Derek Haines, the Charity fund raising champ, targets to bring up $ 1 million from 6 marathons runs this year. Though he is sixty five years old, yet there is no sign of getting slow in his busy schedule. At an age when most men of that age tend to change television channels sitting at home, Haines is all set to embark on his most demanding year with 26.1 mile races spread between America, Asia and Europe.
Already, he has around 3rd of that amount plighted and he is confident that he would gather the money by the end of the year when he would complete the series with Cayman Islands Marathon race on 7th December.
A leading website reported that Derek Haines told that this is an exciting challenge but he is sure that he is up to this, although this is twice the number he has ever run in a year before. This is also the largest appeal he has ever been involved in directly but, if earlier fund raisers are a guide, he is quite confident that he would be able to raise the required amount for this very necessary facility.
He added that people have been quite generous with their support and most of them understand the need for a care facility of this kind. He has already received promises of substantial funding and of other means of completing this project. A million dollars is a large amount but they could raise it.
Plans to sell race track to fund a reconstruction of Carn Brea Leisure Centre have been supported by the Cornwall Council’s cabinet. They have confirmed that they have taken an offer from the developers to sell the track including the seventeen acre site, for a supermarket as well as other shops.
It has been stated that if funds are found, the rack would move to Redruth School. Asda, a supermarket giant, is believed to be eyeing up the place to launch a new shop in Pool.
The council’s cabinet member for resources and finance Alex Folkes told that they recognized the importance of the leisure centre to the local people and they are committed to working with the Carn Brea Leisure Trust to carry out improvements to the facilities.
He added that the offer involves accepting one of the proposals which are on the list and after that using the money from the sale to renovate the leisure centre as well as provide the running track. They have been at a number of places for the running track, their target is to relocate this within the Redruth region, with the favored option being Redruth School.
It is reported that the sale is part of a £300 million regeneration program for Redruth, Camborne and Pool and it is seen as a line of life for the rundown leisure facility that opened in the year 1974. It shut down in the year 1999 and again reopened after a year, run by Carn Brea Leisure Centre Trust.