‘Journal’ announced as ‘Slide On’ charity fundraiser’s media partner

The Slide On charity event will take place on Shipquay Street - with thousands expected to turn out to take part.
The Slide On charity event will take place on Shipquay Street - with thousands expected to turn out to take part.

The ‘Journal’ are delighted to be announced as the official media partners for the ‘Slide On’ charity event.

The fundraiser will see people taking to a huge inflatable slide down Shipquay Street, in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The ‘Journal’ Group Editor William Allen said, “This will be a huge event in Derry and we are delighted to be the official media partners.

“We have been forging a brilliant relationship with Cancer Research UK through our ‘Cancer Survival Series’ which has featured local people, including Mickey Bradley from the Undertones and Eve Blair from Radio Foyle, every Friday for the last two months.

“It has resonated with our readers and the event’s message to ‘tell cancer to ‘Slide On’ is very much in keeping with the positive message it has been fostering.”

Also coming onboard as official corporate sponsors are Budget Energy and McCambridge Duffy.

They will be helping with various costs, including the manufacturing of the custom-made slide which will run the entire length of Shipquay Street with a water buffer at the bottom to “slow you down!”

The event is expected to go ‘live’ in the coming days - and the ‘Journal’ will have all the details as they become available - but so far we can reveal that people who raise in excess of £100 for the charity will be GUARANTEED a go on the super-sized slide.

Others wishing to take part should be able to take part in a ballot, for as little as a few pounds a go, from which a lucky number will get the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slide down Derry’s steepest shopping street.

Local Fundraising Manager Sharon Arbuckle, who is the brainchild behind the event said, “We are delighted to have Budget Energy, McCambridge Duffy and the Derry Journal onboard.

“The event has already attracted a huge amount of attention from Derry and beyond, despite us not going ‘live’ for a while yet.

“Cancer Research UK are over the moon that so many people are taking an interest, and we are hoping to have a huge turnout when the event takes place on 6th and 7th September.

“Once the finer details have been decided we will let everyone know how they can get involved.

“Of course, behind the fun element of the event our message is also a serious one.

“Cancer survival has doubled but the more money we raise the the more research we can do so that we can eventually tell cancer to ‘Slide On’.”

Keep posted to the Derry Journal for more information as the event goes live.

You can also keep up to date via the charity’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/cancerslideon and Twitter @SlideOnCancer