New charity for Round the Island

Kit Hobday and the 'Ignorance Isn't Bliss' swap DVDs for donations

Monday March 7th 2005, Author: Flavia Bateson, Location: United Kingdom
The JPMorgan Fleming Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, regularly attracts over 1,600 entries, making it the third most popular, annual, participative, sporting event in the country. As such it is an ideal platform for charity fundraising.

This year the Island Sailing Club has chosen a medical cause as the official event charity - Prostate Research Campaign UK and in particular the 'Ignorance Isn't Bliss' awareness scheme. Peter Dickson, Commodore of the Island Sailing Club commented: "The Club learned about the charity through a keen yacht racer and ISC member, Kit Hobday, a prostate cancer sufferer himself. 'Ignorance Isn't Bliss' was set up by Kit and his wife Susie, who have organised several fundraising events, including the very popular match racing off Cowes Green during Skandia Cowes Week. We feel this is a very worthwhile cause and perhaps one that is not so widely recognised as others. We look forward to adding our support in 2005 through the highspot on our racing calendar - the JPMorgan Fleming Round the Island Race."

Competitors donating £20 of more to 'Ignorance Isn't Bliss' on their 2005 entry form will receive a newly produced DVD detailing navigational hazards around the Isle of Wight, with aerial photography taken at low water.

The Island Sailing Club's official charity for the 2004 event was the Jubilee Sailing Trust and in the same year, a group of MPs raced with a crew of disabled sailors to benefit the British Paralympic Team by over £25,000. Many competitors supported local and national charities from Save the Children to the Naomi House Hospice in Hampshire. These included Race Partner Lombard Marine Finance whose mainly novice race crew from their Southampton office organised a sponsored sail, also in aid of the JST. Having enjoyed the race so much, they'll certainly be back again in 2005.

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