MERRYLEE’S Jordan Taylor will be running the Great Scottish run this weekend for a charity very close to his heart.
Both Jordan’s older brothers have cystic fibrosis, one of the UK’s most common, life-threatening inherited diseases.
That’s why the 16-year-old has decided to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis trust by running the 10K and gathering sponsorship .
In doing so, he will be joined by four friends, Fraser Rathey, Thomas Reid, Joe Dougall and Alastair Martin.
Jordan told The Extra: “My friends know my brothers so they wanted to do something to raise funds too. This will be my first ever 10K run and we all hope to raise betwee n £400 and £500.
“We all want to do whatever we can to help the trust find a cure”.
Nearby Giffnock soccer centre will provide the single largest contribution to the race.
Nearly 100 children from the club will take part in the 3K run, and hope to raise a hefty sum for Save the Children and a local charity in Kenya in the process.
Each child plans to raise at least £100, which could mean a grand total of around £10,000 going to charity.
“I am just hoping that this is the start of something and that we can do it each year”, said treasurer Alan Dobson, “we also want to show that we are more than just a football club.
“Next year, hopefully, more age groups will join in and we’ll build it from here.
“There will undoubtedley be a lot of competition between the kids and they might try to go all out from the start but they will enjoy it”.
Among the other fit and charitable southsiders taking part is 64-year-old Ian Donachie from Dumbreck.
He will be running to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s society, after his aunt’s diagnosis with the disease.