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Take some exercise and at the same time raise funds for a really good cause!

Platned

21/07/2023

Get involved in this fundraising event and help to break the poverty cycle in Sri Lanka. Invite your friends, family, partners, customers, any everyone you know.

Platned would like to invite you to take part in our annual charity run or if you prefer ‘walk’ between 30th July – 1st August 2023. Get outside, experience nature, smell the fresh air and listen to the birds and the other wildlife, turn your phone off and try to stay ‘disconnected’ for this activity.

As we are all becoming increasingly aware, the beauty and benefit of regular exercise to our mental health and wellbeing cannot be overstated. This is an opportunity for all Platned employees to take time out of their busy days to personally experience that benefit by completing a distance of 5km either by walking or running. The hope is that by completing this and raising funds for the IFS Foundation we can bring smiles to the faces of many disadvantaged groups in Sri Lanka.

Don’t worry if you are not currently ‘fit’ enough to run the whole distance and please do not undertake excessive exercise if your medical practitioner would suggest otherwise, we will be happy for you to walk slowly over the 3 days to cover the suggested distance. You will need to download an app and register so we can raise as much money as possible.

There are three overarching aims of this program, Health, Education and Poverty – as we know these items are inextricably linked, whether its providing health camps for school students, delivering sexual education to our young people or providing the means to derive an income through home working . The aims of the IFS Foundation are well documented and supported by Platned directors and staff.

If we identify health issues early then we stand more of a chance in providing good quality outcomes, health camps intend to do that, focusing specifically on chronic kidney, eye and dental care. Within certain groups, suicide prevention is becoming an increasingly urgent focus and the increasing importance of exercise to mental health wellbeing in helping to address this issue is well understood, but needs to be more widely promoted. This program will do that.

Lack of access to high quality education especially amongst young girls around the topic of sexual and reproductive health is just one important area where we must do better, if we want to break that cycle. “Educated girls have fewer, healthier, and better-educated children,” according to the Global Partnership for Education. Countries invest in girls’ education, see an increase in female leaders, lower levels of population growth, and a reduction of contributions to climate change. Further education promotes economic growth because it provides the skills that increase employment opportunities and income.  

Which brings us nicely to the final aim – poverty reduction, just one way the IFS Foundation is delivering on this is by providing items for example sewing machines to help provide a secondary income for home workers.

How to join –  download the app, sign up and pledge to complete that 5km journey between 30th – 1st August

Please refer to our event page for more details on joining the charity run/walk: https://platned.com/events/

Feel free to bring your friends and family along – everyone is welcome! Let’s create a better world together.

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