After losing so many family members to Cancer, i've wanted for a long time to do something to raise money for Cancer charities,to help the fight against this cruel illness. It was my sister being diagnosed with a brain tumour that gave me the kick to actually do it.
The 'Kit Off For Cancer' project all started from a facebook status, I asked if people would be interested in doing a naked calendar for charity, I was bombarded with messages from people offering to get their kit off! My friend Sarah, who lost her mum to Cancer ,encouraged me to go for it, I asked her to help & together we got started on creating the first KOFC calendar.
Lot's of people signed up to get naked, lot's of people helped us along the way, doing so because they had all been affected by Cancer in some way. We managed to get in not only local newspapers but into a magazine too, even had celebrities signing the calendars.
The first KOFC calendar 2011 raised £6000 for Cancer Research UK
During the journey of making the 2011 calendars & after, I met a lot of people who have suffered at the hands of Cancer, lost loved ones & fought the illness themselves, beaten it only to have it return. Everyday I was hearing of people being diagnosed & I realised even more how common this illness is, how it doesnt care who it attacks next, babies, children, teens & adults, nobody is immune. It helped spurr me on to doing another calendar to try & raise yet more money.
I put the call out again asking if people were interested in being a part of it, yet again I was overwhelmed by the response.
This time round, KOFC wanted to do more than the calendars, hold another event, have online raffles & auctions & extra photoshoots.Wanted to raise money not only for Cancer Research UK but for Brain Tumour UK too.
I asked my cousin Kirsten who lost her mother inlaw to Cancer, if she wanted to help,lot's of emails, photoshoots & hard work later, the 2013 calendar was made!
None of this would of been possible without the help from everyone, from when it started in 2010 until the present day, the support we've had has been amazing. We aren't big & fancy, we are just a community of friends, but KOFC seems to have a place in peoples hearts & has become a huge group effort, lot's of people coming together for something that means so much.
Every two minutes somebody in the UK is diagnosed with Cancer, 100's of people dying every day, the only way we can change this is to raise money. These Cancer charities don't get goverment funding, they rely soley on people like KOFC to raise those funds needed for testing, equipment & drugs.
The more money raised & given to them, the more chance of survival rates changing....
the more chance of lives being saved.