at the True Faith Preparatory and Junior High School in Abrepo-Kumasi, Ghana, have uniformed jerseys to play football against neighbouring schools for the first time thanks to the Perkins Great Eastern Run.
A batch of leftover Ron Hill t-shirts - that runners received in last year's race goody bag - were delivered to Ghana by Perkins Great Eastern Run volunteer, Ernest Mensah-Sekyere.
Ernest, who is a member of the Ghana Sports Promotion Association, says the donation of t-shirts has helped to inspire young people in the area and save them from lives dicing with danger on the streets.
He explained: "The children now have what they consider to be a proper football kit thanks to this charitable donation by the Perkins Great Eastern Run. They are so happy and the impact of these t-shirts has led to dozens of other children showing a dramatic interest in football."
"This donation is helping to motivate and inspire young people. Peterborough is already represented and known for sports in the UK but the name will soon resound in small African villages where the presence of the football team wearing the t-shirts will help to promote sports, fitness and increase life expectancy of many young people."
T-shirt donation for staff at Zimbabwe children's home
Montgomery Heights is a registered home for orphan and destitute children, which in recent years has relied on overseas financial support due to local demographic and national economic changes.
Staff who work at the children's home receive relatively little remuneration for their work and they were thrilled to receive a donation of last year's remaining Perkins Great Eastern Run t-shirts.
The home houses up to 60 children from birth to 18 years of age. For many of the children this is the only home they know and they often keep contact and come back to visit in later years.
There are four separate houses for the resident children. Three function as family units with live-in house parents and the fourth house is a special baby unit providing places for abandoned and HIV+ babies and toddlers up to the age of four.