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1.847 children ran against bullying together with HRH The Crown Princess

HRH The Crown Princess joined the Free of Bullying Children’s Run in Fælledparken, Copenhagen, when The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark held the event for the 10th consecutive year on 10 June.

We prevent bullying most effectively when we work with and support children’s communities and help them create good friendships.

This was the key message when The Crown Princess and 1.847 children and their parents gathered in Fælledparken, Copenhagen, for the Free of Bullying Children’s Run organized by The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark for the 10th consecutive time.

The festive event marks the fight against bullying and the importance of a continuous and preventive effort.

The distance of the race was 1 km, and all children ran with a small, purple Buddy Bear as the baton. When the children crossed the finish line, The Crown Princess was ready − along with the mascot of Free of Bullying “Buddy Bear”, Amanda from the Danish music competition MGP, Sofie Linde from X Factor and children’s TV host Jacob Riising − to hand over medals to all children.

The well-being of children is a common concern, and this year’s event also offered a leaflet with seven good tips for parents about how they can help prevent bullying.

The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark are joint partners in Free of Bullying, and the project is supported by Ole Kirk’s Foundation. Since 2007, the programme has supported staff and teachers at childcare facilities and preschools to create strong and healthy children’s communities based on tolerance, respect, care and courage among children aged 0 to 8.

The Free of Bulying Children’s Run is organized in collaboration with Sparta Athletics, DHL and sponsored by WHEAT.

The event was held in Aarhus on 27 May where 803 children ran the same distance at Mindeparken in Aarhus.