The Schoolbag Race: challenge taken up!

23 September 2021

Photo credit: Nicolas Beaumont

On Sunday 19 September, Aide et Action organized the first edition of "La Course des Cartables". For the occasion, more than a hundred participants met in the Bois de Vincennes, in Paris, to run in favour of education in the world. A great day of sport, solidarity and conviviality!

On Sunday 19 September, in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris, more than 100 people took up the challenge of our "Schoolbag Race" in favour of education. This event, which was both sporty and very supportive, was sponsored by the singer Silvàn Areg and aimed to raise awareness of the reality of education for thousands of children around the world. 

After a collective warm-up with a professional sports coach, 56 teams (families, friends or colleagues) set off to the starting line with a schoolbag on their backs, determined to complete the 2 or 6 km courses on offer. Although sometimes very young, all the runners held on, and the majority of them even chose the longest distance!

Another way to support our actions

For this first edition, dedicated to India (Aide et Action's first country of intervention), the procession of sportsmen and women was led by the singer Silvàn Areg, sponsor of the event, and the journalist Elodie Suigo who represented our partner Franceinfo. After the effort, the comfort: stands of Indian games, glitter tattooing or Bollywood dance show by the Bolly Deewani association were proposed to the public. But the great moment awaited by many participants was the showcase of Silvàn Areg who, after having run, gave his voice for the good cause!

The Schoolbag Run also raised over €21,000 for our field projects, such as those in India to encourage the enrolment of the most vulnerable girls in school, to enable the children of migrant workers to attend school while their parents are working, and to provide educational materials to children living in remote areas.

We would like to warmly thank all the participants who made this first edition a great success, as well as the volunteers and our partners! See you next year! In the meantime, relive the event in pictures:

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