SPAR Poland Hold Race in Support of Children's Hospice
Recently, SPAR Poland held the second 5km run in the capital of Podkarpacie province, Rzeszów. The main run along the city’s river was proceeded by runs for children and teens. For each participant of those competitions crossing the finish line, SPAR Poland donated money to the regional children's hospice.
In ideal weather conditions for runners, the event began with runs for children and teens – depending on their age from 200 to 600m. In each category, the first 6 participants to cross the finish line received diplomas, awards and cups.
This valued fund-raising for the Podkarpacie Hospice for Children, which provides home care for children and teenagers suffering from tumours and incurable diseases, became in this way a community activity. The hospice is the only facility of this type in the region which enables terminally sick children to remain in their homes with their families while being receiving medical care.
The main 5km run included almost 500 participants. The first two runners to cross the finish line in the men’s race were representatives of Kenya, with Smędowski Paweł, a runner from Rzeszów third. In the women’s category, the fastest runner was from Kenya, followed by runners from Moldavia and Poland, showing the international nature of the main event.
Awards for the fastest runners were presented in several age categories. All runners who crossed the finish line were presented with medals featuring the SPAR logo.
The runs were complementary to a programme ‘Athletics for everyone’, managed by the Polish Athletics Association and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, aimed at making athletics more popular among children and teenagers.
SPAR UK Partner Supports South Wales Youth Project
An army of 40 volunteers from Blakemore Trade Partners has donated 520 hours of employee time supporting a youth project in South Wales.
Volunteers from the division’s Trading Department rolled up their sleeves and spent two days regenerating the Fernhill Youth Project, Mid Glamorgan in South Wales.
Employees were tasked with painting the communal and kitchen areas inside the centre, restoring and painting a wooden memorial bench, turning over a large area of land for the project to use for vegetables, and build six work benches. In addition, employees used their IT expertise to clean up the youth centre’s IT software. The team also donated an iPad Mini and 32” flat screen TV to the project.
The Fernhill Youth Project provides a safe, warm place where young people can socialise, have fun, try new activities, learn new skills, help create trust and respect for each other and their community. The project offers a variety of opportunities enabling young people to grow in confidence, increase self-esteem and participate in practical and physical activities that they would not be able to experience otherwise.
SPAR Spain supporting nutritional initiatives
SPAR in Spain support many initiatives on an ongoing basis; here we highlight two recent programmes which were supported by partners.
Approximately 350,000 children in Spain are considered to be in need of supplementary nutrition to meet their daily needs. One programme focused on meeting this need is the Food Bank which has an annual national appeal for the donation of milk. SPAR Gran Canaria contributed one pallet of long-life milk recently to this very worthy cause, just one part of their ongoing annual support for the Food Bank and other similar programmes.
SPAR Spain suported the AFIS Pediatric Programme which addresses childhood obesity, combining physical activity in groups, nutritional education and focuses on both individual and family behavior, aiming to normalise the Body Mass Index (BMI) of children.
SPAR Spain supported this programme through its exclusive product range Sensations, highlighting its concern and commitment to nutrition and especially to child nutrition. SPAR is committed to nutritional education to lead a balanced diet and promote healthy habits, which is a fundamental part of the philosophy and scale of values of SPAR.
The children who participated in the programme come from schools of primary education in Granollers (Barcelona), aged between 6 and 12 years. On the one hand, the sports service of the city council facilitates physical activity sessions for children, as well as offering workshops on health education for families to address emotional issues related to self-esteem and food, work eating habits, exercise, etc.