Over the weekend I took part in another 24 hour Grapplethon fundraising event at Gracie Barra Bristol. The event was organised by my blogger friend Can Sönmez and was held to raise funds for Rape Crisis (England & Wales).
I only rolled for four hours this time. It allowed me to really enjoy sparring more or less at normal pace but I did miss having to leave the party early when the buzz and great vibes were in full swing.
After 24 hours, I can confirm, that the Team total (including cash donations on the day) raised is now a staggering £8,000. The event fundraising page will be kept open for further donations here on the JustGiving Page.
The event gave me the opportunity to catch up with many of the great friends I have made in BJJ over the years, including those I met at last year's Grapplethon.
Huge congratulations to Christian Sayer from Gracie Barra Birmingham who took the prize for the most numerous number of rolls - 95 I believe. Several fellow grapplethoners who lasted the entire 24 hours managed to push out 80-90 rolls each so massive well done on their Herculean achievement!!!
Many more photos from the event can be viewed here:
The tremendous efforts of everyone involved in this campaign will go to a much needed and good cause. For the reason why we are doing this, here is some chilling information found on the Rape Crisis website:
Government statistics released in January 2013 estimated that 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year, that over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted annually, and that 1 in 5 women (aged 16 - 59) has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. The same study reported that 28% of women who are victims of the most serious sexual offences never tell anyone about it, and we know from our experience within the Rape Crisis movement that only around 15% of women and girls who experience sexual violence ever report to the police.
If words are not enough, here is an infographic produced by the Independent newspaper that reveals the scale of the problem faced in this country alone.
Thank you to everyone who donated and raised funds.