Former England, Wolves and Crystal Palace footballer and Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas has laid down the gauntlet to the CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Paul Faulkner ahead of the Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race on Saturday June 24th.
Geoff, who took part last year in Cure Leukaemia’s boat of Dads, has set his stall out to not only defeat the Chamber’s boat but also take home the overall trophy this year. The challenge has well and truly been laid down between Geoff and Paul after the former midfielder sent this video message to Cure Leukaemia’s Trustee:
There are just two boats available for this year’s event, which is once again sponsored by Deutsche Bank, as teams are signing up in advance to kick-start their fundraising well ahead of the day itself. A record-breaking fundraising target of £100,000 is the aim of all taking part in the event with funds going directly towards Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Centre Appeal. Other teams signed up include NEC Group, Homeserve, Genting International Casino and Harvey Nash.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce CEO Paul Faulkner has given his response to Geoff:
Progress of the fundraising will be visible for all to see via a dedicated JustGiving page which will not only show a grand total but also a league table for the teams taking part to encourage that competitive spirit ahead of the day.
Geoff said: “In 2016 I raced in the Cure Leukaemia boat with my whole family and it was one of the best fundraising events I’ve ever been involved in and one I would definitely recommend to businesses and friends alike.
As a former footballer you never lose that competitive edge and there have been a few tweets from Paul that have certainly made me determined to make sure my team is ready for June 24th!”
“It’s all light-hearted of course and the day is raising vital funds for a fantastic cause. As a former patient at the world-class Centre for Clinical Haematology I know, first-hand, the amazing and life-saving work that goes on there led by Professor Charlie Craddock CBE.
I am alive today thanks to the Centre and the £1million Appeal to fund its expansion will double the amount of blood cancer patients that can be offered access to world-leading treatments, that are otherwise not available through standard care.”
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017