By Sue Steel – EFRAR 2018 Organising Committee …

The final cheque for EFRAR 2018, supporting Tulips was presented to Raziye Kocaismail, President of Tulips on Monday 21st May.

The amount raised for 2018 was a staggering 234,394TL before incidental expenses of 941TL were deducted so a total of 233,453TL was handed over.

Mary Watson, the Chair of EFRAR 2018, supporting Tulips said: “In September last year the EFRAR team of Mary Watson, Sue Steel, Keith Rickman, Seda Djemal, Pam Kennedy, Jude Vizzard, Roy Haskett and later Art Watson got together to organise the events for 2018.

Our priority has always been to raise as much money as possible for Tulips – Help Those With Cancer – whilst having fun.  Since George Roper and Alex Kennedy founded the first Fun Run in 2011, we have dedicated our time and energy to support cancer patients and with this year’s total we have raised almost 935,000TL.  Some of this is from the days of the Fun Run and the rest from events in local bars and restaurants in the Esentepe area and of course, the Elexus this year.

Obviously we can’t do this alone.  Raziye and the Tulips Association have, as always, been a fantastic support.  We are very grateful to our sponsors, many of whom have donated money to us for the last 8 years.  A special thank you must go to the Carrington Group, our main sponsor, who created a real carnival atmosphere this year and made the event something special.

One of the delights of living in the Esentepe community is that so many people are willing to help and I would like to thank everyone who has hosted or supported our events.

I would like to say a special thank you to the EFRAR team.  Over the past 2 years three of them have battled cancer and 2 are still undergoing treatment.  Regardless of this, they have battled on and delivered a fabulous result.

I, together with Sue and Art, made a decision earlier in the year to retire from the Fun Run.  It is too easy to keep doing the same thing each year and we felt that we needed new ideas and creativity to move the event forward.

I always worry that we will never quite reach the total for the previous year but I am pleased  to say that, thanks to so many people, we have had a record year for fund-raising and we know that it will help an enormous number of cancer patients.

We all hope the Fun Run will be picked up by some enthusiastic volunteers and continue to grow and help cancer patients.”

E.F.R.A.R. 2018 supporting Tulips
Raising money for TULIPS (Help Those With Cancer)