Dame Ellen MacArthur is calling on Round the Island Race sailors to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer while celebrating the race’s 90th anniversary by racing to raise ‘90 in 90’ as her charity prepares to set sail again in 2021.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is once again the official charity of this year’s Round the Island Race and you can help change hundreds of young lives by fundraising for the Trust through taking part in the race.
Young people are set to be back on the water with the Trust this year after COVID saw all their 2020 sailing and outdoor activities cancelled. And to celebrate this – and the race’s 90th anniversary – the Trust is inviting entrants to raise at least £90 – either individually or as boats – by encouraging family and friends to sponsor you in this year’s race.
Since becoming the official Round the Island Race charity in 2005, an incredible £299,266 has been raised for the Trust, making a huge difference to hundreds of young lives. Now, by going to www.justgiving.com/campaign/RoundTheIsland2021 and setting up your fundraising page or donating you will get the charity past the magic £300,000 milestone!
Dame Ellen said:
“Round the Island Race have been incredible Trust supporters over the past 16 years and I have so many great memories from the race and the crews of young people who have sailed with us in it over the years.
“My favourite recollection was finishing the race after quite a windy one. We all met up on the dock after finishing, and everyone was absolutely stoked. It was a really special feeling to have all shared something, which at that time felt truly monumental.”
Young people need support more than ever as COVID has massively amplified the isolation, loneliness and anxiety they have experienced. That is why the Trust is so excited to be looking ahead to a summer of supporting them in-person again, on regional Taste of the Trust sailing and outdoor activity days and 5-day cruising and residential trips.
Round the Island Race on 3rd July, run by the Island Sailing Club, will kick-start the Trust’s 2021 season, marking the first time the charity has sailed since September 2019. The race will be a ‘test event’ for all the extra COVID safety measures the Trust will employ on this summer’s trips.