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We regularly review our events to make them the best they can be and three years ago we seriously looked at whether we should let men enter Race for Life. However, our research showed that Race for Life’s success is due to its appeal to women as a women-only event and to allow men to enter could bring in less income for the charity’s life saving work. We cannot risk this vital source of income to cancer research. We hope you understand that this decision has been made in the best interests of the cause.
There are, however, many ways that men can get involved with Race for Life. Male volunteers are invaluable at our events - we really couldn't go on without them
Cancer Research UK has hundreds of events throughout the year for all ages, sexes and abilities. Race for Life is the only event out of all of these which is just for women. A few years ago we seriously looked into allowing men to take part, but our research showed that many women would no longer take part so we just can’t risk the potential loss of fundraising which is helping us beat cancer sooner.
This opportunity is our way of trying to help men feel more included by supporting the women they know taking part.
For more information behind why Race for Life is for women only, please read our dedicated webpage: raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org...
Cancer Research UK has to spend their money carefully, as 80% of the money you raise goes straight into research and development of cancer treatments, cures and prevention. However, we do advertise as many of our events as possible to help us raise more money.
You would hopefully have seen Dryathlon around November and December last year – they had a TV ad, radio commercials as well as national print and this is an event aimed more towards men.
The Marathon and Shine events also have national advertising – as well as our Stand Up To Cancer events and TV fundraiser.
originally posted by: OrphanApology
I always watch out for charities because they can be pretty discriminatory against people/groups at times.
originally posted by: n00bUK
The Men Only Marathon- Women not allowed to participate other than giving men their water and cheering.
I wonder how that would go down.... In fact, I bet that pissed off a few ats ladies who read that
Never actually thought about this issue, thanks for sharing
Here in the US we have a gym that is only for women I think it is called Curves, now I don't have a problem with that but I think that if there was a gym that didn't allow women that would be a problem for some people, even if they didn't want to go there they would still have to complain about it.
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: Char-Lee
Thanks for replying, and may I ask your opinion on situations where a group excludes a gender from an activity but specifically requests the same gender to volunteer their work to enable the activity?
Is a quest for equality not universal?