Story added: 5th April 2019

Take inspiration from Kev, Lou and Stewart, and be our next Foundation fundraiser or volunteer

Every year, the Community Sports Foundation runs a number of fundraising events to help sustain its vital work in the community, which includes the support of disabled people and their families and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

As part of Saturday’s Community Day celebrations, we say thank you to our fundraisers and volunteers whose selflessness helps to make these events possible, and we are reaching out to Canary supporters to get involved.

Volunteering – become a Canary Citizen

This week, the Foundation launched ‘Canary Citizens’, which allows people to volunteer their time at one or more fundraising events.

Whether this is supporting walkers as they trek the Coastal Walk Challenge, volunteering at Run Norwich, or simply helping to collect papers at the On the Buzzer, City! quiz, there are a whole host of ways you can get involved.

Kevin and Lou O’Grady have shown their support for the Foundation by volunteering on the Coastal Walk Challenge after initially taking part as walkers.

The former primary school teachers were aware of the community links of the Club and decided to get involved after seeing first-hand the impact that the Foundation makes.

Kevin said: “Lou and I found we had a little bit of  time because of retirement and it was something we really enjoyed doing, a chance to offer our time, raise money and in our eyes be part of something much bigger.”

Lou explained the feeling of helping people to conquer their own personal challenges: “There is something incredibly inspiring and humbling watching so many people from different walks of life struggling across Cley and Weybourne shingle bank in the early hours of the morning while the dawn breaks over the sea and just offering a smile and words of encouragement.”

Becoming a Canary Citizen is easy. Register your details here, and we’ll let you know when opportunities arise. There’s no obligation, or no minimum hours you need to fulfil, and you’ll benefit from rewards and incentives along the way.

Fundraise – pick your event

Last year, over £300,000 was raised from Community Sports Foundation events and challenges as fundraisers climbed mountains, jumped out of planes, and trekked the North Norfolk coast to back the charity.

Supporter Stewart Gillion has taken part in a number of events for CSF, including Run Norwich and the Endurance Go-Karting event.

“The best bit is the taking part knowing that you are contributing to something so important as the CSF.

“It’s such an amazing organisation and I’m very proud to be supporting it whenever and wherever I can.”

Most of the Foundation’s events have reached capacity for 2019, however there are still places on: 

Canary Legend Eleven (play alongside former Canaries at Carrow Road) – 13th May

The Sky Dive -29th June

The Dean Ashton Golf Day – 27th September

Koblenz to Norwich Cycle – 23rd August

On the Buzzer, City quiz – 7th November

Après-Ski Parties – 13th/14th Dec

Visit the events page of the CSF website for more information or to book online or to register interest for the 2020 events.

"It’s such an amazing organisation and I’m very proud to be supporting it whenever and wherever I can."

Stewart Gillion


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