The countdown is on for one of the biggest fundraising events Derry has ever seen as the Slide On Cancer event was launched last week.
On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September, thousands of people will descend onto the city’s iconic Shipquay Street, one of the steepest streets in Europe, for the chance to slide down a huge water slide and help raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Since first announced a few weeks ago, there has been huge anticipation for this unique event, with over 5,000 people flocking to the Slide On Facebook page, eager to find out more.
Amongst the thousands of people who are already lending their support are Sharon O’Connor, Town Clerk and Chief Executive of Derry City Council who attended the launch alongside the Deputy Mayor, Gary Middleton and Minister for the Environment, Mark H Durkan.
Ms O’Connor said she was delighted to support the Big Slide On event launch, “It is great to see organisations in the city working collectively to organise high profile and fun events that will not only showcase the city but help raise cancer awareness and fundraising.
“Slide On is going to be another hugely popular event for the city and a great family occasion for everyone to enjoy and Derry City Council is keen to provide as much support as possible to make it a success,” she said.
Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson has endorsed the Slide On event planned for the city in September in aid of Cancer Research UK saying it was a major coup for the city.
“Derry City Council is delighted to be associated with his event. It promises to be a hugely popular and fun family occasion that will not only raise much needed funds for Cancer Research UK but help raise awareness of cancer and the work being done to find cures and medicines to support and help victims and their families. I am delighted to be associated with it and to promote it in any way I can.”
Sharon Arbuckle, Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK added, “We are hugely excited to be bringing this unique fundraising event to the city and we are encouraged with the unprecedented public response we’ve had so far.
“We’ve also had tremendous support from the local traders in the Shipquay Street area and Derry City Council who are looking forward to what will undoubtedly be a fun and memorable event for everyone to enjoy.
“We are massively indebted to our sponsors McCambridge Duffy, Dominos Pizza and the Derry Journal whose generosity in funding this event has made it possible for all monies raised to be donated to research.”
“Every hour, someone in Northern Ireland is diagnosed with cancer, but there is good news. Research funded by Cancer Research UK is helping more people to survive than ever before. It’s now time to tell cancer to ‘Slide On’. The charity receives no government funding for our research so we rely on the generous support of the public. Everyone who participates in this event will be helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. This includes research done locally here in Altnagelvin and elsewhere in Northern Ireland.”
The event is open to anyone over the age of 16 (pregnant women are also not permitted) and anyone wishing to take part should register for £10 at cruk.org/slideoncancer and set to raise a minimum target of £100. You can also visit the Cancer Research UK information booth which will be positioned in the Richmond Centre Level 3 every Saturday from Saturday 2nd August from 11am-4pm to register.
Alternatively, potential sliders can enter a text competition which is being run by the ‘Derry Journal’.
For more information, visit the Slide On Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cancerslideon.