Despite the bitterly cold morning all members of the team managed to finish, with some completing the run in under 50 minutes. In spite of the breathing and visibility difficulties, and describing the event as ‘like running with a pillow strapped to your face’, Paul O’Bear, with an outstanding amount of effort, managed to beat half of the People and Planet’ers running the race in an amazing time of 52 minutes!
Similarly astonishing was the total amount of money we raised through running the race. GiftAid included, the total sum raised (at the time of writing) stands at £465. This amazing amount of money surely signifies the growing awareness of both the fossil free campaign and the importance of environmental sustainability for the future in general.
Of the money raised half, currently £230, will go to Solar Aid, an international charity organisation devoted to combating climate change and poverty. The organisation provides clean lighting to some of the most remote parts of the world where, since there is no electricity, many have to rely on dangerous alternatives, such as the toxic smoke emitting kerosene lamp common in many parts of Africa.
£100 of the total sum was given to the national People and Planet Fossil Free crowdfunder, which finishing with an amazing total of £15, 607. Since this was over the target amount they had planned to raise (£15,000), the £607 extra has been put towards the costs of hiring a new intern for the Fossil Free Campaign.
The rest of the money left over will be put towards the fossil free campaign here in Sheffield, where we are continuing our efforts to get the University to divest from investing in fossil fuel companies. Here, we are planning to use the money in a variety of ways, including new poster and leafleting campaigns as well as visible demonstrations to put pressure on the university and its commitment to fossil fuels.
A big thank you to everyone who took part. Look out for more Paul O'Bear shenanigans on campus.