The Rambling Duck - aka Janine!Race for Life 2011 events are fast approaching, so we thought it was high-time we introduced you to some of the people that will be helping to make your events happen.So, step forward volunteer Janine Lewis!
Janine talks to us about volunteering for Cancer Research UK at Race for Life for the first time this year, her reasons for getting involved, and why she’s known as The Rambling Duck!
Hello Janine! Which Race for Life events are you volunteering at in 2011?
I’ll be volunteering at Reading, Prospect Park, 16 and 17 July 2011. I shall be dressed as The Rambling Duck, the now infamous alter ego of mine!
How did you get involved?
My friend Nancy was encouraging me to enter Race for Life. I love doing challenges but as a dedicated waddling duck I had a few on already so I decided to volunteer for an event instead.
Why did you choose to volunteer for Cancer Research UK?
My nana died of bowel cancer 19 years ago, many friends have been affected by or died from breast cancer and prostate cancer, and my brother-in-law recently had a tumour removed. Sometimes I feel it’s as common as a cold, and too many lives are affected.
Tell us what volunteering at Race for Life involves for you?
When I do events I always whizz around and thank each marshal I see on the course for giving up their time. Without them we can’t do these events as they help keep us safe and on track. Plus they are great motivators, shouting and singing words of encouragement.
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
This is the first time I've volunteered at Race for Life. I have already done the Royal Marsden Charity for Cancer March, and will be talking part in Cancer Research UK's night-time walking event Shine in London on 2 October.
I am a strong believer that we should learn to give a bit more, especially time for charity, in any capacity. The Duck practises what she preaches!
What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering for Race for Life?
If you cant actually do Race for Life but still want to be involved, it takes no real effort to give some time, a smile and perhaps a whoop or two as you help people walk, jog or run to save lives. Volunteers help create the carnival fun atmosphere which boosts the feelgood factor and spurs everyone on.
Thank you and good luck Janine!
Many thanks to you and happy quacks!
If you're interested in taking part in Race for Life as a volunteer, we've got lots more information here