1 July 2009
Dave Bowman and kids
Dundee United legend Dave Bowman is urging Dundonians to help a cancer charity raise a massive £400,000.
The former footballer is encouraging schools and youth groups to swap their traditional sports day for Macmillan Cancer Support’s new event, the Big Sports Day.
Dave is also urging businesses to let employees embrace their inner child for the day and hold a Big Sports Day of their own.
The former Scotland internationalist, said:
'The majority of people in Dundee have been affected by cancer, whether they have been diagnosed with it themselves or know someone who has been.
'A lot of people rely on the vital cancer services Macmillan offers and it’s important we remember that the charity needs people like us to raise the money it needs to continue its work.
'The Big Sports Day is a really fun and easy event to take part in, especially as most schools will be having a sports day anyway.
'I would also encourage businesses to hold a Big Sports Day of their own. It’s a really easy and enjoyable way to raise money for a fantastic charity.'
All of the money raised from the Big Sports Day will help Macmillan support people affected by cancer. The charity provides a huge range of vital services, from specialist nurses and doctors, to advice and support to people who have financial problems because of their illness.
Macmillan’s area fundraising manager for the East of Scotland Shirley Millar, said:
'School sports days are always great fun and everyone who takes part in the Big Sports Day will have an even better time knowing that they are raising money to help people affected by cancer.
'We really hope lots of businesses hold Big Sports Days as well. I’m sure employees across Dundee will love the chance to return to childhood for an afternoon – especially as every penny raised will help fund vital cancer services.'
Macmillan has produced a teaching pack for schools that can be used around the time of the sports day, called 'Keep healthy, be active’ that highlights the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to young people.
The charity has also produced information about cancer for young people, along with lesson plans on the issue. All of this information can be ordered by calling 0845 601 1716 or can be downloaded from www.cancertalk.org.uk.
To find out more about the The Big Sports Day register at www.macmillan.org.uk/bigsportsday or call 0845 601 1716.