Television presenters Dawn Porter and Aggie MacKenzie are among an amazing group of women taking positive action in the fight against breast, ovarian and cervical cancers and they officially launched the unique new Women V Cancer challenge in Richmond Park, Surrey earlier in the year with some of the other women cyclists taking part.
Dawn and Aggie were among the first women to sign up for the unique, new challenge. Aggie is best known for her Channel 4 series How Clean is Your House? and Dawn for hard-hitting documentaries like Super Slim Me and My Breasts Could Kill Me. They will both be challenging themselves as part of a women-only team of cyclists riding through Kenya to support the work of three charities: Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. A donation will also be made to support cancer care in Kenya.
Dawn, 31, said: “Having lost my mother to breast cancer when I was just seven I am passionate about doing this. I absolutely love cycling and I can’t wait to take this challenge on. As women we have a responsibility to watch out for each other. Not shying away from cancer and giving people as much help and information as we can is all a big part of that. This event is spectacular and a massive feat for all involved. I can’t wait to get my wheels spinning.”
Women of all ages and all cycling abilities from across the UK are invited to join the adventure from 29 October – 7 November 2011. Lots of cycle training advice will be provided by event organisers Action for Charity and there will be a pre-event training weekend for everyone taking part which will be a great opportunity to assess personal fitness levels as well as to meet fellow cyclists.
The group will cycle around 400kms over five days – both on and off road – experiencing Africa away from the usual tourist trails through savannah plains, wildlife game parks, tropical rainforests and traditional villages. It will be a journey full of fun, friendship and incredible support as women of all ages and from all walks of life challenge themselves for a great cause. The event finishes with a visit to an elephant orphanage near Nairobi.
Women V Cancer has been created by experienced event managers Action for Charity, whose director Ann Frampton believes that many women who have been affected by either breast, ovarian or cervical cancer, or who have a family member or friend who has, will want to join the challenge.
“This will truly be an adventure of a lifetime for every woman who takes part as well as a chance to do something really positive in the fight against cancer,” said Ann.
“Women V Cancer is a new and very special event. We know we will have a fantastic team of women and we want to invite as many women as possible to join us. We will help everyone to achieve their own personal challenge and support them from start to finish.”
To take part in Women V Cancer women need to pay a registration fee and pledge to raise minimum sponsorship funds of £2,800. For further information and to register online go to: www.actionforcharity.co.uk or telephone Action for Charity on 0845 408 2698.