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Local focal for summer fund raising

COULD this be the summer of fun?

COULD this be the summer of fun?

Many businesses raise money for charity in the summer months, but this is mostly for big, national charities.

Solihull SUSTAiN are trying to encourage people to think local and support one of the 600-plus Solihull charities and community groups.

They are urging people through their Team Challenge initiative to do something fun and help the local community at the same time.

Claire Milican and her colleagues from SUSTAiN have already got the ball rolling with a three-legged race around the centre of Solihull, that raised more than £300.

“We had a lot of fun, got to know each other better as we were out of the workplace, doing and talking about something different. We also got soaking wet, but it was for a good local cause,” said Claire.

SUSTAiN are eager for people to come up with their own challenges, have fun and raise money for local charities. Ideas suggested so far include a ‘shocking sock day’ where people pay £1 - or £2 to avoid having to take part, company barbecues, and inter-company football, netball or rounders tournaments.

“This is going to be a fun summer and after all we’ve been through this year, companies need to bring their staff together, celebrate beating the recession by having a good laugh and raising essential funds at the same time,” said Claire. “These funny challenges will be a great bonding exercise with a real reason behind them.”

SUSTAiN would like to know what you are doing to have fun and raise funds, so let them know in advance if you need some ideas or some support, or want to challenge another company – they can support you and make it happen.

Also, SUSTAiN would like to have photos or film of the events to help publicise and keep a record of the Team Challenges.

Contact Martin Clarke at SUSTAiN for more information on 0121 711 3148.

Alongside the Team Challenges, a sponsored walk will be taking place on October 11. Taking in large parts of Solihull, it is hoped this will become an annual event. More information will be available soon.



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