On 9 May, IALC sponsored and took part in the 2009 Oxford Fun Run and raised 440 Euros for the association's nominated charity for 2009, the Tikapur Children's Home in Nepal. Graham Simpson of the Oxford English Centre, the IALC member school in Oxford, is one of the organisers of the annual 5-kilometre race that raises money for a variety of good causes.
The IALC Team, also known as The Bond Girls (telephone number 769 007) consisted of Secretariat staff members Claudia Mende, Ruba Dayoub and Jan Capper, ably supported by Adam “James” Wilton from Margate Language Centre. All four finished the race, with Adam in 24th place and the others... not quite so fast.
IALC also sponsored a trophy - the inaugural International Association of Language Centres Trophy for the fastest IALC school team, won easily by the light-footed Oxford English Centre squad of four. After the race, contestants gathered at the Oxford English Centre for a barbecue generously organised by Graham and his team.
While IALC's sponsorship money goes to the official race charity , Pathway Workshop, which provides employment and training for disabled people, The Bond Girls donated the 440 Euros they raised to the 2009 IALC Workshop charity project, the Tikapur Children's Home in Nepal. The total raised by IALC gala dinner guests and the IALC race team was 3435 Euros.
Pictured on the steps of Oxford English Centre after the race are from left to right: Ruba Dayoub, Jan Capper, Adam Wilton and Claudia Mende.
Oxford Fun Run official website