Change Gear for the all clear against cancer

On the 27 March 2015, students studying Cancer Chemistry will be aiming to raise over £1,000 for Hope Against Cancer, the local cancer research charity. Their challenge is to recreate the 423 mile journey from Leicester to Marie Curie’s burial site at the Panthéon in Paris.

Students will be undertaking one of three challenges:

• Cycling from University of Leicester to the Port of Dover – 187 miles

• Rowing the Channel from Dover to Calais – 52 miles

• Cycling from the Port of Calais to the Panthéon, Paris – 184 miles

The event will take place in the George Porter Building on campus from 8:00am until 6pm on 27 March 2015.

In addition to raising money for such a worthy cause, the students hope to raise awareness of the importance of exercise as a means of preventing cancer. Scientific research has demonstrated that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight reduces the risk of developing many forms of cancer. This entails eating a balanced diet to provide our bodies with all the nutrients they need, but just as importantly includes keeping active, which could help to prevent around 3,400 cases of cancer every year in the UK alone.

To support the charity you can donate on the Virgin Money Giving site or text HFCR08 £3 to 70070.

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