Monday 16 January 2012

Gunners want runners for charity

The 'Be a Gunner. Be a Runner' event is back at the Emirates for a fourth time

Alex Song (centre) is among the Arsenal stars supporting the campaign

Arsenal have teamed up with Save the Children to host a 10-lap charity fun run around the Gunners' Emirates Stadium.

The 'Be a Gunner. Be a Runner' event takes place at the Emirates on Saturday 31st March 2012.

The run - which is 6.4km in total - is now in its fourth year and is part of Arsenal's global charity partnership with Save the Children.

And the club wants overseas fans to participate, either individually or in groups, by setting up their own 6.4km challenge via local Supporters Club branches within their own territory.

"By signing up for the run you will be helping to make a real difference to the lives of many young people."
- Alex Song

Last year’s event was the most successful to date, attracting 700 adult and junior runners and raising more than £50,000 for charity.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song said: "Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ is always a great event that seems to get bigger and better every year!

"Myself and the other players have been lucky enough to see some of the incredible work that Save the Children does, so by signing up for the run you will be helping to make a real difference to the lives of many young people."

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, added: “Despite being little more than six months into our partnership with Arsenal, we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity that staff and supporters have shown to date.

"Our dedicated matchday back in November was a huge success and I'm sure ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ will be another thoroughly enjoyable occasion.

"It will help us continue our efforts to give more children the chance of a brighter future."

All funds raised from the event will go towards the club's partnership with Save the Children, supporting a range of education projects in the UK and overseas.

Through this work, the club will help Save the Children towards its vision of transforming the lives of over three million children a year through education by 2013.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal are working with charity partner Save the Children
  • Club is hosting charity run which involves 10 laps of the Emirates Stadium
  • Last year's event raised more than £50,000 for charity