London Play

Summer Meals & Wheels

London Play will harness the thrills of DIY go-kart racing to promote healthy eating and physical activity. A series of fun food workshops in deprived London areas will raise awareness of healthy eating and culminate in a London-wide go-kart build & race event attended by motor racing stars.

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It ran from 11:00 AM, 16 May 2016 to 11:00 AM, 18 May 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1104731)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£8,972

Amount raised

£1,764

Donations

53

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúI‚Äôve never really used a hammer and a saw, I was a bit scared at first but got into it and now we have our own go-kart to take back to our estate.‚Äù

    — Omari , 12 years old, took part in the Go -Kart Build and Race 2015

  • “I’ve never really used a hammer and a saw, I was a bit scared at first but got into it and now we have our own go-kart to take back to our estate.”

    — Omari , 12 years old, took part in the Go -Kart Build and Race 2015

Situation

Public Health England data for 2014/15 shows the extent of the child obesity crisis, with 19.1% of children in Year 6 alone being obese and a further 14.2% being overweight. The freedom of children to play outside has diminished to the point where growing numbers of primary school-aged children are not allowed out at all. The result is a generation of children living sedentary lives and prone to obesity as well as mental and physical health problems.

Solution

London Play will harness the excitement of motor racing to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity. Teams of children will devise their own go-karts at our Go-Kart Build & Race Day in August 2016. In the run-up, we will organise three pre-event workshops at five adventure playgrounds in the poorest parts of London. Through fun activities, children will learn about the impact of obesity, find out about healthy yet tasty food options, and engage in calorie-burning activities.