Firstly can we thank everyone who has helped F13K Cancer during the 2015/2016 seasons to raise almost £35,000 for Marie Curie Northern Ireland.
It just goes to show that Road Racing and Motorsports fans are very generous and always dig deep to support their sport and the charities associated with it.
In 2016 we had been given some much appreciated guidance from Marie Curie and their fundraising team in Belfast that has helped us reach out and attend more events during the 2016 season [NI Bike Fest and DUBSHED before the race season even starts]. F13K Cancer will be holding an Auction and a small event over the Ulster Grand Prix week, more details will follow in the coming months.
“One of the worst feelings in the world is not being able to help people close to your heart,” said Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston. “For that reason alone I’m starting this charity, as the sad fact is – nearly everyone is close to someone with cancer.”
Giving credit to his peers and the worldwide pool of motorcycling fans, he added: “It’s a well know fact that racers and race fans are very generous when it comes to supporting charities, so I’m hoping everyone gets involved, by simply donating, or they can purchase a t-shirt or phone cover.”
The double North West 200 winner has initiated a no-holds-barred logo; but explaining the design, Lee believes there’s no need for a filter, or an apology, when fighting this dreaded disease.
“Some people might think the logo is rude or offensive, but when I think of cancer it’s the first thing I say, F13K CANCER, so I thought why not use this as our logo.”
Johnston has made the racing number #13 his own in recent seasons; so has decided to integrate the double digit into in his Marie Curie funding process, as he explained.
“The plan is to raise another ’13’ thousand pounds [£13,000.00] in 2017. So what I’ve organised throughout the 2017 season is to run a few events, auction top riders’ helmets and other interesting bits and pieces and sell our new branded t-shirts, with all proceeds [every last penny!] going to Marie Curie.