With money raised for Macmillan from the 2010 event fast approaching the £100k target, the organisers and entrants are now looking forward to next year’s event which will take place over the first weekend in March 2011. Entries for it will open in mid-April 2010. Being the 10th anniversary of the event as well as the 100th anniversary of Macmillan, Clerk of Course, Selwyn Kendrick has promised a very special event. There's also a very special guest co-driver lined up for next year's event, Marisa Wayne will be flying over from California to compete in 'Team Duke', one of the Beds, Herts and Cambs LRC teams, in honour of her father, the legendary Hollywood icon John Wayne, who's own battle with 'The Big C' is almost as legendary, and led to the formation of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Marisa enters the event as an ambassador for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, in acknowledgement of the two charities' respective roles in cancer related support and research. John Wayne survived lung cancer in 1964, but died 15 years later after a battle with cancer of the stomach. During this difficult period, he became passionate about helping others fight this terrible disease. To honour his memory, his family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in 1985 to bring 'courage, strength and grit' to the fight against cancer.
Since its founding the John Wayne Cancer Foundation has supported awareness programs, education programs and support groups, and is aligned with like-minded groups and non-profit organisations that advance the fight against cancer. John Wayne Cancer Foundation has also been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI). Previous celebrity supporters of the ‘Mac 4x4’ include Charlie Webster, Julia Bradbury, Lynn Bowles, Sunita Shroff and Charlie Dimmock.
The 'Mac 4x4 is a challenge for 4x4 enthusiasts. It aims at testing navigational, orienteering and observation skills and endurance by day and night with on and off-road sections. A team consists of two people and it is strongly recommended that both are competent, licensed and insured to drive the vehicle during the event. It is intended to be a testing long weekend of fun covering between 400 and 1000 miles with various tests en route. You don't need a specialised vehicle to take part - any sensibly equipped 4x4 should be up to the event. Initially teams know only where they are starting from, the route being revealed with the issue of road books as the event unfolds until the finish. Night stops mean sleeping in the vehicle or a tent.
Teams are asked to commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Competitors are responsible for their own fuel and sustenance en route. The costs of organising the event is borne by the entry fee which includes a 'suit or frock' Award Dinner and hotel accommodation, based on a twin room per team, on the final night. The event has developed a contagious spirit and camaraderie and, although it is seriously competitive, the main aim is to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Since the first run in 2002 the average amount raised per team has been over £1,000 and the 2009 event has taken the total raised so far over £500,000.
To sponsor Marisa Wayne's team please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Mac4x4TeamDuke or
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For more information on Macmillan Cancer Support visit www.macmillan.org.uk or
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For more information on the John Wayne Cancer Foundation visit www.jwcf.org or
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For more information on the John Wayne Cancer Institute visit www.jwci.org or
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For more information about BHCLRC visit www.bhclrc.co.uk or
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