People use their heart to run for a 'revolutionary' cause
A former student came first out of 438 runners in the Newham College 10K Run on Sunday 14 April.
Ex-Newham College student Jamal Mahamed, 30, from Plaistow finished the race, in just under 34 minutes while the leading woman, Krystle Balogun, 26, from Chadwell Heath, finished in 43 minutes.
The race went from West Ham Park and back via local streets and was dedicated to the students’ charity, The Learning Revolution Trust.
Runners with a cause – the 10K race start
Jamal said: “I always do athletics. It was a good day. There were lots of people and there was sunshine. I did the race for fun but it’s also in a good cause.”
Jamal, who works for Royal Mail, studied English at the College in 2010, now plans to train to run the London Marathon.
Winning a cause: Eliud Kipserem, Tessa Sanderson, Emily Biwott, and 10K winner, Jamal Mahamed
Krystle organises amateur runners from her workplace at Nike in Westfield Stratford. She said: “I didn’t expect to win. But you get to a stage where you don’t think you can go on but the crowd pushed me to carry on.”
She added: “Achieving a goal and at the same time as promoting a charity to help others is brilliant.”
Doing the running for charity: Kristle Balogin, 10K women’s winner
15-year-old Hafiz Patwary, from Manor Park, is among the youngest runners. He came from Italy around seven months ago and is now studying GCSEs at the College’s NewLap. He said: "Teachers at the College encouraged me to run. I like running and my family thinks it’s good because it's in the area."
2,018 people across London, including professional athletes, and Newham College staff and students took part in the 10K Run and the East London Half Marathon. Both races were organised by the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy.
Former Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson CBE said: “The turnout was fantastic and the weather was great. I’ve had some fantastic responses from people saying they enjoyed the course and the cause.”
The Learning Revolution Trust (LRT) provides financial support to people from east London facing particular hardship to enable them to access to educational opportunities.
Launched last October with support from Newham College, it has raised around £70,000 from public-spirited businesses and individuals.
At LRT launch last October was (left to right) – with Amy Marran, Ola Obidogun, Tessa Sanderson CBE, Newham College's Sam Goode and Andrew Mitchell, David Weir MBE (in his wheelchair), young footballers Leanne Cowan and Vyan Sampson, and Christine Ohuruogu MBE.
Credt: Michael Cockerham Photography
It has already made 29 awards to 15 teenagers in or leaving care, 11 budding athletes, two undergraduates and an apprentice.
The typical award is between £1,000 and £1,500 paid over a year that help pay for travel, books, course material and living costs that would otherwise stop people taking up study.
19-year-old Sarah (not her real name) has LRT support for day-to-day living that helps her with a Legal Secretarial Level 2 course. She came to the UK as a refugee with no family at the age of 15.
She said: “The money from the Learning Revolution Trust has made me more financially stable. It was incredibly hard before.”
LRT patrons include: Tessa, pop stars, Omar and Lemar, local MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown, Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales, international businessman and former West Ham student Dave Bance, fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes and food entrepreneur, Levi Roots.
Also among the partrons are: British actor Shaun Dooley, former Newham College Principal and founder of the ‘Learning Revolution’ strategy Martin Tolhurst CBE, former Secretary of State for Education Baronness Estelle Morris, entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab, and Savile Row tailor Philip Parker.
Newham College governor Parin Bahl is a Trustee and its chair is Martin Cumella.
Trust chair, Martin Cumella said: “We believe in the transformational power of learning to change people’s lives and opportunities. We believe no one in Newham or east London should be deprived of the opportunity to go to college because of hardship.”
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Running will 'magically' boost education and health, says college
Hundreds of people are getting ready for a six-mile run through West Ham next month that will raise funds for hard-up students.
The first Newham College 10K Run on Sunday 14 April aims to raise money for the Learning Revolution Trust (LRT), a charity that helps remove financial barriers to education faced by east Londoners.
Runners sponsoring Newham College take part in 2012 10K Run
Participants will also improve their fitness by running from West Ham Park to the Bow Flyover and back on Saturday 14 April.
The College’s Deputy Principal, Philip Badman is urging local people either to donate directly the Trust or sponsor runners, and also to cheer them on during the run.
He said: “We want to ensure that local people benefit from the Olympic legacy and to create a bit of magic.
“The effort runners make to shake off a few pounds will be transformed into other sorts of pounds that will help students. It’s a win-win run for everyone.”
The 10K Run is for the public at large and starts before the East London Half Marathon that, in turn, is a new race for elite athletes.
Both runs are organised by the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy (TSFA) managed by the gold medal winning Olympian.
Around 3,000 people representing over 66 different nationalities have already registered to start the runs.
Runners limber up before starting the 2012 10K Run
Every 10K finisher receives a special T-shirt and medal while the quickest will have small cash awards.
Newham College developed the LRT as a charity for east London students. Over £70,000 has been raised by the LRT since its launch last year and the first bursaries are now being awarded to students.
The East London Half Marathon will give financial help to young people in sports through the TSFA.
Both races start at the bandstand at West Ham Park. The runners will pass through main roads that include Upton Lane, Portway, West Ham Lane, Manor Road and the A11 High Street via Greenway.
Over one hundred and fifty shoppers at Stratford Centre received consumer and money tips from students, recently.
Six young people studying at Newham College handed out information at the clothes store, Zen, to help shoppers spend wisely during the recession.
They were taking part in a national competition, the Money for Life Challenge that has the backing of college associations, banks and charities.
Health and social care student, Rebecca Luke, 18, from Forest Gate, said: “Money management is extremely important now, especially since everyone is struggling. If you’re young, it’s better to know how to deal with money.”
Money for Life: Rebecca and Laura outside Zen
Rebecca Luke and fellow student Laura Smith at Zen’s consumer rights shop front
The teenagers handed out cards that could fit in a purse or wallet and that presented bullet points on consumer law and money management.
The College supported the project with £300 and its student liaison officer, Liam Davis, worked with the student union.
Students researched consumer law, community languages and spent a day of their own time at the shopping centre.
Liam said: “We’re keen to get students to do something that’s beneficial for the community. We wanted a project that was new, original and that helps Newham’s diverse community.”
The Challenge provided £200 grants for teams of 16 to 24-year-olds to run a money advice project in their own local areas. The most inspiring and impactful projects progress to UK finals with great prizes on offer.
Money for Life, Rebecca, Laura and Liam
Students Rebecca Luke, Laura Smith and student liaison officer Liam Davis with information cards at the Zen store
Student, Laura Smith, 18, from Stratford, says she changed her shopping habits after attending a Barclays Bank money management workshop at the College’s East Ham Campus.
She explained: “They told me more about keeping receipts and bank statements together so you know what’s going out and what’s coming in. I have a better idea about where my money has gone.”
“Three week ago, I bought a pair of jeans in Westfield shopping centre that was the wrong size because the label was wrong. Because I had a receipt I took it back to the shop and they gave me a new pair of jeans.”