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Facebook Fans racing for Great Ormond Street Hospital

1 Apr

I’m really thrilled to be writing my first blog post as Team Captain for the RBC Race for Kids Facebook Team.  Being a fan of the fantastic work done by Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity team, as well as a Facebook Fan, I just couldn’t resist getting involved.

Every year, Great Ormond Street Hospital needs to raise over £50m to help replace cramped wards with new modern facilities, provide important equipment and fund essential research to find treatments and cures for complex and difficult illnesses. And, every year, hundreds of people take part in a whole variety of challenge events to raise that vital funding for such a precious cause.

A while ago, I decided I wanted to offer up more of my time to support important causes. 

Over the past two years, I’ve volunteered at a rough sleepers’ temporary shelter providing essential housing, food, warmth and company over the Christmas period. 

I’ve volunteered as a regional co-ordinator for Global Twestival – a twitter festival raising over $400,000 for education programmes for children in the poorest countries. 

And last year, captained a team for the Great Ormond Street Hospital trek along Hadrian’s Wall, raising over £10,000.

Twestival was a huge eye-opener for me in how they rallied support across hundreds of cities around the world simply by using the social networking site Twitter  – “using social media for social good”  

So, in applying that same principle with Facebook, let’s rally some support to raise funds and awareness for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
First up, I’m looking for team members. All we need is for you to be a Facebook fan, up for raising some funds (every penny counts) and available to run, walk or even crawl 5k in London’s Battersea Park on Sunday 6th June 2010. You can find out more information on the run, the route and the cause here