Fun run to raise funds for water project

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An annual fun run which raises money to provide fresh drinking water in Nigeria is taking place in Sheffield.

Taste, a Sheffield based charity set up by Ben Udejiofo, has been working in the country for nearly 14 years, drilling boreholes to provide clean drinking water.

The charity stages an annual 5k run in Weston Park each year and this year the event is being supported by Taste patron and BBC presenter Dan Walker, from Hunters Bar, who will be donning his trainers and completing the course.

Ben said: “Last year we were able to construct about 30 boreholes.

“Some were in very remote areas and some under challenging security situations, but all saved women and children walking long distances to gather water.

“Without the help of our supporters, none of this would be possible.”

The run is being sponsored by X-Cel Superturn and many of its staff will be taking part in their distinctive ‘Tommy Tap’ t-shirts.

One worker, Sharon Taylor, will be dressed in a full tap outfit.

Runners will cover three laps of Weston Park and Crookes Valley Park.

The distance is the same millions of people around the world have to walk to collect clean water.

Andrew Taylor, X-Cel managing director, who has collaborated with Taste, previously by supplying drill bits for its projects in rural Nigeria, said: “All at X-Cel look forward to further cementing our commitment to supporting Taste in any which way we can, now and into the future.”

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, July 6, at 11am.

n To take part, visit www.taste.org.uk or call Ben on 0114 233 7617.