Durham University students going to Zambia inspires primary school children to fundraise


(Durham University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Hundreds of youngsters pulled-on their running shoes to help university students fund charity projects in Africa.

More than 900 children from various primary schools in and around Durham took part in the Zambia Fun Run in the city.

The pupils, who were from years 1 to 6 and were split into three age groups and ran distances appropriate to their age, were raising funds to help of group of Durham University students fund projects when they travel to Zambia.

The students hope to travel to the African country this summer and spend six weeks giving-up their time and energy promoting sport to local communities.

The group will go out and work with local teenagers to get them into delivering sport into their local area.

Now in it’s fourth year with the schools partnership, Durham University hosted the fun at Maiden Castle.

The youngsters took part in the runs but also got to enjoy other events such as tennis and football penalty shoot outs.

John Ellmer, from Team Durham Event Management Team, said: “The kids loved all the activities.

“This year, we had additional activities such as tennis and penalty shoot outs with a mascot.

“Everything went smoothly and even the sun came out in the end.

“The money raised will go towards projects in Zambia.”

Durham University students who are travelling to Zambia, rear left to right, Joanne Bennett, James Gardner, Lydia Gibson, and front Lawrence Levy

As well as the run, each school received a presentation from the university students informing them of what life is like in Zambia, the culture, issues children there face and how they can help.

The Sport in Action Zambia was formed in 2005 in a unique union between a UK Sport initiative and a selection of UK Universities who collectively make up the Wallace Group.

The partnership selects and trains specialist sports and media students from the six universities, who then travel out to Lusaka, (the capital of Zambia) where they spend the summer weeks working with local volunteers, organising and delivering school PE lessons, community sports programmes and health awareness workshops within the city’s deprived areas.