The festival, brainchild of Paul Farris, was held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on the 13th/4th August, attracting ‘have a go’ families with the opportunity to receive family friendly, professional coaching in over 40 different sports, ranging from football to archery, wallball to canoeing, tournaments, runs and races, cricket to marathon running!
The charity joined other health conscience exhibitors at the event, and ensured that all attending were adequately sun protected and received advice on why this was important. Ladival kindly donated bottles of SPF50 to the charity to hand out to crew, exhibitors, coaches, instructors, parents and of course, all children spending prolonged periods outdoors, in return for a small donation to help the charity raise awareness and fund medical research.
The event encouraged all members of the family to get involved, instead of seeing parents sitting on the side lines, they were to the ones getting hot and sweaty, racing alongside their kids and other parents – a fun, refreshing and inspiring twist on traditional sports events (especially for the more competitive parents!)
The weekend was not just about sport; the main stage entertainment rocked some serious tunes and live acts all weekend, keeping everyone on their toes, free massages were going like hot cakes and giant screens showing live coverage of the Olympics were gathering crowds who were in-between events.
The event was attended by its ambassadors; the former Olympian, Roger Black MBE and the face of women’s international rugby Maggie Alphonsi, signing autographs, giving interviews and generally enjoying the fun and soaking up the atmosphere. The Harlequins made an appearance, dwarfing everyone around them, including charity representative Michelle Baker, when they made their way to the Outdoor Kids stand.
GoFest was a great success for the organisers and for the charity. We ensured that nearly everyone received a bottle of sunscreen and was given important advice on sun protection, covering subjects like eczema, Vitamin D, ageing skin, other forms of cancer, and the current levels of melanoma in the UK.
We left happy that we had made a difference, having inspired change in habits, seeded in ideas and answered questions to allow new thinking. The charity raised just over £500.00 in donations over the weekend which was a fantastic result. To add to it all, we only witnessed one person with sunburn , which for a hot and sunny weekend, was a cool victory for everyone.X
To find out more on the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code or to get involved visit www.oksunsafetycode.com