Foodbank Run 2012

Endurance runner Alex Panayotou has announced her intention to run 2,000km around the UK in May 2012, visiting Foodbanks on the way. Each Foodbank is invited to take part...

To make the most of 2012, a year which will see both the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Foodbank supporter Alex is going to run a 2,000km circuit around the UK, starting and ending in London. Throughout May she plans to run an impressive 70km each day (‘only’ 30km on Sundays); along the way she aims to visit as many Foodbanks as possible, drawing local and national publicity for the entire Network. Her epic feat of endurance will end at a spectacular finale back in London during the Jubilee weekend.

Individual Foodbanks are being invited to make the most of this amazing opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for their work. The Foodbank Network is asking Foodbanks and their supporters to host open events on the day when Alex arrives in their town, and get local press to cover the event.

The Swindon Foodbank team wants to hear from you, our supporters, how you’d like to get involved in the event. Here are some ideas:

  • Alex is going to need some nourishment and rest when she arrives. We’d like to host something - perhaps hosting a tea party or celebration - at the Warehouse, and invite local dignitaries and press to welcome her.
  • Are there runners out there who would like to run part of the journey with Alex - maybe the last mile (or more!) as she runs into Swindon, and get sponsorship?
  • sporting types might like to hold a sports event to coincide with Alex’s arrival day - a football tournament? a triathlon? even an egg and spoon race?! Let us know your ideas!
  • There are also going to be some cooking related events hosted around the country to coincide with Alex’s run, again highlighting Foodbank’s work of feeding people. How about putting on a Ready! Steady! Cook! event, where teams compete to create great meals using the ingredients in a Foodbank Foodbox?

If you would like to be involved and like these ideas, or have your own, we want to hear from you. To make sure the day is a day to remember, it’s good to start planning even now. Start by registering your interest with us, and we’ll build on from there.

Let’s make 2012 a celebration year for Swindon Foodbank!

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