Do your bit to bring in the cash

A HOST of fun-filled activities have been organised to mark Macmillan's centenary year - and the charity is urging South Yorkshire folk to join in the celebrations with their own money-making event!

The Star has joined forces with the leading cancer charity to launch the Business Challenge campaign - aiming to get local companies to sign up and help raise 100,000 during their 100th year.

We are also calling on individuals across the region to show they care by setting up their own event or taking part in one of the charity's fundraisers that have been organised for the next 12 months.

April 9 marks the 100th day of their 100th year, so what better reason for a party? Macmillan is asking people to set up their own celebration - receiving a special party pack full of ideas to make sure it goes with a bang.

The charity is also on the hunt for local knitters to help with their Easter campaign - creating knitted chicks which can be filled with a chocolate treat and sold at outlets across the city. Knitters and those willing to sell the chicks are being urged to get in touch.

The following month - on May 4 - Ponds Forge will host the annual Macmillan Water Bombing Championships, with teams of four being invited to sign up to water bomb from the diving board in fancy dress - creating a big splash for people affected by cancer.

It costs 20 to enter and each team needs to raise a minimum of 376 per team - a sum which funds two days of Macmillan nursing care.

The Sheffield Half Marathon also takes place in May when runners are invited to sign up and help save lives as they pound the streets of Attercliffe. Last year more than 120 people donned the charity's green vest for the event and this year they want to get 150 supporters to go the distance for them on May 8.

Also taking place this month is the Centenary Coastal Walk on May 14, which runs for 21 miles from Whitby to Scarborough. Transport is provided from Scarborough back to Whitby, where participants can tuck into fish and chips!

Registration is 15, with walkers asked to raise a minimum of 100 in sponsorship.

On June 1 there will be a golf day at Silkstone Club in Barnsley - costing 200 for a team of four, including breakfast and a four-course dinner - as well as a series of runs organised by Doncaster Athletics Club, including the 10km around Sandall Beat Wood on June 15.

July 9 brings the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, when hikers are asked to climb Pen-y-Ghent, Wernside and Ingleborough taking in some of the Yorkshire Dale's finest scenery.

It costs 15 to registration, with people asked to raise at least 191 in sponsorship - enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for one day.

Later the same month - on July 13 - it time for the Doncaster Town Centre Run - the second of the local athletics' club runs, this time made up of a 5km race around the town and a 1km fun run - which people can take part in wearing fancy dress.

On September 4 it is the annual Ecclesfield Gala in Ecclesfield Park, featuring a host of entertainment, stalls, raffles and ridest.

And on September 30 it is the charity's biggest annual fundraiser - the World's Biggest Coffee Morning event, when people are invited to put the kettle on and help raise cash to support cancer sufferers across the region.

Steve Loane, area fundraising manager for Macmillan in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, said: "Our centenary is more than just a birthday - it's a chance to go the extra mile, involve more people, spread the word about our vital work and of course, raise lots of money for local people affected by cancer.

"We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to fund our work and receive no direct help from the government. We've got lots of events planned and our dedicated local fundraising team can support any fundraising you want to organise. We really need lots of people to get involved. So if your workplace or pub can help support the Business Challenge, or if you can fundraise or volunteer during our centenary, it would be brilliant to hear from you."

Anyone interested in signing up to any of the above events, or local firms who want to join in The Star Business Challenge, should contact Steve Loane by email to or call 01246 810301.

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