Marist schools take part in fundraising event for cancer research called Race for Life

Staff and pupils at the Marist Schools are adding Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life to the timetable for the summer term.

They are urging other local schools to follow their example and think of the traditional three Rs in a unique new way: as reading, writing and Race for Life.

A team of 166 teachers, pupils, relatives and friends will be taking part in the event at Windsor Race Course on Saturday, July 2.

The Marist Race for Life Team has entered the event since 2006, after deciding to join forces to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in the South East.

To help the school prepare for Race for Life the teachers have been using a pack specially created for primary and secondary schools by Cancer Research UK, which features ideas for assemblies, fundraising and top tips on training.

Jen Bishopp, team leader and head of PE, said; “Race for Life is a great addition to the school timetable. We’re really looking forward to taking part and the girls have been training as part of the running club three times per week. The whole school is supporting the event so it will be a real team effort and a great day out for parents, pupils and staff, all whilst raising money for a seriously good cause.

“The school has a strong history of supporting many worthy causes and Cancer Research UK is just one of the charities we support each year. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer and we all have our special reasons for wanting to take part and help more people in the South East survive.”

Race for Life 2011 is Britain’s largest women-only fundraising event series, where women of all ages, shapes sizes and abilities join together to walk, jog or run five kilometres to raise money to help to beat cancer.

Last year, 6,306 participants took part in Race for Life in Windsor and raised an incredible £510,502 to help Cancer Research UK fight cancer on all fronts.

This year, organisers are encouraging 7,500 women to enter and help to reach a fundraising goal of £723,000.

The Marist Schools team is hoping to raise £3,000. Anyone wishing to sponsor them should visit ForLifeTeam2011