On a sunny afternoon, young runners from all over Slovenia, with the support of their families and many famous faces, enthusiastically runned the track, raising funds for their peers in need. This family event, which grows year by year and exceeds all expectations, was marked by playful children laughs, loud cheering and tears of happiness when donating. This year's total amounted to a whopping € 11,000, which was fully donated to the Children and Parents Center Žalec, which takes care of children with autism. The winners of the run became, without a doubt, all the participants who, with their warmth and charity, also helped to accept and respect others.
At a traditional event held this year under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, children from all over Slovenia came together to show their charity. On a sunny Friday afternoon, they flooded the Velenje City Stadium and, with the support of families and many famous Slovenians, made sure that the event exceeded all expectations this time. In addition to their increased participation compared to last year, they also raised more funds - a whopping € 11,000 was raised for children with autism.
Visitors were guided through unforgettable and fun radio presenter and great benefactor Miha Deželak
, and the initiator and host of the event, Tanja Skaza
, was always looking for the motivation. The latter, in tandem with Vlasta Nussdorfer, adviser of the President of the Republic in the field of human rights, opened the official part of the event, followed by warm-ups with the Gorenje Velenje club handball players, Pika Nogavicka and the M-Dance dance group. Participants were cheered by the musicians of the Laško drummers and rapper Trkaj and singer Anabel, and each runner was given their medal from Tinkara Fortuna, group Bepop, and Tim Mastnak, great Slovenian snowboarder.
The highlight of the varied program, which was complemented by numerous creative workshops and animations, was the donation of the funds raised. We dedicated them entirely to the Center for Children and Parents Žalec, in which under the leadership of the founder Sabina Korošec Zavšek, take care of the youngest who have autism. Sabina, who only had a hard time holding back tears, thanked all the participants in the company of the children and their families, and especially emphasized the efforts of the organizers to inform the public about accepting and respecting the differences of children with autism with the event.
The initiator of the event and the director of Skaza, Tanja Skaza, thanked the participants and all those who contributed to the success of the donation, adding: “I am extremely pleased that we have gathered in such a large number this year and showed the power of charity. The funds raised, and above all the sincere smiles on the faces of the children and all the participants, show that we really win when we help each other. "
Watch a short video o the event HERE