Many famous faces were at the launch, which featured a fantastic
live set from Soul Diva Mica Paris and a stunning dance exhibition
by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Stars Ian Waite and Camilla
The main purpose of the evening was to announce that
registration is now open at http://www.godadrun.co.uk/ for men
and boys aged 14 and over to sign up for the inaugural Go Dad Run
5K in Anglesey on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16.
Go Dad Run aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues and
generate funds for their official charity partner, Prostate Cancer
One lucky attendee also won a bespoke dress to be designed and
made by Big Fat Gypsy Wedding icon Thelma Madine in the prize draw
and many others posed for photos with Go Dad Run’s eye catching and
specially designed yellow underpants which will be worn by all
runners over the age of 18.
Colin Jackson was delighted with the success of the Saturday
night launch dinner.
“It was an amazing event this evening and a wonderful way to
launch Go Dad Run. I want to thank everyone who came along to
support us, especially Mica, Ian and Camilla and the other acts who
gave such great performances and Thelma for donating a dress as
well as all the local people and businesses who bought tickets and
pledged to sign up for the race.
Now we hope that thousands of dads, sons, grandads, grandsons,
uncles, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbours will go to our
website at http://www.godadrun.co.uk/ sign up,
get sponsored, pull on their yellow underpants and take part in the
5K run on Father’s Day!”
Mica Paris took time out from recording her new album with Rod
Temperton, the writer of such classic tracks as 'Thriller', 'Off
The Wall' and 'Sweet Freedom', to travel to Wales to perform.
“Colin has been a great friend of mine for more than 20 years
and as two of my family are currently battling prostate cancer I
was very keen to come and support the launch of Go Dad Run. It was
a terrific event and audience and I hope that all my friends in
Wales will sign up to take part on Father’s Day.”
Go Dad Run’s official charity partner is Prostate Cancer UK
because this is a cause that is very close to Colin’s heart.
“Throughout my long hurdling career it became second nature for
me to listen to my body and regularly check it for illness or break
down but we know that the vast majority of men fail to do this.
Sometimes this is due to embarrassment, often because of a lack of
knowledge or even a curious macho attitude that resists going to
see a doctor!
But more than 40,000 a men each year in the UK are diagnosed
with prostate cancer, 10,000 die from it and African-Caribbean men
are three times* more likely to develop it. I have been personally
affected by the traumas associated with prostate cancer as two of
my uncles were diagnosed with it and one sadly passed away so I was
driven to do something that can help.”
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK
“We are delighted to be involved with Go Dad Run and working so
closely with Colin to raise awareness of the most common cancer in
men in the UK – prostate cancer.
“The 5k run is a great opportunity for men to do something a bit
different this Father’s Day and I’d really encourage as many to
sign up as possible. By joining forces with other men, you’ll not
only be spreading the word about the disease, but you’ll also be
able to raise vital funds to help more men survive prostate cancer
and enjoy a better quality of life.”
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