Felsted School have raised over £6000 to make a difference across the globe at their annual whole school charity event.
The event was arguably the most ambitious yet, with pupils from Year 7-13, staff, parents and former pupils running 211 legs of 200 metres to try and collectively beat Mo Farah’s record marathon time of 2 hours 6 minutes and 32 seconds. To be successful each leg of the relay had to be run in under 35.9 seconds, a challenge that was well within the reach of the Felsted community who managed to not only ‘Beat Mo’, but also beat Eliud Kipchoge’s recent world record breaking 2 hours 1 minute 20 seconds time with an impressive 1 hour 49 minutes and 17 seconds.
The day was a huge success, with the involvement of over 700 pupils, parents, staff and former pupils, with those who weren’t running laps running imaginative stalls such as cake sales, glitter face painting, lemon drop and candy floss making, to raise as much money as possible for Felsted’s partner charities Teach Uganda, The Sparkle Foundation, Round Square Big Build Sri Lanka and The Felsted Mission.
Our Charity Partners are so grateful to all the pupils, parents, staff and Old Felstedians who took part. ‘Beat Mo!’ was a great community event that has given all of us a renewed appreciation of just how ambitious elite athletes really are. Thank you to Sir Mo Farah who our inspiration for this event.
Felsted Charity Events Organiser, Rev’d Nigel Little
Felsted sponsors 30 children at Great Lakes High School in Uganda where it costs just £180pa for all the schooling, boarding, food, water and some healthcare. The money raised will also help support sustainable community based projects in Sri Lanka, provide new showers at the Felsted Mission Night Shelter in London and seek to help make new dormitories a reality for orphans at the Sparkle Orphanage in Malawi.
Felsted School has always been mindful of its role in public service and has a long history of pupils and staff supporting charitable causes and our local and wider community.