Record amount for Erasmus Charity Run

All Charity Run participants cheer before the start at Erasmus University College.
Three participants cheer on Coolsingel before the start.
Alexander Santos Lima

Last Sunday, participants of the Erasmus Charity Run raised a total of €23,176, breaking last year's record. Participants ran either the full or quarter marathon. This charity run, an official part of the Rotterdam Marathon, aims to raise funds to financially support talented students.

Traditionally, our participants gathered at Erasmus University College. To mark the 110th anniversary of Erasmus University Rotterdam, participants received a special edition anniversary running shirt, hereafter, the cheque was presented to Erasmus Trustfonds after which followed a joint warming-up. Then, students, staff, alumni, and friends of our university set off to the start.

Participant runs and raises his thumb.
Alexander Santos Lima

Financial Support

Once again, funds were raised to support talented students. Leading up to the race, students like Gabriel and Atakan shared their stories with participants, giving tangible examples of why it is important to raise funds. This effort aims to make education accessible to all, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to develop their talents. With the scholarship amount increasing significantly from €15,000 to €17,500, raising as much money as possible was crucial.

Record Amount 

The race started as an initiative by Erasmus School of Economics in 2013 and exists as a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam (Erasmus Alumni Relations Team) and Erasmus Sport Erasmus Trustfonds since 2021. This year, the previous record amount was surpassed, reaching a total of €23,176. There's a possibility that the Executive Board may contribute an additional €20,000.

Running participant cheers with two thumbs up.
Alexander Santos Lima

If so, we could award scholarships to two students in the upcoming academic year. The amount of €23,176 was handed over to the Erasmus Trust Fund last Sunday. Kim Elferink, in charge of the organization, reflects on a successful edition, stating, "We are extremely proud of all the participants and donors. With their dedication, they have helped make dreams come true and make education accessible to everyone. Additionally, the atmosphere was fantastic!"

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