Go The Extra Mile In Your City
07 September 2018
The Extra Mile is a community-led initiative by Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, which addresses a unique social challenge in each city. It gives runners and spectators alike the opportunity to make a meaningful and actionable difference to public health, education, arts or the environment of their communities, all through using the power of sport.
Not only do we run these cities - we care about them, too.
In Shanghai, we asked the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay race community to vote on the social issue that they felt most needed to be addressed in the city. The winner: MENTAL HEALTH!
In Shanghai, The Extra Mile has teamed up with sport for development organisation Right To Play to harness the power of sport to address a key challenge truly unique to the city.
On August 10th, Right To Play hosted The Extra Mile community day at Fudan University Pediatrics Hospital with a number of volunteers. The day provided the chance to play for inpatient children, including one-to-one bedside games, group play, and picture book reading. The aim was to reduce the anxiety of children and improve their adaptability to hospitals, therefore increasing the medical treatment efficiency.
This was the launch of ongoing programming by Right To Play that The Extra Mile is supporting over the next year. Programming will look to improve the working skills of medical teams and social workers to better understand the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children, to know how best to communicate with them and to learn how to use play to improve children’s cooperation with medical treatment. Right To Play will also develop a service model and different play tools for hospital children.
The relay community will now have a chance to volunteer in interactive and exciting activities that addresses this winning challenge and kicks off the yearlong support of The Extra Mile in Shanghai.
Please join us and go the extra mile yourself by participating in a volunteer day, it will be an experience you’ll never forget!