Social Responsibility

Purple wave

Tue, 30 May 2017 13:18:00 BST

Staff, students and alumni get fit and raise thousands for charity

On Sunday 28 May, the Great Manchester Run saw a wave of purple shirts, as students, staff and alumni of The University of Manchester took on the 10K challenge.

This year more than 2,400 runners signed up to take part in the Purple Wave, an initiative led by SPORT Manchester to inspire our campus community to try running, get fit, and raise money for charity.

Equity and Merit Scholarships at the University, one of the signature programmes for social responsibility, were one of the main causes supported by the run. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, allowing them to come to Manchester and study for a Master’s degree in a subject which will give them the skills to make a difference to their community when they return home. While the University pays the scholars’ tuition fees, their maintenance costs and travel to the UK are entirely supported by donations.

Many of the current Equity and Merit scholars took part in the Purple Wave. Vitalis Asiku, current MSc Computer Science student from Uganda said: “As a beneficiary of this programme I hope, from the funds raised from this event, I’ll be able to support other students from developing countries like where I come from, to come and access world-class education at The University of Manchester.”

Runners also chose to support the Big Change: Manchester Ending Homeless campaign, as well as many other causes and charities which were close to the hearts of individual participants. At the time of writing, over £20,000 had been raised through sponsorship for good causes.

There’s still time to support those who ran to raise money for Equity and Merit Scholarships by visiting the SPORT Manchester JustGiving page.

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