Windsurfing4CancerResearch (W4CR)’s major annual fun and fundraising event Sunrise Sunset 2011 is just over a week away! On Sunday May 1st, 45 venues all around the UK and 5 internationally are taking part – the locations can be found on W4CR’s homepage www.w4cr.org.
Why all this activity? – it’s all because in late 2008 an enthusiastic windsurfer called David Tuttlebee, diagnosed with a return of cancer, courageously decided to increase awareness about cancer and to raise funds for worthy causes. David’s drive led to setting up the W4CR charity whose first task was organising SunriseSunset 2009.
The event was a great success, participating windsurfers had a great day and £25,000 was raised. SunriseSunset 2010 was even better with many more venues and entrants, and £60,000 raised. Much of this success stemmed from David’s leadership and inspiration.
David’s cancer spread further, his condition deteriorated and sadly, he passed away last September. But not before he had laid plans for the 2011 SunriseSunset event, for which he conjured the slogan “more than just a day at the beach".
So as we approach SunriseSunset 2011 on May 1st, everyone involved is proud to remember David and his drive and inspiration for W4CR. Those that never knew him can read David’s blog on the W4CR website where he describes the ups and downs of living with cancer.
David will also be remembered through the annual award of the David Tuttlebee memorial trophy to the best contributing T15 Club (young windsurfers) at the event and a memorial plaque recently unveiled at Cancer Research UK’s labs in London.
Sunrise Sunset will, as always will be a great day out for everyone, with venues organising fun events and challenges. But the main aim is fundraising, which allows the charity to make valuable contributions to worthy cancer causes.
Entry is free, and entrants can purchase an Event Pack including t-shirt, wristband and stickers for only £15. Visit www.w4cr.org to enter, download sponsorship forms, setup an online donation page, order clothing and find out more about the good causes W4CR supports.
Those exceeding £150 in fundraising will gain entry into a prize draw for a brand new Neil Pryde RS One board and rig package worth over £2,500, generously donated to the charity by Neil Pryde himself.
And David set us all a challenge – to have “1000 on the water at noon" – so wherever you are on May 1st, be part of meeting his challenge and achieving a first for windsurfing.
So enter now and be part of a fantastic event in aid of a worthy cause – fighting the battle against cancer just as David Tuttlebee wanted us to do.
Windsurfing4Cancer Research (W4CR) is a registered charity no. 1128492
For more information, visit www.W4CR.org