Sunday, June 16, 2024
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Supporting The Gay Games Through Running

A good friend of this Magazine, called Nigel Lee, is undertaking a 10k run at this year’s Gay Games in Paris, he’s getting sponsored to raise money for the Scholarship Fund for the Gay Games Hong Kong in 2022. Please show him some love!

This is his story:

As tension mounted while the Hong Kong bid team waited in the glorious Hotel De Ville in Central Paris last November, I made a promise that I would aim to make a real difference to some LGBT+ lives if we were successful in bringing the Gay Games to Asia for the first time.  It was one of the most satisfying moments I could ever experience.  After two years of challenges, team work, site visits, community events, fund raising, promotions and now winning the bid – Success!

So now I am in training for a 10k in Paris at the Gay Games this August.  I have only run a 10k once before at the London Pride Run in August 2011.  The sponsorship I raise will be donated to the Scholarship Fund for the next Gay Games in Hong Kong in November 2022.

Hong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the world’s largest LGBT+ multi-sports and cultural event in November 2022, a 10-days event expecting to attract over 15,000 participants and an estimated up to HK$1 billion economic boost to the economy. The Gay Games are open to all who wish to participate, without regard to sexual orientation, gender, level and ability and there are no qualifying standards. Competitors come from many countries, including those where homosexuality remains illegal.

The Scholarship Fund provides financial support to LGBT+ athletes who wish to compete at the Gay Games but do not have the financial means to travel to the host city and participate. I hope that the funds raised will enable one or more athletes to attend, realize there is a supportive community to be part of and help bring real change to LGBT+ people in Asia and elsewhere.

If you are able to help support this valuable cause, donations can be added to my Just Giving page.

Register here by June 30 to participate in the Gay Games in Paris – August 2018.

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