Cancer Research seem to be spending lots of money advertising their Race For life for 2009. It has always interested me as to the reasons why men are excluded for taking part.
First of all I thought well it could be just for breast cancer. But evenif it was, men can also get breast cancer, and even if they don’t they will know of someone who has suffered which would give them the incentive to take part.Â
But it isn’t just for Breast Cancer, so I got in touch to see why 50% of the population are activeyly excluded from taking part in such a worthy event.
Their press office responded as follows:-
To answer your question please let me clarify that although it is a women-only event, Race for Life does not raise money solely for research into breast cancer.Â As Cancer Research UKâ€™s biggest fundraising initiative, every pound secured through Race for Life participant fundraising goes directly towards funding our team of over 4,250 doctors, nurses and scientists across the UK and our collective vision to beat all types of cancer.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life series is only for women because that is what our participants tell us they want.Â It is one of our most successful initiatives because it is a unique opportunity for all women, of every age, shape and size, to come together to simply walk, jog or run 5k and raise money in a non-competitive and celebratory environment.
However, Race for Life does have many male supporters who volunteer by helping as organisers on the day, cheering on those participating and sponsoring the women in their life to take part.
Now it isn’t a big thing….. but saying that’s what your participants want is like saying thatthe Carlton Club remained a male preserve for so lon, because that’s what the male members wanted. You haven’t bothered to see whether men would like to take part?
And well, if I want to get involved I can cheer someone on? OK yes I coudl – but perhaps I would like to take an eactive part in doing something good, rather than sit on my backside doing nothing. Shouldn’t a charity encourage that?
I hope Race for Life is a great success and it undoubtedly will be, but it could be even bigger if men were allowed to take part.Â Â
As for me, I will be doing the London Marathon for St John Ambulance who accept men women or indeed anyone over the age of 18.
And I take donations from either sex!