The organisers of the ‘Slide On’ event have said that they have been inundated with requests for information about the upcoming waterslide fundraiser taking place on September 6th and 7th in the city, which is being held in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Since last week, after the ‘Journal’ announced our media partnership with the charity, the organisers have secured corporate sponsorship from local companies Budget Energy and McCambridge Duffy, ensuring that funds are in place to make the event a reality.
Since the event became public, over 5000 people have ‘liked’ the event on Slide On’s Facebook page, and over 11,000 people have clicked on the Derry Journal’s own online story.
Comments and messages have been flooding in from across Northern Ireland, with many people from outside the city expected to apply for tickets to take part.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ Sharon Arbuckle, local fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “We have been blown away by the support we have received to date, not just from our sponsors but from ordinary people who can’t wait to take the slide of a lifetime down Shipquay Street in the heart of the city.
“Support from local traders in the area, as well as the council has been tremendous, and we could not do what we are trying to do without their support,
“The event will also be a huge boost to the city, bringing lots of people into the heart of the city and focusing the eyes of the media on Derry for this very special weekend.
“The event typifies the spirit of the city now, and will show the ‘can-do’ attitude that has formed in recent years.”
She continued, “But while this is a really fun event, it is important to remember why we are holding the event. We are taking the fight to cancer, and telling cancer to ‘Slide On.’
“Survival rates have doubled, and the money we raise from this event will go a long way to help us continue that fight.
“Preparations are underway, and we would like inform all those who have been in touch that details of how to get involved will be announced very shortly. The best way to keep up to date with what’s happening is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and of course in the Derry Journal,” said Ms Arbuckle.
You can follow ‘Slide On’ on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cancerslideon, or on Twitter @slideoncancer