With it’s explosion of culture and the general good vibes that are associated with Brixton Splash, the Race Against Blood Cancer team is excited to be part of this years celebration and will be on hand to raise awareness of the lack of diversity of the stem cell and bone marrow database and encourage those in attendance to take a few minutes out to register as a potentially life saving donor.
For those who have not experienced this unique festival which takes place on Sunday 2nd August, we really encourage you to come along to see what all the fuss is about. With a focus on supporting local talent with music styles including but not limited to Soul, Pop, Ska and Reggae through to dancehall and roots, along with an abundance of free workshops, activities, arts and crafts, there really is something for everyone.
If you’re in the area please stop by to say hello to the team. We’ll be located on 412 Coldharbour Lane and for anyone who wants to join our team of volunteers on the day it’s not too late. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Friday 10th July marked the private launch of Race Against Blood Cancer with the inaugural event a huge success.
96 golfers revelled in the Shropshire sunshine, as they took to the course to enjoy a round of 18 holes against the backdrop of the stunning countryside, with a healthy dose of rivalry and competition evident throughout the day.
Those who stayed on for the evening were not disappointed, as they were joined by close friends and family of those involved with the charity to take the numbers up to 260 on the night. Guests were treated to a 3 course meal and amongst the laughter and positive vibes, was a heartfelt speech from one of the cofounders who talked through the birth of the charity, resulting in one or two tears being shed.
Not to lose sight of the reason they were all there, an in-depth presentation was delivered by TalkSPORT’s Geoff Peters who kindly took a break from his summer holiday, to eloquently deliver a number of key points that truly inspired all those in attendance to take action.
The feedback on the night and since has been incredible with the team overwhelmed with offers of support. Crucially, 84 new donors were registered on the evening to add to the 108 that were signed up at the OMD donor registration drive early that week and many more people having registered via the website since. Additionally, over £12k was raised that will have a big impact on the team’s ability to further raise awareness and sign up new life-saving donors.
A massive thanks to all those that attended the event, along with those who supported from far.
Take a look at the photos from the golf event via our Race Against Blood Cancer Facebook album.
On Tuesday 7th July, Race Against Blood Cancer ran its first ever Donor Registration Drive in partnership with OMD, a global media communications agency, in what is to become a series of drives across the agency’s local and global network.
Generally known as an industry full of loud, audacious young individuals who never back down from a good advertising deal, the media world took second place at OMD King’s Cross on Tuesday where staff decided to help save a life “for the cheek of it”.
Joining forces with Delete Blood Cancer UK, the official charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors, Race Against Blood Cancer & OMD managed to register 108 new donors to the registry, setting a high benchmark for its sister agencies around the world and a stepping stone for Race Against Blood Cancer.
As Chloe Hawking, director at OMD and representative of Race Against Blood Cancer told trade press “The more diverse someone’s ethnicity, the more difficult it is to find a match. London is such a melting pot of ethnicities so we are hoping our efforts can increase every patient’s chance of finding a match. This OMD office was an obvious choice for a donor drive – due to its international focus and recruitment approach, there are over 300 staff with 30 nationalities, making the team an ideal group of potential donors.”
Race Against Blood Cancer is immensely proud of this first Corporate Donor Registration Drive and is looking forward to working with OMD and Delete Blood Cancer to continue this great work!
On Friday 10th July, The Shropshire Golf club will host 100 golfers in the day and 250 guests in the evening, for the private launch of Race Against Blood Cancer.
The event is invitation only and is being attended by close friends and family of the team involved with setting it up. As part of the evening’s entertainment is a DJ, live singer, silent auction and quiz with some great prizes on offer.
The team will also look to use the opportunity to raise awareness of the shortage of stem cell and bone marrow donors from various ethnic groups and to encourage those in attendance to register on the night as a potential donor. A huge thanks to everyone who has helped with the planning of the event, in particular Joe Bates for leading the charge & Matt Lea for organising the golf day.
Please keep a look out for the photos and an update on how it all goes.
Today we officially launch our online presence with our brand spanking new website.
The hard work of a handful of our Race Against Blood Cancer crew and a few volunteers, we hope it provides the right level of information to reduce fears of becoming a donor and encourage more people to register.
Design and development credit must go out to Sam Dolan at Pink Petrol for his professionalism and patience with tireless revisions! Please do share the link around and get people to visit. Feedback also welcome if you feel any key information is missing!