We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has raised funds for the Trust in previous years. This year we are awarding teams and individuals who have raised over £50.00 for the Trust a flag to proudly wave on race day!
The easiest way to start fundraising is to set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/roundtheisland Doing so makes it simple for your friends, family and supporters to sponsor your crew. Just follow the link for more information. Good luck everyone. J.P. Morgan Asset Management is also awarding a Charity Cup to the boat that achieves the best fundraising result; so do keep in touch with us via the Forum. Good luck everyone!
Founded by round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Trust takes young people sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer. The focus is on rebuilding the young people's confidence and most importantly, having fun. The Trust allows young people the opportunity to achieve again, re-discover what they are capable of and overcome physical and mental barriers to have the confidence and belief to rebuild their lives.
The Trust is planning to enter five boats in this year's Race with 25 inspirational young people on board. Dame Ellen said:
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust feels extremely privileged to be the official charity for the Round the Island Race for the next two years. We have seen first hand the positive effect sailing has on the young people and the official charity status will enable us to take 25 young people sailing in this year's Race. It's fantastic to be able to offer this experience - the looks on their faces when they see over 1,500 boats on the start line is incredible. The young people sailing are part of our 'Return to Sail' programme which helps us to build long term relationships with the young people we work with during the difficult period between finishing treatment and hopefully reaching remission. We are all looking forward to getting out on the start line.
So far the Trust has raised over £226,000 through the Race, which has been invaluable in helping us to achieve our three-year plan to double the number of young people we work with by the end of 2016.
If you want to make a one off donation to the EMCT Round the Island Race fundraising, an easy way is to TEXT your donation. Text RTIR16, a space and then the amount in pounds to 70070. For example text: RTIR16 £10 to 70070 There are no running costs, no commission and no catches, every penny goes straight to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.