Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury Half-Marathon – Running for Haiti

Friday 11 May 2018

A staggering 61 current and former pupils, staff and parents are signed up to run in this year’s notoriously hilly Shrewsbury Half Marathon on 17th June. 

This year, the School’s official Half Marathon charity is the Andrew Grene Foundation, co-founded by a former Churchill’s and Ridgemount parent, Tim Perutz. 

The Foundation supports a school in Haiti, with 257 pupils, aged 11-18, drawn mainly from Cité Soleil, a vast and dangerous shanty town on the edge of Port-au-Prince. This amazing school, with the most rudimentary facilities imaginable, is staffed by dedicated local teachers and is a beacon of hope, calm and aspiration in a city still struggling to recover from the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake, which killed an estimated 250,000 people, and from the decades of misrule which preceded it.  The school opened in 2011 and is named in memory of Andrew Grene, the best friend of Tim Perutz. Andrew was a UN official who was killed, along with 101 other UN staff, when their building collapsed in the earthquake.

In response to Andrew's death, his brother Gregory and Tim Perutz set up the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF), which not only built and supports the school but also transforms the lives of 1,600 Haitian women through a microfinance project. Please see their website https://andrewgrene.org/

At the invitation of the Perutz family, Churchill’s Housemaster Richard Hudson and his wife Ruth visited both projects in October 2017 and were profoundly impressed by the work the AGF is doing to improve the lives of so many Haitians. The charity’s administration and salary costs are all met from other sources and every penny raised for the Foundation is used to fund the school and the microfinance project. 

Richard and 20 Churchill’s Sixth Formers will be amongst the 'Team Shrewsbury School' Half-Marathon runners on 17th June.  

Their fundraising target is £10,000, over £5000 of which has already been raised through the generosity of parents and friends of runners.  They would like this to be a whole school venture and are asking you to consider a donation which will make a difference to the lives of many in one of the world’s most unfortunate countries.

To learn more about this extraordinary school, and to make a donation, please visit the Team Shrewsbury School fundraising page at:
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shrewsburyhalfmarathonagf

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