Two fun runs and a whole host of family activities are taking place at Brightlingsea Sports Centre this weekend as part of an event for Porridge and Pens.
The main attraction of the event on Sunday, July 8, is a 10k and 5k run around the town.
Alongside the runs are demonstrations and performances at the sports centre from local groups, including the Colne School of Dance, Brightlingsea Karate Club, Brightlingsea Cheerleading Troupe and Pulse Performers.
There will also be pilates by Lucy Reid, and stalls selling a range of wares.
Porridge and Pens is a locally-based charity set up two years ago by three sisters to support education projects in Ghana, such as paying school fees for children from poorer families, and helping fund an orphanage in the African country.
Last year two leisure centre staff members, Vandi Rathbone and Gregg Weaver, took on the Ghana Half Marathon in Accra for the charity, and visited its projects in the country, raising more than £6,000.
Keen to carry on supporting the charity Vandi has this year organised the fun run, which starts and finishes at the Tendring District Council-run sports centre.
The event takes place from 9am-2pm, and there are still a handful of places left for the runs. To sign up visit www.porridgeandpens.org/join-the-fun-Run/ - there is no entry available on the day. Runners must be aged over-16.
Mick Skeels, Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure and Tendring District Council, encouraged people to take part in the event.
“It is always lovely to hear about the fundraising efforts of our staff, and how involved they get to support good causes they are passionate about,” he said.
“We are happy to support events such as these with our facilities, which also encourage people to explore their local leisure centre and get active – as well as raising cash and awareness for a great charity.
“I wish Vandi all the best with the day and hope that together with the support of the public lots of money is raised for Porridge and Pens.”