A team from Birmingham Future will be donning their running shoes to take part in this year’s Birmingham half-marathon in aid of the Birmingham Community Foundation.
Members from the organisation, which represents young professionals from the city’s professional, financial and creative services sector, will be pounding the streets on Sunday October 26 to raise money for the charity.
In total, Birmingham Future is hoping to raise £5,000 by encouraging as many members as possible to sign up and take part in the 13.1 mile race around the city.
Matt Taylor, who took over as chairman of Birmingham Future in July, said: “The Birmingham half-marathon is a great opportunity for us to raise money for the Birmingham Community Foundation and will kick-start our fund-raising efforts.
“One of my focuses during my year as chairman of Birmingham Future is personal social responsibility and getting our members more active in fund-raising and general charity work.
“This will be displayed in a wide variety of initiatives and activities but at the core will be a commitment to encourage Birmingham Future’s members to raise funds for the Foundation.
“I am excited about our partnership with the charity. Our members provide a great deal of time, energy and commitment to participating in all kinds of charitable activities and projects. By the organisation taking a more formal approach we can ensure that we harness this commitment and make a significant contribution, through the year, to our charitable partner. I will be dusting off my own running shoes to take part in the half-marathon and I hope many of my Birmingham Future colleagues will do the same.”
The Birmingham Community Foundation provides funds for a wide range of community and regeneration projects through a range of grant making programmes in areas of poverty and deprivation in Birmingham and the Black Country.
During the last 12 months the charity has awarded more than £3.3 million in grants to more than 900 local voluntary and community projects.
Derek Inman, chief executive of the Birmingham Community Foundation, said: “I am delighted that Birmingham Future has identified the work we do in the city to be so important and that we have now joined together to raise funds.
“The Birmingham half-marathon will be a fantastic event, not only as a test of fitness and stamina but a great opportunity to fundraise. Of course it will not be possible for everyone to take part, though I hope those who are not running will show their support and sponsor one of the Birmingham Future team.”
Birmingham Future members wishing to take part in the Birmingham half-marathon can register online at birminghamhalfmarathon.co.uk.
To sign up to the Birmingham Future team, once registered, members need to send their name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors will be able to donate through the Birmingham Future/Birmingham Community Foundation just giving page here