Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, Right To Play helps children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.
The UN recognizes play as the right of every child. Play is not a luxury; it is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace, a game of tag can teach about malaria. Play helps teach important life lessons and develop skills like co-operation, leadership and teamwork. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships and brings joy and laughter, allowing kids to be kids.
Right To Play promotes the involvement of all children and youth. The charity believes that the power of play can transform a child’s life. That’s why they work in the most disadvantaged areas engaging girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.
It costs just £30 to put a child who is facing poverty, conflict and disease through a Right To Play sport and play programmes for an entire year, giving that child the chance to learn and play. By pledging to ‘run for good’ on RUN TO WORK DAY on Friday 26th April 2013, and donating your travel money, you can help make a massive difference to children's lives around the world.