On 25 June 2011, eleven men and one woman from the world’s first ever rugby club for gay/bi men battle the mountains, and the elements, to hike across the top of 15 mountains over 3000 feet in Snowdonia. The challenge is being undertaken to raise money for the club’s nominated charity, Broken Rainbow UK.
Broken Rainbow UK runs the only national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) domestic violence helpline and offers support to LGBT communities, their friends, family, perpetrators and agencies working in the domestic violence sector.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from any kind of domestic abuse then please call the Broken Rainbow UK helpline on 0300 999 5428. Anyone in immediate danger is advised to call 999.
The 26 miles of rugged mountains need to be completed within 24 hours, for the challenge to be deemed a success, though the team is confident of completing the course within 16 hours.
In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge you are required to have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours, without using any form of transport.
By completing the challenge, the team hope to raise a large sum of money for the charity, as well as raising awareness of the services Broken Rainbow UK offers.
Rita Hirani, CEO of Broken Rainbow said:
“Domestic violence is a devastating crime. It happens in close intimate relationships, where one person exercises power and control over another.”
“It’s not always physical – it can be emotional, sexual, mental, or financial abuse. Examples include using threats to out, put downs, constant criticisms leaving the other person feeling bad, and afraid. Often people think domestic violence is what happens to women in heterosexual relationships but that’s not the case. Domestic violence happens in same sex relationships too.”
“Given that 1 in 4 LGBT people also experience domestic violence we need to work together to raise awareness of this devastating crime.”
Iggy Samuel-Smith, leading the Challenge Team said:
“I love hiking and I love tackling challenges which task body and mind. I really cannot wait for 25 June. We’ve a cracking team tackling the Welsh 3000s. I know that it will be a great success and highly rewarding for all of us. Raising money for such a rewarding charity, Broken Rainbow UK, will be the icing on the cake”
Tim Sullivan, Chair of the Kings Cross Steelers said:
“To the gents and the lady undertaking this challenge I express my sincere gratitude. I am very proud of what you are doing for one of the club’s chosen charities, Broken Rainbow UK. This is what is good about our club; working for our community. Good Luck to all on this endeavour!”
The challenge happens this Saturday, 25 June 2011. The challenge can be followed online at www.twitter.com/brukwelsh3000s and www.facebook.com/brukwelsh3000s.
The challenge team would like to raise as much money as possible for Broken Rainbow UK. Anyone can donate with confidence at www.everyclick.com/KXSWelsh3000s.