It’s going to be wheely fun!

Pop down to Eaton Park on June 4 and you will see a whole load of students in fancy dress, racing around in wheelbarrows!

This is the 10th year that the UEA Enactus Society and the Union of UEA Students have organised the successful “Pimp My Barrow” event, raising money for local cancer charity Big C. Around 1,500 students are expected to take part, with teams donning fancy dress and joining a parade through the golden triangle, stopping at Eaton Park at around 3pm for wheelbarrow races, before a pub crawl to The Farmhouse, The Garden House and The Black Horse pubs.

Pimp My Barrow was a concept devised by two former UEA students Paul Wheeler and Tom Tapper to raise money for charity, raise the student profile in the city and have some fun.

The amount raised has increased each year, with the 2015 event bringing in an impressive £10,821, adding up to a total of £58,798 over the 10 years.

Yinbo Yu, activities and opportunities officer at The Union Of UEA Students, said: “This is such a fantastic event which raises so much money for Big C every year. Our students love this event, it raises money and it’s fun!

“Many of the local community come out to watch the parade go by, also donating to the cause which helps to build a carnival atmosphere.”

Big C will also be in attendance and available to talk about their aim to support cancer patients in Norfolk and to fund research for treatments.

Dr Chris Bushby, CEO of Big C, said: “Who would have thought that racing a dressed up wheelbarrow whilst wearing fancy-dress would be such a fantastic fundraiser? Not me!

“I am full of admiration for the enthusiasm and energy of all the UEA students who have staged this fabulous event through the parks and streets of Norwich, raising vital funds and promoting awareness of Big C. For 10 years they have been helping to ensure the best outcomes for those affected by cancer.

“Big C enjoys many close links with UEA and has funded cancer research involving most of its schools of science. We have also recently established a new focus for research into cancer genetics and prostate cancer at the Norwich Science Park. I look forward to continuing our close partnerships both in research and with the barrows for years to come.”

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