ORGANISERS of Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life are issuing a rallying cry to recruit volunteers in Rugby.
As the countdown starts to 5k event at Whitehall Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 31, men and women are being urged to step forward to help make the big day an outstanding success.
Before the event, they are needed to act as the ‘local voice’ of Race for Life, helping to spread the word by distributing leaflets and posters and taking part in promotional activities.
And on the big day itself, they are needed to help with a wide range of tasks from marshalling to managing the information marquee to handing out medals.
Volunteers will gain practical, hands-on experience, working with people from all walks of life, while contributing to a seriously worthwhile cause.
And they will have the personal satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make a real difference in the fight against cancer.
Race for Life 2011 is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series where women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities join together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.
Gemma Cookham, Cancer Research UK Event Manager, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to volunteer and do something really positive to help beat cancer. There is a huge variety of important tasks that need to be done, in the weeks leading up to the event as well as on the day itself.”
Everyone is welcome - men and women of all ages and abilities. Volunteers don’t need to know anyone who is taking part in Rugby Race for Life. By simply joining the Race for Life volunteer squad they will be doing their bit.
Gemma Cookham continued: “Our volunteers have a great time working with other members of the community to create a hugely successful fundraising event. And they’ll also pick up organisational, communication and fundraising skills while enabling thousands of women and their supporters to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work. Without the dedication of local men and women, who volunteer their time and energy, our events simply wouldn’t be possible.”
Cancer Research UK staff will brief, guide and support volunteers. Everyone who signs up to help at the event will receive a special t-shirt to wear on the day.
For more information about volunteering at Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.
Part of the event takes in the grounds of Rugby School.