"Events such as these play a strong role in our fundraising efforts but they also raise awareness of the work that we do to raise the aspirations of young people and give them the chance to succeed."
CEO and co-founder of the DMSF, Diane Modahl
The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation has been announced as an official charity partner of the UKFast City of Salford 10k 2018.
Taking place on the 9th September, the 10-kilometre race will see thousands of runners of all abilities take to the streets around MediaCityUK to raise funds for personal causes, run their very first 10k or try to take on their personal best. At least 20 runners will be taking part on behalf of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF).
Co-founded by four-time Olympian and Gold, Silver and Bronze Commonwealth Games medallist Diane Modahl, DMSF works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the North West, to help them make the most of their abilities in sport, education and employability.
This kind of work-places DMSF at the heart of the local community, especially in the city of Manchester, which is ranked England’s fourth most deprived Local Authority and second most deprived in terms of income deprivation. where the majority of their work takes place.
In 2017, runners for DMSF raised £400, and they are attempting to smash that target this year. Fundraising on the day will help the charity provide return transport for young people who are taking part in the Blackpool Track & Field Open Meeting. It is events like the Salford 10k that allow DMSF teams to compete against others, many for the first time, and to experience competition outside of Manchester.
Notable team captains leading the way for the DMSF on 9th September include Tunde Okewale, a criminal barrister from Doughty Street Chambers - the same Chambers of renowned human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney - and Tom Queally, the jockey best known for being the leading jockey of (unbeaten and highest-rated horse in the World at the time) Frankel, and leading jockey of the late Sir Henry Cecil.
CEO and co-founder of the DMSF, Diane Modahl, commented on the charity’s appointment:
“We are delighted to have been named as an official charity partner for the 2018 UKFast Salford 10K. Two of the Foundation’s greatest passions are sport and fundraising, making this the perfect partnership! Events such as these play a strong role in our fundraising efforts but they also raise awareness of the work that we do to raise the aspirations of young people and give them the chance to succeed.”
If you would like to donate to support the DMSF runners taking part in the Salford 10K, please visit their fundraising page here.