Simon Dunn the store director at Specsavers on Wheeler Gate, general manager Nicole ‘Stic’ Thacker, and contact lens optician Suzanne Dunn are the four looking to take on the 10km trek in Ethiopia.
They are planning on raising at least £7,500 for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
Simon Dunn said: “We’ve set ourselves a big fundraising target, as well as a big challenge in completing the 10km run in Addis Ababa.
“We’ve just returned from the Alps, where we were training at a high altitude to prepare for the race. Addis Ababa is nearly 2,400 metres above sea level, so it will be a lot tougher than running in the UK.”
The race is being held at one of the highest cities in the world, with the event now in its 15th year it will most likely attract over 40,000 runners.
This is not the only bit of fundraising that the opticians have done. The team’s colleagues have also organising a range of fundraising activities to ensure they reach their target. They have sold homemade sock monkeys and fresh eggs, and run a raffle to win Specsavers vouchers.
Nicole, a keen runner, said: “We’re all looking forward to taking to the streets of Addis Ababa. It’s going to be quite an experience and for such a great cause. We’re a little daunted, but confident we’ll complete it with no problem.
Nicole also added:”I love running and have taken part in quite a few 10km races this year as part of my training, as well as the Robin Hood Half Marathon which a number of the Specsavers’ team took part in. The support we’ve received from staff and customers is overwhelming, and we just hope it will continue so that we can reach our fundraising target and help those in desperate need of eye-care.”
Simon added: “As well as fundraising. We’re also collecting second hand specs for VAO. The glasses are recycled in an environmentally-friendly way and the salvaged materials are sold to raise funds for the charity. I’d urge anyone who has glasses gathering dust at home to drop them off in-store.”