Staff and students from all campuses come together to raise money for charities all year round.
Each year we adopt a charity, and this year our charity is ‘The Good Rock Foundation’.
The Good Rock Foundation provides a wide variety of programmes to improve the lives of orphaned and abandoned children and young people in China. Specifically focussing on children and young people with special needs, they find solutions to address immediate needs as well as measures to facilitate long-term progress.
Using funds raised by Runshaw staff and students, we are creating meaningful opportunities for young adult orphans with disabilities.
An example of how The Good Rock Foundation are reaching out to China’s orphaned or abandoned children and young people is The Fig Bakery. Born from a vision to create meaningful opportunities for young adult orphans with disability, the workshop opened in 2009. This is where apprentices have been taught life skills and vocational training according to their abilities and own aspirations. There is a dedicated team of therapists, professionals, project managers and volunteers who make this possible. It is both visionary and pioneering, as it is the first Non-Government Organisation (NGO) to bring opportunity through social enterprise to Xinjiang, PR China.
Previous charities have included:
- 2013-2015 Mary’s Meals
Over £15,000 was raised to support the international movement that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
- 2011-2011 Excellent – Pioneers of Sand Dams
The College reached the fantastic target of £15,000 which has built the ‘Runshaw Sand Dam’ in Kenya and funded the terracing of the land, a seed bank and tree nursery
- 2010-2011 The Damat Storey
The College chose to support a school in India which built an additional storey to provide much-needed space to allow children to be educated for a full day, and up to the age of 16.
Over £13,000 was raised in total for charities which included: Cancer Research, Children in Need, Derian House, Haiti Earthquake, Graeme Ballald, Sport Relief and Teenage Cancer Trust amongst many others