Elvie Thompson, Head of Engagement explained why the team have got involved in the fundraising effort.
“It is estimated that leaders of our Young Archaeologists’ Club branches each volunteer at least 70 hours a year. The rewards are huge: it’s a joy to help young people fulfil their dreams of taking part in archaeology as well as to go ‘behind the scenes’ at heritage organisations; to watch the young archaeologists develop their understanding of the world around them through studying the past; and to help them learn practical skills outside of the classroom and curriculum.
But the branches can only operate with the support of YAC HQ. Importantly, this includes the provision of safeguarding checks, insurance, and first aid training. Owing to funding cuts the CBA are running the DIG DEEP FOR YAC campaign and as part of this a team of six staff members of the CBA - aka ‘The New YAC Dolls - are running the Yorkshire Marathon in relay this October.”
Support for the campaign has come from across the archaeology community. Phil Harding, a keen supporter of the work of YAC, said
“Pheidippides ran the marathon to secure the future of Greece. Go New YAC Dolls in York as they try to do the same for the Young Archaeologists’ Club.”
Every penny of the money raised will help support the YAC network:
• £10 can help recruit a new volunteer leader
• £20 pays for a Child Protection course
• £50 provides an annual grant to one of sixty YAC branches across the UK
• £100 puts a volunteer through first aid training
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