Since forming in 2018, UWWCC have engaged in a lot of charity work to raise money and awareness for our extremely worthwhile cause; Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC). A charity which is close to the members of our club as unfortunately the issues it addresses are deeply woven into university culture.
Throughout this upcoming year, we will strive as a club, to replicate the successes of what we achieved in the past year regarding our charity work as well as definitely making charity work an even bigger focus of our club and expanding our focus into volunteering within the local community.
A little bit from our incoming Charities officer, Hannah Colley
“Hi, I’m Hannah and I’m UWWCC’s new Publicity and Charities officer for 2020/21. I am absolutely thrilled to have this role within the club this year. I was heavily involved in the charities side of the club last year, from dancing in CMD, attending the charity socials and signing up to do every running event (despite having never done any actual running before!) and it is something I’m really passionate about. My main aim for the role this year is to continue all of successes we’ve made in the past couple of years as well as coming up with lots of other ways to fundraise and raise awareness for charities. One of my main goals is to make our ‘Get Run Out’ event a legacy of UWWCC in years to come as I think it’s a great way to not only raise money, but bring everyone together especially as it did throughout the 2020 lockdown. I’m also very passionate about working with Molly our Welfare and campaigns officer on expanding our charity work into volunteering in the local community.”
One of our biggest fundraisers of the year is our annual summer tournament. Unfortunately this did have to be cancelled due to the current Covid situation, but this has been a massive success and supported by lots of other clubs on campus in the past, and something that we we intend to carry on in years to come.
CMD- Let’s Dance for Sports Relief
We have also taken part in CMD’s Let’s dance for Sports Relief for the last 2 years. Winning the CMD choice award in 2018 and coming 3rd place in 2019. It’s always a great night, and a great way to intergrate new members into the club, and we can’t wait to do it all over again this year and in years to come.
New events for 2019/2020
This year we’ve come up with and arranged a whole host of new charity events. From running our first ever charity circle and club nights (which were a massive success) to creating our ‘Get Run out’ event in replace of our Birmingham 10k which was sadly postponed due to Covid-19.
Supporting other sports clubs’ fundraisers
We also pride ourselves on having also supported many other clubs on campus with their charity initiatives this year, strengthening our relationship with them in the process.
Our main source of this has been with the Men’s Cricket Club (UWMCC) from getting involved in their annual 24 hour ‘one hand, one bounce’ cricket match, entering a team in their tapeball tournament, and as a club contributing an amazing 702km to their ‘Run, swim and cycle the Perimeter of South Africa’ challenge (some 6230km in total) to raise money for Huntington’s Disease Association. It was great to be able to work with the men’s club on a fundraiser like this, and hopefully we can build on this and have many more joint events like this in the coming year.
We also supported UWWFC entering a team into their charity quiz, which was a great night; unfortunately we didn’t come out with a win, but it was great to support a fellow club on campus to raise money for their charity.
Birmingham 10k/Get Run Out
One of our main fundraisers this year was getting a group of women from our club together to enter the Birmingham 10k (scheduled for the 19th April). As well as being a massive fundraising opportunity, this was going to be an extremely great achievement as many of us had never done any sort of running prior to signing up for this. Unfortunately the Birmingham 10k had to be postponed due to Covid-19, but we didn’t let our hard work and training go to waste. Out of this situation was born our ‘Get Run Out’ event. Members of the club all did an hour of exercise at the same time at their own homes, with many of us completing the original 10k anyway- which was a monumental day for a lot of us having never reached that distance before. The event was a massive success, raising an absolutely incredible £1,074 between us for CRASAC! After the success of this event, we would love to make this an annual event and make Get Run Out a long lasting of UWWCC! So watch this space!
A massive thank you to our outgoing charities officer Esme Stansfield for all of her amazing charity work throughout the last year. As a club we managed to raise an outstanding amount this year for our charity CRASAC and this is down to Esme’s time and dedication in organising all of our amazing events, and innovation coming up with lots of new ideas.