Welsh sporting legend Colin Jackson tonight launched his own brand new men’s health project, Go Dad Run, at a star studded gala dinner in Anglesey, North Wales.
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 Dallerup.
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 UK.
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 said:
“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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