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Staff complete charity run to support Sri Lankan school project

12 November 2015

Study Group employees based in Brighton have completed a ten-day charity run to raise money for school children in Sri Lanka.  

The team of ten ran ten kilometres for ten consecutive days in October in support of Study Group's charity, Building Futures.

Runners were: Mark Thomas, Penny Nation, Ian Jones, Monika Jacquinot, Stuart Dauwalder, Bernadette Gueumani, Joel Epstein, Paul Durrant, Christopher Thompson and Chris Horner.

Explaining their motivation, they said “we’re running because we don’t have to walk ten miles to school every day like the children we are fundraising for.” 

Money raised will help more than 400 children access and stay in primary education in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The fundraising target for this year’s project is £100,000, which Study Group will match pound for pound. 

David Leigh, chief executive officer of Study Group said: “Study Group’s mission is to transform the lives of thousands of students each year through the best possible educational experience. 

“Building Futures allows us to do precisely this for areas of the world which are not fortunate to have many of the things which we in Brighton, and elsewhere in the UK, take for granted.

“I am so proud of what we do.”

Mr Leigh added: “It's inspiring and humbling to see how much people really do care about this project."

Building Futures has helped eight developing communities over the last ten years with the support of Plan International, a children’s development charity. 

Embassy English also dedicated themselves to sporting activities and a team of 52 ran, walked, cycled or swam a total of 10,000 kilometres in support of the charity.

Luke Sikorski in the Embassy English team said: “We are all very fortunate for the amazing education we received and now are making careers out of expanding international education around the globe. 

“Receiving quality education is not a privilege, but a right, and this is our opportunity to undertake a challenge to bring children in a small village in Sri Lanka the education they so rightfully deserve.”

Other fundraising activities during October included bake sales, auctions, darts competitions and a race up a 20-storey building in Shanghai.

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