AT just eight years old his main priorities are his friends and his bike.
But that has not stopped plucky Finlay Turner doing his part for charity as well by organising a Sport Relief event – for his entire school.
Finlay and I went into the school and when we told all the kids about it, everyone wanted to join inJASON TURNER
Finlay, a P4 pupil at Craiglockhart Primary, has been interested in sport for as long as his parents can remember.
At the age of three, he was able to cycle unassisted, and soon developed a similar passion for rock climbing, skiing, football and rugby.
After watching celebrities on television carrying out all kinds of challenges for Sport Relief, Finlay, from Shandon, began to get curious and asked his parents if he could do the same.
His father, Jason, told the Evening News: “Finlay has been active from a very young age so it came as no surprise he wanted to get involved with Sport Relief.
“We were just watching the television one night and he said, ‘Dad, can we do something to raise money for charity?’
“And I said, ‘Why don’t we run a mile?’”
After agreeing that was what they wanted to do, Jason, 42, and Finlay stood up at a school assembly one morning and asked how many other children would like to participate.
Jason said: “Finlay and I went into the school a couple of weeks ago and the headmaster got us up in front of everyone and when we told all the kids about it, everyone wanted to join in.”
Finlay, who plays football for North Merchiston, has organised his Mile for Sport Relief event at Meggetland tomorrow, where hundreds of children are expected to take part and do their bit.
Their aim is to raise £1000 – but if they raise over that, Jason said that they would be ecstatic.
The pair have also organised a 5k event for any older children and adults wanting to participate, as long as they have been sponsored.
Derek Law, the headmaster of Craiglockhart Primary, said: “We encourage our pupils to be responsible citizens and world citizens and there are projects going on throughout the year, many of which are initiated by the children themselves.
“The school house captains planned a big assembly for Comic Relief yesterday but I was delighted to hear that Finlay was keen to organise an additional event on Sunday to raise even more money.
“This kind of initiative and thoughtfulness is very typical of the pupils at Craiglockhart Primary School.
“I am very proud of Finlay and I’m looking forward to taking part in the run.”
The Mile for Sport Relief event kicks off at 9am tomorrow at Meggetland.
Everyone who completes the mile will be awarded with a badge, a drink and a celebratory balloon.