GIFT's outstanding Fun Runners26/05/20
An amazing 70 people signed up for GIFT at the Maccabi Community Fun Run on Sunday, raising much needed funds.
Participants included 29 year old Ben Horn who ran an incredible 50km, partly barefoot as he developed cramp during his run.
3 yr old, Siena Sendama who just learnt to scoot a week earlier, decided to scoot 5km, she wanted to raise money for GIFT “because some people don’t have the things that they need.”
Siena has volunteered for GIFT since she was born. She stands outside shops with her mother as GIFT BOX ambassadors and dazzles customers with her charm, encouraging them to buy extra food items.
Kobi Snow’s family also ran, inspired by Kobi, a newly recruited volunteer who is on one of the GIFT Covid-19 WhatsApp groups.
He explains “In these unprecedented times I wanted to run for GIFT due to the incredible work they do. I am a witness to their helping so many families, on a daily basis, who literally can’t afford the basic necessities.”
Roxanne Stross, GIFT’s community engagement officer, who managed the day from social isolation, said “I just couldn’t imagine it was going to be the same this year, but I was so wrong! We had lots of runners sending pictures to us all day. We still got our famous snowcone machine to the park thanks to a 13 year old volunteer, Yoni Shine’s own initiative and the atmosphere was incredible. I was so proud of all our runners and also that we still managed to be there for them.”
Anyone still wanting to support GIFT runners can do so on https://gift.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/maccabifunrun