Ely Potato Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding!

Ely Potato Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding!

Isle of Ely Produce is once again searching for charities and local organisations that could benefit from a share of £1,500 which was raised at its annual potato race.

A further £1,500 was raised which has already been given away to help support National Fish and Chip Day which is on June 7th 2019, and local schools.

Held in Ely’s High Street in October, the company have joined forces with Mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse to help give the cash away.

Hundreds lined Ely High Street for the race to cheer on the teams as they sprinted the half-a-mile course – each carrying a 20kg bag of Fenland-grown spuds. It was the first race to be televised, plus over 20,000 people from all over the world also tuned into a Spotted in Ely live Facebook feed too!

Mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse said: “I was honoured to be the official starter for the Ely Potato Race and saw first hand what a great race it has become.

“To raise over money for local charities and groups is the icing on the cake. I urge you all to come forward no matter how small.”

Oliver Boutwood, of organisers Isle of Ely Produce, said: “It was a fantastic race and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year.

“To raise more than £2,500 for good causes, and now we are looking for 5 local charities and groups to help spend it. We have now raised over £14,000 for local causes since the race was first ran.”

The event is put on annually by Isle of Ely Produce to celebrate the region’s potato growers and the harvest festival. Last year it included a Fire Crew, Panto Dame and even a Hot Dog!austen

To be in with a chance of receiving a share of the money, email austen@chippychat.co.uk explaining why your charity or community group should receive a share of the cash.

Austen Dack race event organiser says “We hope to make a difference to 5 local projects it can be a crucial piece of equipment, or to help pay for essential maintenance.”

Each successful group or charity will receive £300.

The event is the only potato street race in the world! This years event will be held on Saturday October 12th.

The closing date for nominations is April 27 2019. The nominations will be considered by the Mayor, and the directors of Isle of Ely Produce.

If you would like to run this year in the mens or ladies races, or would like to be a sponsor get in touch with Austen. email austen@chippychat.co.uk

Press release from Isle of Ely Produce

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