Maccabi GB Community Fun Run 2015 launches with record number of charities and a wider variety of ways to get involved


Maccabi GB is delighted to announce that this year’s Maccabi GB Community Fun Run (MGB CFR) - the biggest sporting fundraiser in the communal calendar – is getting bigger! The event now includes five ‘races’ – including a brand new 5km Walk and ‘Tri-Run Challenge’ - a record-breaking 44 charitable organisations taking part and, for the first time, a brand new Health & Wellbeing Hub for participants and spectators alike.

The event, on Sunday 14th June 2015, will be held at Allianz Park Sports Stadium for the second consecutive year, following the overwhelming success of the MGB CFR in 2014. As well as the traditional 10km, 5km and 1km distances, participants can raise funds for their selected charity or charities by taking part in a 5km Walk and the ‘Tri-Run’, for those who want to challenge themselves and run all three distances. The Health & Wellbeing Hub has been introduced by Maccabi GB as part of the organisations new ‘Sport, Health & Wellbeing’ (SHW) Programme, aimed at keeping members of the Community active and healthier for longer. The Hub will house stands, taster sessions and specialised talks by health professionals all aimed at helping Jewish people maintain a healthy lifestyle. It accompanies the already popular Charity Fair, Food Court and Family Fun Zone all of which will keep every member of the family entertained whether they are taking part in the MGB CFR or are spectating.

The annual fundraiser has now surpassed the number of charities involved for the third year in a row. Of the 44 organisations, an impressive nine charities are taking part for the first time.

Emma Nagli, Maccabi GB’s Events Coordinator who manages the MGB CFR, said, “The Jewish Community are in for a real treat this year! Never before have our attendees had such a variety – both on the track and off it. Allianz Park is a spectacular venue and we have listened to all the comments from last year’s event to make it bigger and better – from the routes to all the activities going on during the ‘races’. The best thing about the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run is that there are so many different ways to raise funds for lots of Jewish causes – you can walk the 1km with children and grandparents, you can see how fast you can run the 10km or you can complete a combination of the distances.”

She added, “We are really excited about the addition of the Health & Wellbeing Hub. The day is about fundraising, of course, but also about getting active and a little healthier. We hope that, by visiting the Hub, attendees will find ways to live a healthier, happier lifestyle, even if they just make little changes. The Family Fun Zone returns for another year of engaging and enjoyable activities to keep the whole family entertained whilst they or their loved ones aren’t running; and, of course the Charity Fair will house the 44 charities so participants can learn all about the fantastic causes they are running for. Whether you’ve taken part before or not, we encourage you to sign up now!”

Martin Berliner, Maccabi GB’s CEO added, “The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run is unique in that it brings together participants from far-and-wide across the Community. There is a real sense of unity and purpose and the atmosphere of fun and achievement is palpable. An immense amount of effort goes into hosting this event and I would personally like to thank all those who make this incredible day possible – from all the charities involved, our partners, sponsors, the venue and, of course, the thousands who join us at Allianz Park.”

Since its launch in 2007 the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run has raised over £1,000,000 for a broad range of Jewish charities. 2014’s event saw a record 1,500 members of the community participating in the event with a further 1,500 coming along to support their loved ones and sample the amazing atmosphere that is created at this unique fundraising occasion.

With the Community’s charitable organisations always looking for new ways to raise much-needed donations, the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run offers them the opportunity to raise maximum funds through a unique event for the Community which reaches out to everyone.

Registrations are now OPEN and a number of runners have already signed-up! So if you want to be a part of the largest Jewish sporting fundraiser in the UK you can sign up too via the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run Website – www.communityfunrun.org

The 44 organisations registered to date are: Aims2Cure, AJEX, Beit Halochem UK, British Friends of the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind, Boys Town Jerusalem, Camp Simcha, Chai Cancer Care, CST, Emunah, GIFT, Holocaust Educational Trust, Israeli Dance Institute, Jami, Jewish Blind & Disabled, Jewish Care, Jewish Child's Day, Jewish Genetic Disorders UK, JLE, Jewish Volunteering Network, Jewish Women's Aid, JLGB, JNF UK, JW3, Kisharon, Langdon, Laniado Hospital UK, London Jewish Family Centre, Maccabi GB, Magen David Adom UK, Movement for Reform Judaism, My Israel, Nicki's Smile, Resource – The Jewish Employment Advice Centre, SEED, Shaare Zedek UK, Spread a Smile, Streetwise, UJIA, UK Friends of Schneider Children’s Hospital, US Futures, WIZO UK, World Jewish Relief, Yachad.

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Maccabi GB Community Fun Run 2015 launches with record number of charities and a wider variety of ways to get involved