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Community News - February/March 21

Community News From Around Our Area

Meriden Rotary Club Annual Santa Fun Run 2020

This year was our 9th event, which was due to take place on 6th December 2020, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, we could not hold the event as normal. So instead we held a virtual advent event allowing participants to do the run wherever they chose and on any day in December up until 24th December.

The take up was reasonable under the circumstances with some 35 participants who reported having great fun. Photographs can be viewed on our website as well as on Facebook.

We felt that it was important to keep what has become an important community event going with the expectation that we will be able to operate as normal in 2021. So far, we have raised over £27,000 for important charities including Marie Curie and local charities.

We are supported by Meriden Parish Council and Solihull Council who licence the event and road closures in normal years. We also have great support from many local companies and this year we were fortunate to receive very generous financial sponsorship, which together with entry fees and further generous sponsorship from runners and Rotary Members, has enabled us to raise £1,800. This year more than ever, charities are struggling to raise funds and we are pleased to be able to donate to Marie Curie as usual plus other Rotary supported charities.

Our event is truly a fun event, which includes runners pushing prams with baby Santas, doggy Santas and even horseback Santas, who regularly follow the course after the main event. We hope that you will take part this year and make it another special and fun Christmas event!

Tony Hill, Meriden Rotary Club