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A run for charity

August 17, 2008

Once again, the charity organisation Comic Relief and the BBC Sport have launched an initiative to raise funds for those with less income and opportunities in the UK and around the world.

Those who sign up to Sport Relief will run either one, three or six miles on Sunday 16th March, in an activity that will take place simultaneously in 200 different locations across the country.

In London, the run will start in London Victoria at 12.15 pm and will finish in Embankment at 17.00 pm.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in London’s course, open to persons of all ages, according to the organisation.

The sporty weekend will begin on Friday 14th, when the BBC will broadcast the Sport Relief TV show.

Former football English player Alan Shearer and presenter Adrian Chiles are expected to appear live on the
show after cycling from Newcastle to London in two days to help raise money for the cause.

The Sports Relief Mile takes place every two years since 2004, although the intiative started in 2002.

In the last edition in 2006, when Sainsbury’s become one of the sponsors, 400.000 thousand people run the Mile in London, raising around £18 million, the organisation said.

Celebrities such as actor Johnny Depp, British comedian Lenny Henry, film director Woody Allen and singers Robbie Williams, Take That and Spice Girls have been involved in Sport Relief’s campaigns.

The initiative has also received the support of British MPs, representatives of the theatrical sector in London´s West End and the founder of the “freerunning” movement, Sébastien Foucan.

So far, the BBC and Comic Relief have raised around £50 million, according to BBC Sport.

The money obtained in the past editions of the run has been invested in eight different projects across the UK.

The initiatives include a sports forum for disabled people in London, a centre to help domestic violence victims in Cardiff and a club for solitary elder people in Manchester.

Comic Relief has also used the funds to create the North Belfast Play Forum, which brings Protestant and Catholic youths together through football games.

Beyond British Borders, the charity organisation has worked in Brazil, Guatemala, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh and Philippines, in projects focused both in women and children.

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