Kate Williams faced tough competition and extreme heat as she participated in the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Mexico earlier this month - and raised money for Cecily's Fund as she did so.
Cecily's Fund is fortunate to have a number of our supporters complete sponsored events each year - but Kate's efforts have really captured our imagination. She travelled all the way to Cozumel, Mexico to take on other triathletes of her age as part of the British team.
Kate (pictured above before the event and after, with her competitor's medal) was disappointed with her time in the event and had some struggles with the heat and freak waves but looks back on her trip to Mexico fondly:
"I encountered (along with many others in my 'wave') a freak current which almost stopped us; several people even slower than me were collected by boat and (unfairly in my book) disqualified for a slow time. But the long swim took it out of me and after a reasonable bike leg, I started to suffer from heat exhaustion (you will have seen in the news that this happens even to the very best!) and managed to stagger over the line, only to be hit by dizziness, failing vision and flashing lights in the eyes! It was SO hot and SO humid. I was putting ice down my front and back and on my head and still could not bring my pulse rate down.
However, altogether it was the most amazing experience."
So far Kate has raised well over £750, a great total which will make a real difference in Zambia. If you're as inspired by her heroic efforts in Mexico as much as we are, please think about sponsoring her via her JustGiving page.
Back in our Summer Newsletter, we described this month as a "Super September" in terms of fundraising for Cecily's Fund by our supporters - and that's what it is turning out to be!
On Saturday 24 September, Super September will see its culmination when two Cecily's Fund supporters - including Cecily's sister Verity - take on the first-ever Swim Serpentine in central London. You can read lots more about their amazing efforts in our news story.
Basil Gets the Wheels Turning With "Ride and Stride" [Donate]
This very special month of fundraising began with the efforts of our co-founder Basil Eastwood (pictured, left). On September 10, he took part in the 2016 edition of "Ride and Stride", cycling between 20 Oxfordshire churches. Basil's efforts raised money partly for Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT - of which Basil is chair) and partly for Cecily's Fund. He has raised an amazing £1,200 so far - of which half will go to Cecily's Fund.
Marc Hits the Road, London to Brighton [Donate]
Just a day after Basil's cycle, another one took place. On September 11, supporter Marc Monsarrat (pictured, right) rode the popular and challenging route from London to Brighton, once again raising money for Cecily's Fund. At the completion of his journey Marc was met by his family, including his wife Veronica - a Cecily's Fund trustee, Cecily's cousin, and our first-ever employee. To date, Marc has raised over £1,000. "I did it!", Marc said of the day. " A lovely day of brilliant sunshine, only one puncture, a fun pit-stop lunch with Veronica and Eva, and a restorative burger on Brighton beach in front of a glorious sunset.”
Kate Takes on the World in Mexico [Donate]
Maybe the most exciting of all the fundraising events in September is that of Kate Williams, who we have been talking about for a few months now. Kate took part in the first-ever London Marathon back in 1981 but in the last few years has taken up a new hobby: triathlon. To her surprise, Kate qualified to take part in the ITU World Championships for her age group in Cozumel, Mexico. The event took place on September 15 and while Kate wasn't happy with her time, she said "thanks to everyone who sponsored me and gave to Cecily's Fund." So far, she's raised £750.
Thank you so much to all our amazing fundraisers! If you're inspired by what they have done this month, please consider sponsoring them and helping us make a terrific impact in Zambia. Even better, why not find out how you can take on an event of your own?