Around the World in 80 Days at the University of Worcester

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Students and staff at the University of Worcester will be going around the world in 80 days in the coming weeks, to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for personal wellbeing and to raise funds for charity.

All at the University are being encouraged to walk, run, cycle, row or swim – in fact any physical activity they choose – to reach a combined total of 24,902 miles, the distance equal to the equatorial circumference of the Earth.

The challenge is aimed at helping staff and students get active in the New Year, while raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice, the University’s Charity of the Year.

It will begin on February 3, with staff and students logging their miles on a chart.

University Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, and Mark Jackson, Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice, will launch the challenge by walking a mile around the University.

All staff will be encouraged to walk the same mile that week to raise funds, donating £1 on completing the mile, and are then being asked to complete their own challenges throughout the next 80 days.

Louise Jones, Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing at the University of Worcester, explains: “Spring is the time of year when, post the festive season, people often think about becoming more physically active and we would like to capture this in a positive way.

“We hope that the challenge of going around the world in 80 days by covering 24,902 miles will prove a fun and exciting way for staff and students to improve their wellbeing and raise funds for charity.

“We look forward to hearing about all of the different challenges that people choose to undertake.”

You can find out more information on the initiative here.