Flight Centre Schools Triathlon raises £320,000

The 2018 Flight Centre Schools Triathlon has come to a close following a final event at Marlborough College, raising a total of £320,000 for charity.

Marlborough College hosted the final in a series of four Flight Centre Schools Triathlon events at the weekend, with pupils raising more than £110,000 for charity.

On Sunday 20th May, more than 1000 children took part in the triathlon at the College, raising money for Restless Development. The combined amount raised from all four triathlons in the series is an incredible £320,000.

Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies came along to cheer on participants and hand out medals.

Sharron Davies said: “It was a pleasure to attend The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon and hand out medals to the very deserving participants. This triathlon is a brilliant initiative – it’s a great thrill to see so many children giving triathlon a go for the first time – and helping to raise more than £320,000 for charity.”

As well as sponsoring the event for the third year, Flight Centre also offered participants the chance to win a 12-night family holiday to California for a family of four. The winner of this wonderful prize will be contacted in June.

Jonathan Leigh, Master of Marlborough College, said: “We are delighted to have hosted the finale in this series of events and to have raised money for Restless Development. It was wonderful to see more than 1,000 enthusiastic children throwing themselves wholehearted into the swimming, cycling and running. I especially want to thank all the pupils, staff and volunteers who helped make the day such a memorable one.”

The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon is a series of four events encouraging children aged 7-13 to participate in triathlons in a safe and non-competitive environment while raising money for charity.

Since it launched in 2016 more than 7000 children between the ages of 7-13 have taken part and raised nearly £720,000 for charity.

Each year around 50 prep schools take part and put together teams of four to run, swim and cycle at the triathlon events.

The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon supports Restless Development, an international development charity that puts young people at the very heart of dealing with the issues that affect them, their communities, and their countries. In addition to raising funds for Restless Development approximately another 50 charities nominated by the participating schools will benefit.

Chris Galanty, Managing Director of Flight Centre Europe and South Africa, said: “It’s a privilege to be the lead sponsor of an event that encourages young people to both get active and think about the needs of others. Flight Centre and Restless Development are a natural fit; Restless Development is all about young people trying to change the world and our purpose is to open up the world for those who want to see it.”

Jim Sewell, Trustee of Restless, said: “The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon has gone from strength to strength each year and it is brilliant to see the enthusiasm from the children, parents and schools alike. Their efforts will help thousands of young people around the world who are transforming their communities through better access to health, education and life skills. The children taking part really understand that they can make a difference and the combination of sport and charity in a children’s event has been incredibly powerful. I’m so excited about the potential for this event – we see it becoming the schools’ equivalent of the London Marathon.”

About Flight Centre

Specialising in Tailor Made holidays and Premium and Round the World Flights, Flight Centre is one of the world’s largest travel retailers. It has over 80 stores throughout the UK, with new stores opening regularly.

Young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being sidelined. Restless Development is a global agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, Restless Development works with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Restless Development is run out of hubs in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, with a wider network of partners across the world. The agency has been working with young people since 1985 and its work is led by thousands of young people every year. For more information www.restlessdevelopment.org

Any school interested in taking part in or hosting a 2019 Triathlon event should contact Jim Sewell at: jim@restlessdevelopment.org.

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