Lacing up their running shoes and wearing their Garden of Evan running t-shirts (free to anyone who runs on behalf of the charity), Mum and Daughter duo, Elise Schwarz and her 6-year-old daughter Hannah, will once again take part in the AJ Bell Mini Great Scottish run on Saturday 30 September and the 10k on Sunday 1 October in Glasgow.
They’ll be running with their teammates for The Garden of Evan charity, set up in memory of Elise’s son and Hannah’s brother, Evan, who passed away at the age of 2. Evan had complex needs, but thoroughly enjoyed sensory play sessions with Sense Scotland. Seeing how important sensory toys were to Evan, Elise wanted to help other families, by launching The Garden of Evan to raise funds to provide sensory equipment for children with additional support needs.
One of the charity’s main achievements is a Sensory Library which allows children to try out sensory toys on a loan basis. It also publishes a sensory story book which is free to hospitals and schools upon request.
Elise, Hannah, and the charity’s fundraising efforts have already captured the attention and hearts of their local community. Through creative fundraising initiatives such as “Back at The Disco” taking place in Queen’s Park Bowling Club on the 15 September with a raffle and lots of great prizes donated from local businesses and cakes from the Dandelion Café, they work alongside amazing charities such as Sense Scotland and The Daisy Chain Charity. 100% of the funds they raise will go towards buying sensory equipment for as many children with special needs this Christmas.
Elise’s top tip for running a 10k: “You don’t need to win it, running slow and finishing is equally as good as winning”.