Members of staff at Specsavers in Hinckley are on their way to raising £12,000 for the Ashanti Development Charity following a successful charity challenge.
In the first of a series of fundraising events, staff took on the Summer Wolf Run, a 10km wild run in the grounds of Stanford Hall, tackling varied terrain and tough obstacles to raise £1,649.
The team hopes to raise £12,000 to build a community centre and clinic for villagers in the Ashanti region of Ghana, which will improve healthcare services.
A word from the store director
Store director Abhijit Roy commented: ‘I’m delighted to see our fundraising kick off to such a fantastic start, and would like to thank everyone who has made a donation so far. The team who took on the Wolf Run made a brilliant effort and had great fun in the process, so it was a resounding success.
‘The run is one of many events we have planned this year to raise funds. We’ve got an Indian mega-meal planned later this month, followed by skittles and quiz nights to follow later this year, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved with fundraising for this fantastic charity.’
The Ashanti Development Charity
The team has been involved with the Ashanti Development Charity since 2010, when Abhijit visited Ghana to provide free eyecare and dispense donated specs to remote villagers in the region.
Abhijit commented: ‘I have visited the Ashanti region on a number of occasions, helping to provide much needed healthcare. It is a fantastic charity to be involved with. During my visit last year, it became clear that the development required a new clinic and community centre to meet the needs of the increasing number of visitors. This new project will continue the positive work that has already benefitted thousands of people in the Ashanti region.
‘We’ve got so much planned over the coming months and I’m looking forward to seeing our fundraising total rise. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting the store or through our online fundraising page https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/abhijitroy1.’
Established in 2005, the Ashanti Development Charity was set up by Ghanaians living in London, who wanted to improve the lives of people in their home villages. To find out more, visit: http://ashantidevelopment.org/.