With large-scale events cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 alternative ways of supporting your favourite charity are now available.
One of the areas hit hardest for DRWF since the lockdown was introduced to keep people as safe as possible from Covid-19 has been the cancellation or postponement of our planned events throughout the year.
Our dedicated fundraising team work hard all year round to support volunteers who wish to support the charity to take part in their chosen activities to raise vital funds for the charity.
The latest event postponement was the Cardiff Half Marathon scheduled to take place in October.
However, an alternative has been suggested – that fundraising runners could still complete the 13.1 mile distance in a virtual event and continue to support the work of DRWF.
A statement from Cardiff Half Marathon organisers said: “We have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as the guidance issued by the Government and sadly, it is now clear, it will not be possible to stage large-scale events in Wales during the autumn.
“We expect the Welsh Government to make further announcements in the coming months on a gradual return to a full sporting calendar and, although lockdown restrictions have recently been eased, we understand there is no possibility of 27,500 participants and 100,000 spectators gathering safely in Cardiff on 4th October 2020.
“We have no choice but to postpone this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon and reschedule the event on 28th March 2021.”
Run organisers said anyone planning to take part in the event could swap their Cardiff Half Marathon entries to virtual runner spaces.
“Operating within prevailing government guidelines on exercise, runners can set themselves the challenge of running a half marathon in March 2021. This offer helps cater for those runners who would be reluctant to attend a mass event, even if lockdown restrictions allow it, but want to participate in a national fundraising challenge.”
DRWF is looking for any runners who may be interested to take part in the March 2021 event and raise funds for the charity.
Fundraisers will still earn a finishers’ medal and t-shirt, if they are able to provide evidence they have covered the race distance (using a GPS tracker device, or a picture of gym equipment).
For virtual participation in the March 2021 Cardiff Half, the deadline for registrations will be 31st January 2021.
If you would like to discuss booking a place for this event contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9263 6138
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Fundraising for DRWF during lockdown
During lockdown many events that had been scheduled for this year that DRWF usually has fundraising supporters involved in have been cancelled as a result of social distancing measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever we are relying on supporters to come up with novel fundraising ideas to support charity operations.
For example, we recently reported on the challenge set by the Rivinus family, who set a 26,000 steps challenge at their home in support of DRWF.
Karen Scott, Community Fundraiser at DRWF, said: “We are still supporting our research projects during the COVID-19 health crisis. DRWF does not receive any government funding and relies on voluntary donations to enable us to continue to support people living with diabetes and those who care for them.
“We also invest heavily into research, some of which is ongoing. In our last audited year, we invested 93p of every pound spent into our charity aims and objectives.”
If you have a fundraising idea and would like to support DRWF we would love to hear from you. Contact us to discuss any ideas by emailing email@example.com or call 023 9263 6138
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DRWF operations during the Covid-19 health crisis
The DRWF team is now working remotely. Covid-19 guidance, particularly where it aligns or impacts with diabetes guidance, is shared as quickly as possible through the DRWF website and social media channels with the aim of making it as easy to understand as possible and a reliable source of latest news.