Get Set Run for World Transplant Games 2019

21st May 2019

Novices, club runners and children are invited to get in on the World Transplant Games action with the Gift of Life Run on 18 August at Newcastle Exhibition Park and the Town Moor. The World Transplant Games take place in NewcastleGateshead from 17-24 August and will see around 3000 participants from around 60 countries aged 4 to 80+ compete in a range of sports during the week.

The Gift of Life Run is the official Games 5k walk/run with the Games athletes including life-saving transplant recipients, live donors and donor families setting off ahead of the fun runners. There is also a shorter 3k course especially for children, supported by CHUF: Children’s Heart Unit Fund. Participants can expect a lively fun-filled family friendly atmosphere with fairground rides, food and drink concessions, entertainment and prizes for the best fancy dress.

Colin White, World Transplant Games Federation Executive member said:  “With less than 100 days to go before the Opening of this year’s World Transplant Games, we encourage everyone to put the week of August 17th– 24th in their diary and come out to support the unique sporting event that is the World Transplant Games. With sports ranging from athletics, swimming and cycling to golf, ten pin bowling and many more there will be something for every sporting enthusiast. Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, and all their partners, have been putting in a huge amount of work in preparation for the Games so we are looking forward to a fantastic spectacle. The Gift of Life Run will offer the public an opportunity to engage with the atmosphere of the Games first-hand and witness the amazing impact that organ donation (Gift of Life) can have.

The Gift of Life 5k is supported by Legacy of Life a local charity promoting organ donation which was set up by the parents of Zoe Cransdale following her death.

Richard Cransdale, Zoe’s father commented: “I am delighted that the Legacy of Life charity can support World Transplant Games 2019 and the Gift of Life Run, ensuring that Zoe’s legacy lives on.”

Registration for the Gift of Life Run is now open, costing £10 for adults and £5 for children. Participants will get a race number with professional timing chips and there are competitor medals for all. Spectators are more than welcome to come along on the day too to cheer on the runners as they make their way around the course.

Charlotte Campbell, Senior Fundraising Manager for CHUF said: “The World Transplant Games is a truly unique event and we can’t wait to join children and families in the North East to take part in the Gift of Life Run. On average three people die every day who could have benefited from an organ transplant and whether you walk, jog or run every step counts this August. At CHUF our mission is to make life better for children and young people who are born with or who develop heart conditions and this event will be a fantastic way to celebrate the incredible work that the World Transplant Games does to raise awareness for the importance of organ donation around the world. You’re all superheroes to us!”

Graham Moore, Chairman at Westfield Health, a lead sponsor of the games, said: “The World Transplant Games is a fantastic initiative which raises awareness of such an important cause. It showcases the importance of transplants and the inspirational stories of those who have received themIt will be brilliant to see many people taking part in the run to show their support for transplant recipients, donors and their families. Without the hard work of everyone participating, the games simply wouldn’t be the success they are.”

World Transplant Games 2019 is an inspiring event that celebrates a second chance of living life to the full and promotes the need to raise public awareness of organ and tissue donation. The event shines the spotlight on the success or organ transplantation and is a real rally cry to the public to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, or the equivalents in their countries, and also to pass on their organ donation wishes to their family.

There will be many more opportunities for the public to get involved in the Games from spectating at the sporting events, cheering on the teams at the Athletes’ Parade, attending a free Sports Science Event at Newcastle University and providing that famous warm Geordie welcome!

For more information on World Transplant Games 2019 and to register for the Gift of Life Run go to: worldtransplantgames.org