To raise awareness for The Ian Williams Foundation
Ian was a close friend and housemate whilst at Swansea University. He always committed to what he wanted to achieve with great and inspiring dedication. He once told me to write a list of what I want to succeed with and keep it to hand and constantly remind yourself of it until you complete what's on there. This year I wanted to challenge myself in a way that Ian (Saffa) would have been proud of, so with his suggestion in mind, I've written a list and signed up to a series of events throughout 2
On 20th February 2018, Ian Williams (or Saffa to most of us at Swansea University) collapsed and could not be resuscitated whilst at a training session for Doncaster Knights. I will be taking on Ironman Wales 2019 to contribute to a lasting legacy for Ian and to raise money to ‘Safeguard the Heart of Sport’ by promoting cardiac screening in the young through The Ian Williams Foundation and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).
During my first year at Swansea University I lived in the same halls as Ian Williams who, as many will know, tragically passed away in 2018 while training for Doncaster Knights. Ian was an ever present face for many people in our university across our 3 years, whether it was through his rugby or through his more social side. I would like to help do my bit to support the great work that the Ian Williams Foundation are aiming to achieve.
I have over the last few years been donating to the ATLAS foundation, this charity combines 2 of my passions in rugby and also helping young people make solid life choices. As someone who spent over 25 years in the Scout movement, Atlas Foundation's drive in supporting those children in need is very important for me.
I'm raising £10,000 to help get a bus kitted out as a mobile classroom and changing room for the kids from the slums of Nairobi
Joining England and British and Irish Lions legends, Jason "Fun Bus" Leonard and Simon Shaw, we are heading to Shawsie's birth place to deliver a mobile classroom and clubroom to the children The Atlas Foundation supports in the slums of Kenya.
The challenge is perfect for me as it satisfies two of my passions in life of Rugby and supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. I feel than through my contacts I be able to have a positive impact on this challenge and hopefully raise suitable funds for the Charity.
John, Sally & Sophie are entering a Fidelity International team on mad cap adventure run by the ATLAS Foundation to deliver a Double Decker Bus converted to a mobile classroom and clubhouse for the kids in the Kibera Slum in Kenya.More information about the challenge we will be embarking on can be found at this link: https://www.atlasfrc.org/Event/the-atlas-challenge-2020https://www.atlasfrc.org/Event/the-atlas-challenge-2020
We wanted to continue to support the amazing work the Lunch Bowl charity are doing in Kenya and especially with the many hundreds of children some orphans that benefit from taking part in playing rugby and look forward to having a nice hot meal!
I am big supporter of the Atlas foundation and the great work Jason and the rest of the team do. I am looking for a challenge post my amateur rugby days and I have never run further than a half marathon 20 years ago. I am convinced I can take on the challenge of 100 kilometers and so I have set myself the goal to to do it in the aid of this great cause.
In loving memory of Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson.