The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has just named Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) as their official charity. The announcement was made on the 27th March noting that "IFSC were very pleased to support CAC and its worthy and positive cause". With this announcement, CAC becomes the first charitable organisation to be supported in this way by the IFSC, a very positive step.
CAC was founded by British climber John Ellison back in January 2013 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011. Instead of letting his illness get the better of him, John decided to be as optimistic as possible and set up CAC to bring together the support of the climbing community to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
The success of John's endeavour has been absolutely exceptional; with the sale of T-shirts, Hoodies and Calendars, plus donations from numerous events and individuals, CAC has raised a total over £210,000. In addition to this, CAC has spread the word on cancer awareness far and wide with numerous events supporting the cause plus climbers of all abilities have been talking about the charity.
With the considerable funds raised, CAC has donated money to the best cancer research companies on three continents; in France, Australia and Canada. At the recent CWIF, CAC made the first of several planned donations for 2014 to worldwide cancer research facilities.
This news comes just after John was made an Honorary Member of the IFSC at the beginning of March (UKC News Report).
You can read an interview with John Ellison HERE
To buy a CAC product, donate or just keep up to date on CAC news visit their website; ClimbersAgainstCancer.org
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