2018 Great North Run
Each September more than 40,000 runners race from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to South Shields for the Great North Run. As the runners warm up, jackets, jumpers and jogging bottoms worn during the wait at the start line are discarded and left behind. 16 tonnes of clothing covers the route, which needs to be cleared before the roads are reopened.
This year companions and volunteers from Emmaus North East followed the route, collecting the discarded clothing. After being washed and sorted, the items were sold in Emmaus’s two charity shops in Low Fell and Hebburn. John Harrison, Executive Lead at Emmaus North East said:
“Abbe Pierre began the Emmaus movement by collecting and reselling unwanted items to raise funds to help others. The clothing collected by our team at the Great North Run raised funds to help us continue supporting formerly homeless people in the North East.”
On the day of the race Emmaus North East also loaned a van to local foodbank and crisis response charity Hebburn Helps to allow them to collect clothing for their outreach programme. John explained:
“One of the most important parts of the Emmaus North East ethos is solidarity; meaning to help someone less fortunate than yourself. We are committed to regular acts of solidarity, which shows Emmaus companions that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.”