In October, go blue and #RUNTHEGAP to support some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Did you know that, in some of the world’s poorest countries, a child must walk an average of 50km a week to reach the closest school and access education?

Bristy Khatun is 8 years old and lives in a very rural and isolated area of India. Every day, she has to walk more than 2 hours by herself to attend school.

Bristy Khatun is on her way to school. UNICEF/UNI246286  

When rainy season begins, the path becomes completely submerged under water, making the journey to school even more dangerous and challenging.

Bristy is a top performer in her class and she is always happy to learn new things. Yet, she faces an exhausting and dangerous journey just to receive an education.

Children like Bristy are living in emergency situations. Access to education is a basic human right, which is as vital as food or medicine when it comes to child development.

During October, walk in the shoes of a child like Bristy and take on the #RUNTHEGAP challenge.

Help vulnerable children access education by walking, jogging or running 50km in a month.

Sign Up to #RUNTHEGAP Today!

Are You Attending School?

If you are a student, why not walk to school in October? Walking all, or some of the way, to school is an inexpensive and convenient way to include more physical activity in your routine and to meet new friends on the way.

The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland recommend that children and young people should be active for at least 60 minutes a day every day.

(reference: Department of Health and Children, Health Service Executive (2009) The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Ireland).  

Working From Home?

If you’re currently working from, why not take part on your lunch break, after work or even during the weekend!

Why not enjoy a short run or walk during your lunch break? Exercise is a great way of rebooting your concentration and is sure to help your productivity. If weekends are more convenient, why not go for a Saturday morning run or enjoy a brisk Sunday walk with family?

Remember to start small and keep moving! You have a whole month to reach 50km and help children look forward to a brighter future.

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