Primary Schools' Red Dress Fun Run 2024
Our exciting primary schools’ competition for spring term will put the fun into FUNdraising for your pupils and staff.
As part of our wider campaign during ‘National Heart Month’ in February 2024, we are asking you to join us for the most heartwarming event of the year – our annual RED DRESS FUN RUN – to help raise vital funds towards our work fighting chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland.
We're seeing red as the sad fact is that 4 people here die every day from heart disease and across Northern Ireland 16 people today will have a heart attack – we all know a family that has been affected. In Northern Ireland there are 641,644 people are on registers for chest, heart or stroke conditions – that's one in four of us. Our vision is a Northern Ireland free from chest, heart and stroke illnesses and we need your support to keep taking steps towards achieving that dream.
It’s easy to get involved. On any date in February or March 2024 why not host your own Red Dress Fun Day for pupils and staff in support NI Chest Heart & Stroke. Simply wear something red, or with hearts, and get active against heart disease as you have fun while you run, walk, skip, hop, dance or wheel. Tell a joke, sing a silly song, make a conga line… do whatever makes everyone smile while they have a laugh raising cash for a great cause.
If your school already participates in the Daily Mile, why not have a heart and dedicate a Daily Mile to NICHS ? Every school that takes part will receive a big NICHS presentation cheque to show how much they have raised, a 'You have made a difference' certificate of thanks and a fun-filled video with some celebrity ambassadors from the world of sport and comedy to watch before your run!
Plus! Every school that signs up will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five online ‘Heartley’s Heroes’ Talks delivered by our Schools’ Health Promotions Team plus a Healthy Break Hamper containing lots of healthy goodies from our product partner Linwoods! So get RED-Y and lets go do some good together! Sign your primary school up today!
Suggested fundraising target £1 per participating pupil.
Competition T&Cs can be found here
NB All primary schools participating must register to take part before the closing date of Friday 1st March 2024 to be entered into the prize draw however you can choose to do your fun run after this date in March 2024.
Let us know you’re taking part and fundraising for us simply by filling out the form below. You’ll receive an automatic email when your form is submitted and one of our team will be in touch with a welcome email and more info shortly after that.
If you have any queries or require any additional information please contact our community team firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Tel: 028 9032 0184 during office hours.
We had a fantastic day, the children had an absolute ball!
Oonagh Phillips, P6 teacher and Community Coordinator, Ballymacrickett PS, Glenavy
Our staff and pupils of St. Colman’s Bann were delighted to take part in NICHS's Red Dress Fun Run .Everyone loved dressing in red, running, dancing, exercising, tasting red foods and making a selection of heart crafts. We also talked about why we should look after our heart health. We really had a Happy Heart Day.
Julie Hoy, teacher, St. Colman’s Bann P.S. in Laurencetown
It was a great success and we are so pleased we raised £610 for you from our Red Dress Run days!
Ralph Magee, Principal, Andrews Memorial PS, Comber
The fun run last Friday was a great wee day! All the pupils took part and we raised about £120. The kids + staff all wore red, we were all really impressed! It's in our local newspaper too (Ballymena Guardian). The video was amazing, thank you very much!! It was watched quite a few times! And was very useful the day before too, to get the pupils excited and see how important the event was. Thanks again for a brilliant event and for letting us be part of it!
Alastair Beacom, Principal, Dunclug PS, Ballymena.