Alex Potocki created a uniquely fun event to raise money for children with cancer as his project in the Landmark Education Self-Expression and Leadership Programme: He created a horror costume ‘dash for cash’ fundraising event which feature children and adults alike. The Blackpool Gazette of 11/4/08 wrote a feature story about the ‘race’.
Spooks let loose in huge dash for cash
By Julia Bennett
On your marks, get set, go!
One of the Fylde’s most beautiful landscapes was transformed into a setting more suited to a horror film as little monsters were given the run of St. James.
Little Draculas and witches sprinted down the Promendade as part of Monster Dash, which took to the streets to raise money for children with cancer.
Around 50 little terrors had a spooktacular time taking part in the sponsored fun run dressed in their most ghoulish outfits.
There was a 100m event for the under 5s, a 700m race for six to 13-year olds and a 5km run for the grown ups.
Alex Potocki, organiser of the event which was sponsored by Chewits, said: “It was fantastic, the kids and parents loved it.
“Everyone had a great time. It’s the first time we’ve done it and we’re already thinking about Monster Dash 2009!”
All proceeds from the event will go to CLIC Sargent – a charity which helps children and young people with cancer.
Mr. Potocki, 41, was inspired to organise Monster Dash after watching a programme about children suffering from cancer at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital.
He added: “I was really moved by the strength of character of the children who were given a raw deal at such a young age.”
Mr. Potocki came up with the idea just six weeks ago so it was a race against time to get everything organised and ready for the big day.
He added: “I was told I’d need six months to organise something like this, but we did it in just six weeks.
“It was just about getting everyone around safely and having a good time.
“Hopefully, it’ll grow and be an even bigger event next year. If anyone would like to donate to the cause, that would be great.”
Carol Kingdom, 53, from North Shore, won the adult fancy dress competition. She said: “I dressed up as a witch. I had a red and black lace hat which was nearly two feet high which I had to hold on to while I was running!
“I finished the race in 4 minutes. It was good fun and I feel like I have done my bit to help.”
Also investigate an earlier story by the Blackpool Gazette about the event.