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The Crayon Run is back for its second year in support of local causes

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Following a hugely successful inaugural event in 2017, the Crayon Run is back for its second edition this Saturday, May 5, in Discovery Bay. The popular family race is being held to raise funds for The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children.

This year, the event will also raise money to support inspiring DB teen JP Castillo, who is currently battling a brain tumour.

JP, a 12-year-old teen studying at Discovery Bay International School, will be undergoing surgery in June. Those wishing to support JP can take part in a special ‘Run with JP’ – a half lap from one end of the beach to another. Other categories include adult and child up to five years old, adult and child from six to eight years old, adult and child from nine to 11 years old and a Fabulous Helpers category where children and their aunties can run together.

Looking ahead to this year’s race, organiser Crystal is getting excited. “We’re expecting much more community spirit and the opportunity to offer more financial help to those in need,” she says. “This year, we have a great amount of support from DB schools and a lot more sponsors. A highlight goes to the DB Pirates who have kindly offered to lead a Haka warmup before the races. We’re expecting over 100 people to be gathered on the beach on Saturday morning!”

The Crayon Run

The Crayon Run is organised by The Crayon Society, a group of DB mums that gets together to melt old crayons and resell them to raise funds to support medical costs for local children. Crystal, part of the group, said the idea of The Crayon Run came about when she and her husband Stefano Passarello began enroling their then four-year-old son in races, but found there was a lack of options for young ones on Lantau.

“We have the beautiful Tai Pak Beach with a beautiful seaview here in Discovery Bay – nothing beats that,” continues Crystal. “The close proximity to home makes a huge difference, allowing our little ones to bond with their parents and ‘complete’ something together, something that both we as parents and our children can cherish.”

A total of HK$32,633 was raised from last year’s race for The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children and Crystal, along with the rest of The Crayon Run team, is hoping even more can be achieved this year with the community’s support.

“If there’s one thing our kids should take away from this event, it’s that if you have a great idea, something that you truly believe in, go for it, structure it, and execute it with pride. While you are doing that, help someone along the way, because it may just ‘accidentally’ make a huge difference in someone’s life!”

To take part in The Crayon Run, visit the plaza (in the tables outside the Post Office) on Monday (April 30), Wednesday (May 2) and Friday (May 4) from 5pm to 6.30pm where you can sign up. Or you can email [email protected]. Registration closes this Friday.

For more information, visit www.thecrayonrun.com.

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