REGISTRATIONS for GOSH Charity’s much-loved RBC Race for the Kids opened this week, and the charity hopes that more people than ever will join this year’s fun run to raise vital funds for seriously ill children cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Taking place over a weekend of celebration on 16 and 17 October, the virtual event will see people of all ages and abilities take to their local park or pavement by foot, wheelchair or scooter to complete their own ‘race’. (Participants can choose from distances of 1km, 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km).
For the 12th year, GOSH Charity will host the UK’s race as part of RBC Global Race for the Kids, a global series of 17 running events in support of 35 children and youth charities in 19 countries. To date, the series has seen over 290,000 participants who have collectively raised more than CD$65million. Those taking part in the UK can sign up to raise money for GOSH Charity.
Encouraged by the success of the first virtual RBC Race for the Kids event in 2020, GOSH Charity is confident that this October’s race will once again see hundreds of thousands of pounds raised to help support the hospital’s most urgent needs after what has been a challenging year and a half for the hospital and charity sector.
With participants able to take part from their own doorsteps once more, this year’s race offers a level of accessibility not seen in in-person events. People from all over the world, whatever their ability, can be part of the action without needing to travel to one central location in their local city. And for the first time, racers can track their progress via a brand-new app, which will connect participants from all over the world. The app will feature a news feed, leaderboards and team pages, alongside fun photo filters for sharing on social media, audio cues to help cheer on racers and good luck messages from some famous faces.
The money raised will go towards funding the hospital’s most urgent needs, including research into pioneering new treatments, cutting-edge medical equipment, support services for children and their families, such as parent accommodation and the hospital’s Play team, and the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.
Louise Parkes, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity, said:
“Every year, RBC Race for the Kids offers a fantastic opportunity for GOSH families and supporters to come together for a fun-filled weekend and raise vital funds for seriously ill children who are treated at GOSH.
“While we look forward to hosting events in person once again when the time is right, we’re delighted that going virtual has made our events more accessible by allowing people everywhere, of all abilities, to take part from their doorstep. I encourage our incredible supporters to sign up and raise as much as they can to help make a real difference to the lives of children in the UK and beyond.”
Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Europe, said:
“Royal Bank of Canada is incredibly excited to welcome communities from around the world to this year’s global, virtual RBC Race for the Kids supporting 35 youth charities. We have partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for our London Race since 2010 and are incredibly proud to work with GOSH Charity and the amazing doctors, nurses and support teams at the hospital who provide such vital care for some of the UK’s most critically ill children and their families. We encourage everyone to sign up and raise as much as you can to support GOSH Charity, and we look forward to gathering together virtually in October.”
Participants will be able to sign up for free at rbcraceforthekids.com, select their city and associated charity and choose their preferred race distance to complete during the weekend of 16 and 17 October. The official RBC Race for the Kids app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play, but the race will also have support and integration with most running apps. All participants will receive digital medals and rewards.
Over the last 11 years, RBC Race for the Kids has raised over £8million for GOSH Charity, making a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families from across the UK.
For more information and to sign up to take part, please visit: rbcraceforthekids.com/event/gosh.