CELEBRITIES SIGN UP TO RUN FOR SEEING IS BELIEVING
26 Mar, 2012
Run for a Reason, this year’s Standard Chartered Great City Race theme, is being taken to anew level by celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment. They have joined forceswith visually impaired Team GB 2012 Paralympic hopeful Jack Roughan and Standard Chartered Bank to help raise funds and awareness for Seeing is Believing, a global initiativewhich helps to tackle avoidable blindness, and this year’s official race beneficiary.
The celebrities including 5-times Paralympic running gold medallist Noel Thatcher MBE, SkySports presenter Sarah-Jane Mee, Coronation Street actor Oliver Mellor and England cricket hero Darren Gough have committed to run the 5KM Standard Chartered Great City Raceblindfolded on Thursday 12 July in aid of Seeing is Believing. To support the celebrities you can donate online and leave a message of encouragement http://seeingisbelieving.org/support-us/sponsor-a-fundraiser/standard-chartered-great-cityrace-2012
Seeing is Believing was launched by Standard Chartered Bank, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading international eye-care organisations in 2003. Since then, it has helped 25 million people, giving more than 2.78 million people their sightback. In this year’s race £5 from every runner’s entry fee will go towards Seeing is Believing and Standard Chartered Bank has pledged to match all funds raised for the initiative, doubling the impact.
Speaking at today’s launch, Jack Roughan, said: “I’m really pleased to be involved in anevent like the Standard Chartered Great City Race which puts such a huge emphasis on the positives of simply taking part. It will be interesting to see how some of these celebrities react to running blindfolded and I encourage other celebrity figures to come forward and join in and show their support for Seeing is Believing.”
Richard Holmes, Standard Chartered, CEO Europe commented: “The race is always afantastic occasion and we are proud to be involved in an event which has the ability to bringthe City community together whilst raising money for Seeing is Believing and other worthwhile causes. We’re very grateful for the support of our celebrity runners and I encourage everyonetaking part to think about what their reasons are for running.”