September 07, 2010

Fundraiser Extraordinaire - Joel Hicks

This year FunSwimShop became the sponsors of the 25th World International Bog Snorkelling Championships in Llanwrytd Wells, Wales. The event took place on Sunday 29th August and attracted record number of crowds and competitors, especially in the fancy dress category. A lot of the fancy dress entries were raising money for charity and I wanted to share some of the wonderful stories with you.

Who would have thought that the face behind the Grim Reaper was none other than Joel Hicks (fundraiser extraordinaire), who was making a welcome return to the bog snorkelling scene for the first time since 2006.

Joel's website is called always with a smile and his remarkable journey all began with the World Bog Snorkelling Championships in 2006.

After a fantastic day, during which he performed a bog snorkelling "Haka", he began to wonder what other weird, wonderful and wacky events he could get involved in, in order to raise money for good causes and to just put a smile on people's faces.

By the end of that year he had taken part in the Great Gorilla Run in London, a number of multi-terrain cross country races, as well as a Santa Dash in Liverpool where he was chosen from more than 5000 runners to receive the 'Best Dressed Santa' award .

He travels all across the UK and abroad competing in crazy sports, weird championships and absurd traditions in order to raise money for various local and national charities, whilst putting a smile on the face of as many people as he possibly can! Always in fancy dress, no event is too outrageous, too muddy, too wet or too wacky!  Whether he's falling, flying, diving, running, jumping or crawling you can guarantee he'll be taking part.

Please visit always with a smile to see what else Joel has been up to recently and perhaps make a donation while you are there?

Personally I preferred the bog snorkelling outfit from 2006!

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