Peterborough forms friendship link with city in Ghana

Support for Peterborough from the city of Kumasi

Support for Peterborough from the city of Kumasi

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Sponsorship is now being sought to promote the 5km Kumasi Fun Run which is held at the same time as Peterborough’s own half marathon.

Children in Kumasi

Children in Kumasi

This follows a motion approved by Peterborough City Council to agree to a friendship link between the two cities which was officially marked by the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, in a ceremony on September 17.

The friendship link will encourage people to get involved in sports and to create awareness of wellbeing and healthy living.

The driving force behind the partnership is council worker Ernest Mensah-Sekyere who was born in Ghana

Ernest aims to assist less fortunate young people in the Kumasi area to get involved in sport, including people with disabilities.

With organisers operating on a small budget for the run, Ernest is appealing to local companies to support the run by sponsoring a minimum of £5,000 to provide the competitors with running vests, race bibs, water, post-race refreshments, winning trophies and medals.

The main sponsor will have their name added to the title of the run and sponsorship will also ensure that the event is promoted in and around the Kumasi region with posters, banners, flyers and entry forms left at various locations, including the city’s sports stadium.

Ernest said: “I hope this friendship link will help to promote education, literacy and sports.

“Also, through fundraising we want to build borehole wells to give residents a better quality of life and save people from epidemic disease.”

On October 12 last year the first-ever fun run went ahead in Kumasi with more than 400 people taking part in the race which started at the same time as the 5km Anna’s Hope Fun Run.

And this year, the Kumasi Fun Run attracted almost double the amount of runners.

Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region, a very important and historical centre for Ghana.

There is a high regard for tradition in Kumasi and it is the site of West Africa’s largest cultural centre.

The Great Eastern Run and Anna’s Hope Fun Run is held in Peterborough in October every year.

Ernest, a familiar face behind reception at the Town Hall, has been supporting young sportsmen and women in Kumasi for a few years, and he has handed over donations to schools including shoes, clothing, books and sports kits with bags donated by the union Unison.

To sponsor the run, email Ernest.Mensah-Sekyere@peterborough.gov.uk.