Nearly 500 runners and walkers took part in the fourth annual Goodwill Run, which took place on Tuesday, 13 September, in Hvězda. Thanks to them, a beautiful 315,000 Czech crowns were raised to help families in need.
The entire proceeds from the entry fee will be donated by the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation to help families in need. Stories of supported families:
Installing an electric drive for a mechanical wheelchair will help an 18-year-old student who commutes over 50 km to school every day. In his free time, he likes to play sports and go out with his sister, who, like her brother, has to use a wheelchair to get around.
The donation will be given to a mother who is raising two young boys on her own to help care for her seriously ill younger son. Paying for medication, diapers and quality food, which are essential for the boy's condition, is more than challenging, but rather impossible, for the family budget.
A contribution towards a paediatric rehabilitation machine will help the boy, who suffers from a disease that affects muscle function. The children's rehabilitation device will enable the boy to exercise regularly at home several times a day according to his needs and wishes.
The financial assistance will provide temporary accommodation (in alternative, shelter or crisis houses) for families at risk of losing their housing, where social workers will help them to deal with their living situation (e.g. dealing with benefits, dealing with their health condition or finding stable housing and work).
Participants of the event could enjoy refreshments at many stands of non-profit organizations, try athletic training by USK Praha or try javelin throwing with the Olympian Irena Gillarová. The sports afternoon was enriched by the Spejbl and Hurvínek Theatre or the exhibition "Feel with your head and think with your heart" from Charita Lovosice. There was also a photo booth with Olga and Václav Havel.
Thanks to the partners, volunteers, patrons and all supporters without whose involvement the Goodwill Run could not have taken place.