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Sport Aid (1986)

25 May 1986

Sport Aid was a sport-themed campaign for African famine relief held in May 1986, involving several days of all-star exhibition events in various sports, and culminating in the Race Against Time, a 10 km fun run held simultaneously in 89 countries.

The event was organised by Chris Long (Chairman and Founder), Bob Geldof (Band Aid and Live Aid) and John Anderson (Head of Global Special Events, UNICEF).

On Sunday 25 May 1986, 19.8 million runners around the world ran, jogged or walked 10 kilometres with sponsorship donations.

Sport Aid was not widely publicised in the US due in part to its clash with Hands Across America (Sport Aid was scheduled to take place on the eve of a UN special session on Africa, and so the timing conflict could not be avoided).