The New York Marathon, a major fundraising event for charities in many countries, was cancelled due to the impact of superstorm Sandy last month, causing many charities to lose anticipated income.
Whizz-Kidz has, however, managed to find an alternative challenge for its team of 15 New York Marathon 2012 runners, thanks to corporate supporters.
The charity has now offered the whole team personal support packages in Paris 2013, consisting of a Marathon place, and free return travel and accommodation, thanks to support from Hilton Worldwide and Eurostar. The Intercontinental Hotel Group were also able to offer some rooms.
Whizz-Kidz Director of Fundraising Joanne Dunsford, said: "Supporter care is our top priority. We completely understand why the New York Marathon was unable to take place in 2012, and what was important to us was finding a swift positive solution for our team who trained and fundraised hard for their Marathon challenge".
Whizz-Kidz New York 2012 runner, Ian Keith said: ‘What a fantastic and immediate response from Whizz-kidz! I got back this morning and my first task was to ask if I could transfer my place and donations to the Paris Marathon. Not only had they already done that, but they’d also arranged free travel and accommodation! I put my name straight down as a 'yes' for Paris 2013."
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