Following the success of previous events, the fourth annual Aberdeen Santa Run will be hosted by Aberdeen Football Club at Pittodrie on November 27, with friends, families and office teams invited to take part in the fun run with a festive twist. Participants can walk, jog or run around the 6km route along Aberdeen’s beach front, finishing with a lap of honour around Pittodrie’s pitch, wearing full Santa Suits provided by WildHearts to ensure they look the part. The following Sunday, December 4, will see the Santa Run return to Inverness too, with Santas enjoying a 5km route around the River Ness. Children will be able to take part at both events– as ‘Wee Santas’ decked out in special Santa t-shirts and hats – and enjoy kicking off the festive period with their families.
WildHearts provide microloans and business training to help people in the developing world work their own way out of poverty, giving them a hand up and not a hand out. Previous Santa Runs have played a vital role in WildHearts growth, culminating in the charity opening projects in 14 new countries this year across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most recently WildHearts has launched into Pakistan, where founder Mick Jackson survived a traumatic ordeal whilst attempting to climb Broad Peak and K2 in 2001. Returning home to Scotland he pledged to dedicate himself to helping the world’s poorest people. WildHearts is the fulfilment of that promise and Mick is excited about celebrating its successes at the Santa Run. He said:
“The Santa Runs in Aberdeen and Inverness have been instrumental in helping WildHearts transform lives across the globe. Our ‘Santas’ have helped us grow from operating solely in Ghana to fighting poverty in fifteen different countries on four continents. This year has been very special for WildHearts and we would like nothing more than to see in the festive period with our supporters. Money raised at this year’s events will be re-lent to people living in poverty for years to come, building on the legacy of the Santa Run and giving poverty-stricken people across the world a truly meaningful Christmas present.”
The entry fee for the events – which includes a Santa suit to make sure all participants look the part, a medal and a goody bag – is £15 for adults and £10 for under 13s, who receive a special Santa t-shirt and hat.
For more information on the Santa Runs or to sign up visit http://www.wildheartsinaction.org or call 01309 678100.
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