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MUG Riders Raise £15,000

MUG Riders Raise £15,000

Wednesday 24 October 2012

The Dominion Fund Management Male Uprising In Guernsey Mountain Bike Ride has been hailed a great success by both those responsible for its organisation and everyone who rode on the day.

Approximately 450 people got on their bikes for the coastal ride and so far we've raised around £15,000 from the event. Excellent photographs of all those who participated can be viewed and purchased online at http://mug.photoshelter.com/. Pictures cost only £2.00 and all proceeds go to MUG.

In the run up to the day, it was touch and go with some heavy rain making organiser Ian Brown nervous about a second cancellation. But on the day, the weather was kind to us and the puddles and the mud simply added to the fun and the enjoyment factor of the coastal bike experience.

We have a long list of thanks to make which is indicative of how our male cancer awareness campaign has resonated with so many people. Firstly, we must thank our event sponsors Dominion Fund Management Limited and in particular Tim Nelson, their CEO for supporting the bike ride and ensuring that every penny piece we raised went to our worthy cause. The whole Dominion team embraced this initiative and led by example as a fantastic Corporate Community Citizen. Particular mention should go to Helen Benham for her unbelievable energy in helping MUG make this event happen.

In addition, our sincere and profound thanks must also go to:

  • Clive Fenner/ Steve Powell and the team at Norman Piette Group for supplying free of charge all the timber to make the 11 obstacles that provided extra fun and fear to those who took part.
  • Bonsai and in particular Leigh Taylor and Richard Le Marquand for making the fantastic ramps and obstacles, again free of charge.
  • The States of Guernsey Environment Department, together with L'Ancresse Commons Council and various private landowners who permitted the use of their land for the benefit of the ride. The Douzaines of the Vale, St Sampsons and the Castel should also be highlighted for their accommodation and support.
  • Thank you to Commodore for the supplying of numerous pallets for the construction of our start ramp so ably built, not once but twice by the phenomenal Dave Baker and his team.
  • Ramp logistics and course set-up assistance by Nick Gregg from Fusion Engineering
  • The "angelic" team of Registration Ladies , our Time Keepers and Pink Ladies Hospitality members who handed out medals to all participants. And not forgetting the 9th Sea Scouts for their excellent marshalling at Sausmarez Park.
  • The St John Ambulance team, Special Constables, Traffic Police Officers and volunteers from the Velo Club who helped to ensure the riders' safety and wellbeing during the ride.
  • Our event insurers, Islands' Insurance for giving MUG peace of mind, free of charge and Sausmarez Park Tea Rooms for their hospitality and welcoming food and drink at the end of our ride. 

Together we can and will eventually beat cancer and change the mindset of the procrastinating Guernsey male to become a more confident, assertive and proactive individual. We want the men of Guernsey to do the right thing sooner, rather than later and seek immediate medical help and advice if any symptoms concern him and we want men to get checked regularly for prostate, bowel and testicular cancer. 

All that remains to be said is thanks to the continuing support of Dominion Fund Management the mountain bike will return in 2014, and don't forget to purchase a souvenir of the day here http://mug.photoshelter.com.