Menorah Runners for local Essex Jewish Schools03 Dec 2018
Members of the local Essex Jewish community took part in the second Menorah Run which took place on the first day of Chanukah, Sunday 2 December. The 15 participants took 5k, 10k and 21k routes to help raise money for the three local Jewish schools. The Menorah Run, supported by Jewish Care, took in the six local menorahs and three local Jewish schools that are being fundraised for by the runners, en route.
Offsetting calories from Chanukah donuts, the half marathon runners began in Epping, meeting 10k runners at the Chigwell Menorah before finishing together in Barkingside at Kantor King Solomon High School and Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School where family and friends cheered them across the finish line.
Runners included Chris Martin, the Assistant Head of Kantor King Solomon School who ran alongside parents of children who attend the local schools. They received medals at the finish which were kindly donated by Paul Gillary, who has children at Kantor King Solomon School.
Matt Martin, whose children are pupils Wohl IJPS, organised the run again this year. After the run, he said; "Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was a great camaraderie, we all supported each other along the way. The Menorah Run is open to all abilities and ages and is a great community event, demonstrating solidarity and togetherness in raising much needed funds for Wohl IJPS, Clore Tikva and King Solomon High School. We look forward to seeing it grow even more next year.”
“I am delighted to help facilitate the Run supporting Jewish education in Essex and have been blown away by the support and good wishes from across the area. So far we have raised almost £2000 and we welcome more donations to help us reach our £3k target."
Ellisa Estrin, Director of Marketing & Communications at Jewish Care added,
“Jewish Care would like to thank everyone who took part in the Menorah Run and are delighted to support the three wonderful Jewish schools in Essex through our partnership with the Run. It’s great to see people get together across the generations in a fun and healthy way on Chanukah to raise much needed funds to help local schools in the community.”
To donate to the Menorah Run visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/menorahrun.