The four Welsh homelessness organisations have joined forces for this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon to put a spotlight on the impact they have, both individually and collectively, on supporting people who are facing and / or experiencing homelessness.
According to figures released by the Welsh Government at the beginning of 2023, more than 140 people were rough sleeping and 9,400 people – including 2,800 children – were in temporary accommodation.
A recent YouGov survey has highlighted that, in terms of popularity, not a single housing or homelessness charity features in the current Top 40 most popular causes in the UK.
“Funding our work is becoming increasingly challenging for us all. Major health charities, global development groups and animal charities dominate the fundraising arena, and have done so for some time.
Meanwhile, rent has skyrocketed, people are unable to pay their energy bills and are cutting back on grocery essentials.
Many households are relying on food banks and the financial impact of the cost of living crisis has caused more people to worry about keeping a roof over their heads.
Getting the right help, at the right time, can mean the very real difference between someone keeping their safe place of refuge – their home – or sleeping on the streets.
We believe that home is everything. Now, more than ever, we really need people to join our collective fight against homelessness and support us however they can.”
The Cardiff Half will take place on Sunday 1 October.
It is described by organisers as “a fast, flat, iconic road race around Wales’ capital city”.
More than £3 million is raised for good causes through the Cardiff Half each year, with hundreds of charities represented.
In recent years, #TeamWallich has boasted up to 59 runners on race day.
“It’s wonderful to see these charities coming together to do something special in this milestone year.
This ‘strength through unity’ approach will really amplify the awareness and fundraising messages for all involved, highlighting the significant contribution these charities make to people in housing need in Wales.
It’s part of the R4W way that we work with our partners to make sure they maximise their involvement.
Four homelessness charities working together under one banner is a great example of collaboration within the sector.”
General event entry places are expected to sell out soon, meaning runners will need to sign-up through an official charity.
To register for the Cardiff Half Marathon and help charities in Wales who are united against homelessness, visit our Cardiff Half Marathon sign-up page.