On Sunday the 25th June I participated in the Chiswick 10K Fun Run! I am not much of a runner but I did walk very briskly! I also had the great opportunity to say a few brief words before the event to thank all the participants and tell them where their hard earned fundraising goes.
I had a great time walking around Chiswick! It was fantastic to see the local community come out and run/walk against cancer. There were many stalls included CRUK science demos, face painting, a DJ from the local radio station, a burger van and more! The great volunteers and organisers put a massive effort into making the event fun and engaging!
While the weather wasn't sublime it was perfect for running/walking in! The volunteers along the route were great at giving some encouragement, water and much needed directions! I was even given a jelly baby along the route which made my day! After 6km I was dying for some sugar!
I love doing these volunteering events for CRUK, it gives me a lot of joy to be part of a team spreading such a positive message about beating cancer. And whether your event has 5 people or 5000 people, it can create so much awareness about cancer and about where money fundraised goes. I'm just glad to be a part of it! Even though I'm dying today after it!
Just as an update, I did a little interview with the Chiswick Buzz at the end of the walk! If you want to see more about the day and also my small little part check out this link:
I'm at the end!
On Thursday 1st June I was asked to present to a group of incredible volunteers for Cancer Research UK. Each year the Royal Family hosts garden parties at Buckingham Palace to show their appreciation for people who have made a positive impact in their community. It is a great honour to be invited. This year CRUK was allowed to send a small number of volunteers to the party to say thank you for being so great! I went to a pre-party gathering in the CRUK headquarters in Angel where I did a brief presentation about how I came to be in London, why I study cancer and the background to my project.
It was a pleasure to meet these incredible women and to chat to them about my work! Please enjoy watching the video of my presentation.
Warning: I say "em" A LOT! Also I exaggerated the number of women participating in the EPIC study - it's half a million.
Disclaimer: the opinions in this presentation are my own.
Thank you to Becky from CRUK for videoing this for me! 😊😊😊
My name is Caitriona and I am a PhD student at Imperial College London, UK.