acdc to Race the Sun…

Written by acdc on August 27, 2013>

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Well it’s that time of year again, where myself, and a group of equally insane individuals from acdc carry out our annual physical charity challenge.  Last year we took part in the Snowdonia Challenge, which involved 40 Miles cycling, a 10 mile run/walk to the top of Mt. Snowdon, and a 2 mile canoe, which we successfully completed in around 7 hours.  So in true acdc style, we’ve set ourselves another, harder challenge this year.

This time, we are competing in Race the Sun, a grueling event starting at 6am, with the aim of finishing before sunset – around 14 hours later!!  Set in the Lake District, we will be riding 50 miles on the bikes (with 5 miles off-road), 15 miles walking (with around 1000m elevation of climbing) and a pleasant 3 mile canoe round a lake!  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it!!

But we clearly wouldn’t be carrying out these acts of physical recklessness without it being for an exceedingly good cause.  Our charity this year will be ‘Action Medical Research’ dedicated to improving the health of babies and children.

‘Action Medical Research’ is a charity which is able to offer hope to the many thousands of families across the UK who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.’

Despite enormous progress in medicine, there are still hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need our help. Children like Katie, born two months early who needed resuscitating at birth, Cieran who was left with deafness, epilepsy and cerebral palsy because of meningitis and Jack, who as a baby, was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Action Medical Research is offering hope to the many thousands of families who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.  Right now the best medical minds in children’s hospitals and universities across the UK are waiting for the green light to start research that could lead to life-changing treatments for babies and children. They just need the funding.

To make a contribution, please visit www.action.org.uk/sponsor/acdcbandit

This is an exceptional charity, which isn’t particularly large, but who are making a huge difference, and with your help, can do even more.  I know that times are tight, and there are loads of people doing great events for charity nowadays, but please do have a think, and make a contribution no matter how large or small.  Our sponsorship target is £2000, and anything that you can contribute would be amazing – THANK YOU!

The event is actually very soon, on Saturday 31st August.  Our team of 4, Paul Whittaker, Paul Wilkinson, Lee Sweetman, and myself are a pretty healthy bunch, and we have all been training hard, but we fear that no amount of training will be able to prepare us for what we are going to endure.  The thought that our efforts are going to make a big difference to this amazing charity will be sure to get us through, and the more of you who get behind us, will definitely help us get through it too!

So, once again many, many thanks in advance. We’ll keep you posted on our progress, and certainly let you know how we get on!

Best regards,

Gareth Frankland
CEO
acdc

For full details of the event please visit  http://www.action.org.uk/race_sun

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