HIT the road to raise much-needed cash to help disaster victims rebuild their lives.
That is the message to Wearsiders from car giant Nissan, which has announced plans for a 10km run around its Sunderland plant in aid of the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
Organised with running club Wallsend Harriers, the event is backed by Northumbrian Water, which will provide bottled water, and the NAC Group, which is sponsoring the costs of providing medical cover and race numbers.
All money raised from the May 29 run will go to the Red Cross appeal, adding to thousands raised by Nissan staff in the UK with support from family and friends, dealers, suppliers, customers and contacts.
Nissan’s Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “We have had incredible support from the community since we started this appeal, and on behalf of Nissan I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the relief effort in Japan.”
Carolyn King, from Northumbrian Water, said: “We hope that the run is a huge fund-raising success, and we feel pleased to be able to be part of such a worthwhile event.
“The Nissan Run for Japan 10k promises to be an excellent event, that will help us to raise further funds for the Red Cross to help the people of Japan.”
Runners will gather in the car park outside the Nissan Sports and Social Club from 8.30am to collect their race numbers.
At 9.50am they will be directed through the plant gates to the start line outside the body shop, where a minute’s silence will be held before the run begins at 10am.
The Nissan Run for Japan 10k costs £10 to enter for all runners.
Nissan will pass on 100 per cent of the entry fee to the Red Cross appeal.
Entry forms are available to download at www.wallsendharriers.com/run-for-japan.html, where there is also a link to an on-line entry system.
Places in the race are limited to 500 and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Further donations can be made to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal via the special website www.redcross.org.uk/japannissan.