Join the Venezuelan Community in Ireland in our first virtual challenge : Run To Feed

Set a personal target of either walking or running a distance of 50 or 100 kilometres in total and throughout the entire month ofJune and July . Join us on July 25th let's run together! 

Not only will you be getting and active as part of this challenge but you will be going the extra mile to help feed 250 children that rely on the daily school meals run by the school. The event is free for everyone to sign up and you contribute to the meals programme by purchasing the T-shirt from the challenge or making any contribution.

Share the link with your friends, family or colleagues and ask them to get involved and take on the challenge with you!

Don't forget to take pictures in June and tag us using #everystepcounts

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What is the Run To Feed Virtual Challenge?

The aim of the Run to Feed Virtual Challenge is to set a personal target of either walking or running a distance of 50 or 100 kilometres throughout the entire month of June. With the funds you help raise by participating in this challenge, VCI will be able to better support the operation and distribution of the school meals programme among children who attend the Victor Lino Gomez school in the city of Cabimas in Venezuela.

What is ‘Merienda Escolar’?

‘Merienda Escolar’ is a daily school meals programme that feeds almost 250 children, between the ages of 3 and 12 years old who live in extreme poverty. These children attend the Victor Lino Gomez school which is situated in the city of Cabimas, a Venezuelan state of Zulia.

Do I have to complete the 50km or 100km in just one day?

No, not at all! The goal is to complete whichever total you set for yourself (50km or 100km) over the course of the entire month of June. It is entirely up to you how you choose to complete it but most people aim to achieve between 3 and 5 km a day. Whether you’re new to fitness or have spent years pounding the pavement, do what best suits you and your lifestyle!

Do I have to run 50km or 100km?

The best thing about this challenge is that you can run, jog or walk - the choice is entirely yours! If you’re new to running and don’t know where to start, we suggest you begin by walking. This is a personal challenge and all we ask is that you do your best, adhere to all public health guidance and have some fun!

Why should I sign up to the Run to Feed Virtual Challenge?

First and foremost, you will be helping VCI raise much needed funds to support the regular delivery of a school meals programme for children in Venezuela who live well below the poverty line and lack fundamental access to basic food staples. By participating in this challenge, you will not only raise awareness of an excellent cause but will get fit and active in the process.

Daily activity helps lift our mood, improve our wellbeing and reduce stress and anxiety. By participating in this virtual challenge, you will get all the motivation and support you need to get out and move. Why not share this virtual challenge with family and friends and together you'll have fun, get fit and maybe even begin a new healthy habit for the future.

How do I track my total daily km?

To track the number of kilometres you walk, jog or run, we recommend you use, use your preferred app . You can download the app  to begin tracking your distance.

Do I need to prove I completed the challenge?

No, you won’t have to prove you completed the challenge. But, if you want to feel that sense of accountability to yourself, you are more than welcome to share your progress with others on social media.

Once you complete the challenge, why not take a screenshot of the total number of kilometres you ran or walked and send them to us via e-mail at with the subject line ‘Run To Feed - Challenge completed’. There will be a certificate of completion for everyone who successfully completes the challenge and shares with us the kilometres. Please include your name in the email.

Do I need to share the link to take part in the challenge?

Taking part in this challenge is an entirely personal decision. You do not have to donate to or share the link for the challenge. However, we invite you to support the Venezuelan Community in Ireland by helping us to raise awareness of food insecurity and malnutrition among school-going children in Venezuela and any donation you’re willing to make will go a long way to supporting the delivery of the Merienda Escolar school meals programme.