At the 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Club decided to introduce a club charity which members could support via their triathlon activities. In 2018, Macmillan Cancer Support was chosen and in 2019 and 2020, we supported Mind, the mental health charity, details of both below.
2020 has been a difficult year, as we all know! Opportunities for club members to get sponsorship for entering events has been minimal. However, through virtual challenges, we raised £948.48, a remarkable sum. Over £500 came in for sponsoring Andy Male’s great achievement of cycling up Everest and a virtual duathlon raised £50. Several members also donated to friend of the club, Ali Hollest’s, amazing Snowdon 6 ways challenge which raised nearly £22,000 for Oxfordshire MIND.
In 2021, we was decided to change our charity to the Air Ambulance. Air Ambulances UK is the national organisation representing, supporting and advocating the lifesaving work of the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector. This charity was very close to the heart of Simon Chesher (pictured), a member who sadly died in a bike accident in 2020.
The same constraints are with us in 2021 as in last year. To kick off the year, we have instigated TED January, Triathlon Every Day, aiming to log the distances involved in doing an Iron Man. The swimming leg was a bit of a challenge, so we allowed strength and conditioning workouts to contribute to this section. So far we have raised over £100. We hope to follow this up with further challenges and, just perhaps, some real events may happen too, to allow us to raise sponsorship funds further.
If you would like to raise money for the Air Ambulance, please do so using the club's Just Giving page, and don't forget to let us know too.
Previous AVTC support
A number of activities have taken place throughout 2020 to raise money and also to encourage physical activity as a valuable way of contributing to mental health including via REDJanuary, a community initiative in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind. This initiative encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every day during this characteristically tough month. The Club supported REDJanuary by opening up some of our training sessions to non-club members throughout the month, and also raised £185 as a result of members taking part in the REDJanuary challenge - to exercise every day.
Macmillan Cancer Support
At the 2017 AGM, the Club decided to introduce a club charity so that members could support a charity through their triathlon activities. Macmillan Cancer Support was chosen as it was a charity that club member Lorraine Keelan had chosen to support during her cancer treatment. Sadly Lorraine passed away at the beginning of this year. The Club had already lost Ailsa Sparkes to cancer and it has been with great pride that we can remember our members through raising money for their chosen charity.
During the past year, club members have organised and taken part in five events: Macmillan Cheltenham All Out Swim (2km and 5km swims), an archery afternoon with Lorraine, club members and friends, the London Landmarks Half Marathon, the London Marathon and the Club Charity Run at Berinsfield. A total of £4,705 has been raised and is an amazing start to the club’s charity work.