230-mile fundraising relay for ShelterBox by local university students and staff

Rally4ShelterBox is a non-stop 230-mile relay circuit around Cornwall in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox. The event is split into legs which participants either run, jog, walk, row, kayak, cycle or swim. Starting at the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth and heading east at 7am on Saturday 20 May, the rally goes non-stop along the south coast of Cornwall, up across Bodmin, along the north coast then round Land’s End, finishing back at Falmouth on Sunday 21 May at 7pm.

The student organisers are working closely with the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) to coordinate this logistically complex event.

“With less than a week to go, we are all really excited for this year’s Rally4ShelterBox. It’s been great fun and a lot of hard work to organise and every member of the team has really pulled their weight” adds Exeter student, Tom Kennett.

This student-led initiative was initially set up to help fund aid for the Haiti Disaster relief effort. Over £10,000 has been raised by R4S since the event was established in 2010 and this year has the potential to be a record-breaking event.

“We are so pleased to have raised over £2,000 already for a great local cause, so a massive thank you to everyone who has donated, all those who are taking time out of their weekend to participate and our sponsors, including Skinner’s, who have supported our fundraising events.”

That said, there is still plenty of time for more people to get involved, by either donating £3 through texting GEOG90 to 70070 or even taking part in a fun run on Sunday afternoon. All details can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – just search ‘Rally4ShelterBox 2017’. Alternatively, people can contact tk310@exeter.ac.uk or jrtd201@exeter.ac.uk.

For more information on this release, please contact Kristy Wallace, FXU Volunteering & RAD Manager, on kristy.wallace@fxu.org.uk or call 01326 253631.