Fabulous Kids Activities on Offer at Run for Smiles 5K

4 September 2013

Primary school aged children who sign up to participate in a brand new 5K sponsored fun run, will be offered a range of free exciting activities after the event.


Run for Smiles takes place in Inverness on Sunday 15th September in aid of Highland Hospice.  The event has been organised by John-Alasdair MacAulay (OJ Sports) and Debbie Morren (Direct Sales Marketing), aiming to promote fitness and well-being to those in the primary school age bracket.


All participating children will be offered the chance to participate in Laser Tag and Zorbing (running inside giant inflatable balls) supplied by Fairburn Activity Centre.  The Co-op will be providing a smoothie cycle where children have to pedal in order to make a smoothie.  OJ Sports will be hosting an obstacle course where the fastest child to go through the course will win a medal and t-shirt.  Crafty Monkeys are to provide a bouncy castle and craft activities, as well as their monkey mascot.  Highland Hospice’s very own mascot Bobby the Bee will be along to join in the fun, and there will also be an ice cream van and jewellery and home baking stalls.  John Baikie Photography will also be present, taking pictures and selling them on site.

‘Run for Smiles’ starts at the Rugby Club on Canal Park at 12pm, finishing at the same location, and is an afternoon for all the family.  Children participating in the 5K will be entitled to participate in the above activities for free, anyone else can participate in return for a donation to Highland Hospice.


John-Alasdair MacAulay, who through his company OJ Sports, coaches young children in numerous primary schools in the Inverness area, said, “We have organised an incredible range of fun and healthy activities for our Run for Smiles participants as a reward for all their efforts.  We have had many children signing up for the 5K so far, and hope that our many attractions on offer will entice plenty more to register.  Highland Hospice provides a crucial service to the Highland community, and we hope that primary school children from all areas will come along and join the fun!”


Highland Hospice’s Regional Fundraiser Marie-Anne Vrac said, “John-Alasdair has done a great job of organising this event and the activities associated with it.  This is the perfect opportunity for primary school children to do something fun and healthy, whilst raising sponsor money for a fantastic cause.”


Members of the public should note that ‘Run for Smiles’ children will be running through the centre of Inverness between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday 15th September.  During this time, the section of Bishops Road from Highland Hospice to the small roundabout in front of the Maple Court Hotel will be closed to traffic other than emergency vehicles.  Highland Hospice and the event organisers are working with the police to minimise any unnecessary traffic disruption.

To register your child for ‘Run for Smiles’, please visit www.highlandhospice.org/runforsmiles or call Marie-Anne Vrac on 01463 243132.

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