It will be eleven (11) years in August 2012, since my eldest daughter, aged 41, mother of two daughters and one son, sadly died from cancer. In the circumstances I am now in the winding down zone... But, before I wind down, to the back seat, I would like to state some important historical facts and wish all concerned "My Very Best Wishes" in striving for the justifiable victory over CRUK's blatantly discriminatory Race for Life :
(1) Photographic evidence is available (View this photo) re CRUK'S Chairman, Michael Pragnell, CEO Harpal Kumar: Executive Fund Raising & Marketing Support Director, Richard Taylor on 14th July; also the Chairman's PA and Jo Stephens on 16th July - receiving my emails. In the same photo Richard Taylor is also shown as receiving emails on 8th and 13th June 12. I have had no response whatever...I
have attached a copy of the print screen photo.
(2) Likewise applies to my Recorded Delivery letters of 21 May 2012, to TESCO's CEO & R.C Taylor
Esq., Executive Director, Fund Raising and Supporter Marketing, Cancer Research UK. ( Download CRUK TESCO RECORDED DELIVERY LETTER)...
(3) The history goes back to my first letter published http://bit.ly/JR2tIb on 23rd May 2002.
(4) Some of the other published articles can be read via the previous link http://bit.ly/JR2tIb by
searching for John Taylor Race for Life...(top right of the page)...
(5) That stated in Wikipedia http://bit.ly/de82Ja Re is mentioned, because I am referred to in Reference 3. It was from Wikipedia ( before most of the important history was edited out)
that I saw the link Cancer Chat and joined the campaign there... Alas, "Is race for life sexist" was recently closed but can be followed "offline"
(6) I saw a link to "Rights of Man" from Cancer Chat...
(7) Credit must be given to www.parity-uk.org. I stress, had I not been among the ranks of the "Long term unemployed - early retired" - in the 1980s and saw an advert: CESPA - "Campaign for equal state pension ages at 60" I would not have been a member of Parity's National Executive and would not be commenting now. I would not have had the "equality experience".
(8) The Hon Secretary, David Yarwood, deserves my commendation and grateful thanks. See the History of CESPA PARITY - David has been Hon Secretary since The inaugural meeting of CESPA - now PARITY, was held on 29 August 1986 in Committee Room 1 of Manchester Town Hall. Have a read. Had that Inaugural Meeting not taken place Parity would not exist...
(9) My first published article in York Press, was on 23rd May 2002 Way back then, a participating resident of York, who started the previous year's Race For Life in York after winning an Evening Press
competition, said she would support my battle. She said: "It was a fantastic day and the atmosphere was great, but I wouldn't object to men taking part. I don't really see why it is women only. "I wouldn't mind men taking part, the more the merrier and we could raise more money" http://bit.ly/hinwDg.
(10) My next major success was reported in this article http://bit.ly/KFxtYm on 16th February 2006 re when CRUK launched the defunct 5k Run for Moore series. You will see reference to help from the Equal Opportunity Commission. In my opinion, Race for Life was in breach of Article 29 of the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act, which stated that it was illegal "to discriminate in the provision of goods, facilities and services". CRUK were providing the goods, facilities and services, to female participants in Race for Life and still are!!! But Run for Moore is now defunct - because, CRUK state that men
requested longer more challenging events...
(11) Alas, then the Fund Raising Standards Board came down in favour of CRUK's Race for Life being females only. I lost http://bit.ly/9OKGNJ
(12) The views of "little boys" make interesting reading - re "Little Legs for Life" in this video -
little boys are stating they wanted to participate in Race for Life http://bit.ly/LSJM6Z
(13) Now the rules have been changed changed so boys under 11 can participate. Claire Parker must be applauded - but what happens when those young boys are turned 14? http://bit.ly/L5mpRG.
(14) I stress, there is a petition which, I trust, everyone will sign and spread the message - to allow all the family to participate http://bit.ly/JhYG3F "Race for Life - Say Yes to Males & Families racing together"...
(15) In my opinion, I doubt very much that Race for Life would be considered lawful under the Equality Act had I not sent an "open email to CRUK's CEO Harpal Kumar, on 1st March 2010 and stated:
(16) The Law: Article 14 of the Human Rights Act - gives one the right not to
be discriminated against...
(17) Section 29 of The Sex Discrimination Act - states it is illegal to discriminate in the provision of 'goods and services'.
(18) Cancer Research UK are, in my opinion, in breach of both. The Equality Bill, expected to take effect shortly will / should also embody Article 14 and Section 29 - putting CRUK in breach of the law.
(19) Anyone can read my message sent to Harpal Kumar - in Cancer Chat: Is Race for Life Sexist... Comment 187.
(20) Now, have a look at The Equality Bill - note that stated in : http://bit.ly/Qu2MGc
(21) Note the reference in 610: It also allows single-sex activities for the purpose of promoting or supporting a charity (such as women-only fun-runs)
(22) Note the last statement to 611 : Race for Life, a women-only event which raises money for Cancer Research UK, is lawful.
(23) It appears to me that CRUK petitioned the former Labour Government Equality Minister very hard.
(24) There are thousands fewer participants now in Race for Life - despite the desperate efforts by CRUK with a Gloria Hunningford DVD on Facebook? http://bit.ly/iR6WsA
(25) Further, on BBC Breakfast news, CRUK's Natasha Hill was interviewed on 15th May 2011, stressing they were struggling to find participants and expected them to be down by 10% compared with 2010. Cancer Research UK struggles to find race participants http://bbc.in/iBCa1W
(26) In this link you will find that 64,000 fewer participated in Race for Life, as stated in CRUK's Annual Report, for year ending March 2011 http://bit.ly/vNHaFS;
(27) ????? How did CRUK invite boys under 11 to participate in Race for Life this year? Will they be allowed next year? When will "all the family" ???
(28) CRUK could / should follow the example of e.g The London Marathon, Great
North Run etc etc etc...
My very best wishes to one and all taking the campaign forward towards
the hoped for justifiable victory....
PS: Can The Equality Bill be amended - by communications by one and all to their MPs?
PPS: Can a legal opinion be obtained to ascertain whether or not the Equality Bill reference to Race for Life is in breach of Article 14 of The Human Rights Act?
PPPS: This also serves as a comment John Kimble's article "Ten things everyone should know about Cancer Research UK's sexism"