There are very few people whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer in some way. Most of you will have heard of, taken part in or sponsored someone for Race For Life* in the UK.

Huge fundraising events are a new concept in Turkey so in 2015, George and Christine Rimmer and a group of expats brought the idea to Fethiye and organised the first Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life*).

George and Christine Rimmer with the 2015 committee.

*The name Race for Life is copyright protected. In Turkey the event is called Yaşam İçin Yarış.

Background

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it affects everyone; the young and old, rich and poor, men, women and children. It represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies

1 in 6 people, globally, die from cancer every year and no-one knows where or when it will strike next.

70% of these deaths are in lower earning countries.

Race For Life UK

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer

Over the past 20 years, more than 8 million people have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, raising over £547 million to fund the charity’s life-saving work.

In 2016 Race for Life raised over £50 million to help Cancer Research UK keep on fighting until cures for all 200 types of cancer, affecting men, women and children, are found.

Race For Life in the UK is sponsored by Tesco, one of the country’s largest supermarkets.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
Race For Life UK is sponsored by Tesco

Cancer in Turkey

Turkey has a population of 78.6 million citizens.

Every year 0.23% of the total population people will be diagnosed with cancer.

Approximately 350 of those people will live in Fethiye – these people may feel fit and healthy today but will have been diagnosed with one of the 200 types of cancer by this time next year.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!

Yaşam İçin Yarış Fethiye

A committee formed with people from FETAV and the local community (both Turkish and European), arrange Yaşam İçin Yarış each year.

Yaşam İçin Yarış covers a 5km route along Fethiye kordon (seafront) and entrants can run, jog or walk the course.

Yaşam İçin Yarış 2016
Yaşam İçin Yarış 2016

Where does the money go?

Fethiye has only one Oncology department at the Fethiye Devlet (State) Hospital. This department offers a limited range of services to a community of more than 140,000 people.

The money raised in the 2015 and 2016 Yaşam İçin Yarış provided screening/diagnostic equipment for the Devlet Oncology department.

In 2015 the money raised was used to buy an Endoscope – A medical instrument used for visual examination of the interior of a body cavity or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!

In 2016 the money raised was used to buy a Bronchoscope – A thin, flexible instrument with a lighted viewing tube that is used to visualise the air passages to the lungs.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!

Yaşam İçin Yarış 2017

This year, Yaşam İçin Yarış will take place on Sunday 15 October. It will start at the Fethiye Culture Centre at 10 am. (Further details will be published nearer the time).

What do we want to achieve in 2017?

We will again raise money to support the Fethiye Devlet Hospital.

Our aim is to raise 100,000 TL to provide an area in the Radiology Department where Endoscopies and Bronchoscopies can be carried out (at the moment the machines are portable and moved around the hospital as needed). This will also include buying a power supply and monitor/screen for the Bronchoscope.

How can you help?

There are various ways you can help. The most important one is to take part in Yaşam İçim Yarış. You can run, jog or walk the 5km route that follows a circular, scenic path along the harbour. The route is flat and suitable for entrants of all ages.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
The route is flat and suitable for entrants of all ages

There is also a route for wheelchair users.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
There is also a route for wheelchair users

Encourage as many of your family and friends to sponsor you to raise money for this great cause.

If you are unable to take part in the event you can sponsor others who are entering. You can also volunteer to help out at registration points in the area or on the day as there will be plenty to do!

Where can I register?

You can register at the following places:

Fethiye

FETAV office

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
FETAV office in the Kaymakamlığı building next to the PTT in Fethiye

Erasta AVM

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!

Dalyan

Dalyan Turkuaz Homes

Details of further registration points will be brought to you as they are set up.

How much will it cost me to register?

Children up to 16 = 5TL

16+ = 15TL

Our brand new 2017 design t-shirts are 25TL each.

Brand new design t-shirt for 2017 – 25TL each

 

2017 Sponsors

Thank you to the businesses who have sponsored us so far.

Main sponsor

Sönmez Group

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
Sedat Sönmez – CEO Sönmez Group
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
Sönmez Group

Other sponsors

Dalyan Turkuaz Homes

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
Engin & Lisa Çoban at Dalyan Turkuaz Homes

Spectrum Turkey (Yoga Dalyan)

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
Spectrum Turkey

Supporters

Erasta AVM

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!

 

If you are interested in sponsoring Yaşam İçin Yarış and would like a sponsorship pack please email fethiyetimes2017@gmail.com

Please visit the Yaşam İçin Yarış website (currently being updated) for more information and updates.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I did the Race For Life on Sunday (No370) and have friends in the UK who wish to make a contribution. Could you supply me with a link or account details of where they can transfer the money?

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