Santa Stroll a huge success
- Mon 06 Dec 2010, 3:57PM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
A sea of Sky Blue Santas heralded the arrival of the Christmas season at CoMs.
More than 900 signed up to be suited and booted for the 4km stroll around the stadium which was held to raise funds for the club charities.
Sponsored by Optimum, the stroll was the centrepiece of a day of festive fun for all the family with an ice rink, real reindeer and Santa’s sleigh all on hand to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
There were fabulous prizes on offer from our sponsors Etihad and Malmaison and Blues manager Roberto Mancini, still beaming after the weekend win over Bolton, was on hand to make sure everyone got off the line on time.
Every penny of the proceeds will now go to CITC Giving, the charitable giving arm of the club’s CSR policy.
Each of the five main nominated charities which the project supports – namely the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, St. Ann’s Hospice, CITC and the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust – were represented at the event so helping strollers to discover how and where their donations are being used.
Along with the sky blue Santa suit, the entry fee also included a race number, medal and a goody bag on completion.
“I can’t say thank you enough everyone who joined in with the event and helped put it on and make it such a success,” said Paul Lake CITC Ambassador and prime mover behind the event.
“The weather wasn’t as kind as it might have been but I think everyone had a great time and got into the spirit of the day.
“It was a real family occasion and the Santas looked really impressive. I think you might see a few of them at away games between now and the New Year!
“Most importantly of all though we have made money for charities and that was the prime purpose so we’re really pleased.”
City fans who couldn’t be present donated an additional £500 online. We will announce the final total going to charity as soon as possible.