After a substantial refit, ICAP Leopard returns to the racecourse this summer and in a show of great generosity, ICAP Leopard’s owner, Mike Slade, has made a special donation to sailing and cancer charity Sail 4 Cancer. ICAP Leopard is the holder of the JP Morgan Round the Island Race Record and next year, a special guest will experience the thrill of a lifetime through a special charity auction. Whilst ICAP Leopard is available for luxury corporate charters, a place aboard the Supermaxi for the Round the Island Race has never been made available, making this prize virtually priceless.
“When I found out what Sail 4 Cancer was all about, I was compelled to get involved. It is a tremendous cause and one that I think the whole yachting community should embrace. I can assure that whoever makes the highest bid for the auction prize is in for a real treat, I will personally guarantee that." Mike Slade – ICAP Leopard.
Sail 4 Cancer, who has been selected as the Official Charity for the Superyacht Cup in Cowes (22 to 25 July) will use this silent auction to raise much needed funds. For the past ten years Sail 4 Cancer has helped cancer patients by offering the whole family the opportunity to go on a water-based break. The charity now helps some 500 people every year through sponsored ocean cruises, sailing days, riverboat adventures and special projects focussed on teenage cancer patients and young carers.
Graham Precey, Chair of Trustees at Sail 4 Cancer said “A cancer diagnosis places the whole family under immense stress. Sail 4 Cancer gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together away from hospital waiting rooms. From family days out to longer holidays in both the UK and abroad, we give families living with cancer something to look forward to at the end of arduous treatment schedules. Our respite programmes also give families the chance to spend quality time together whilst providing valuable memories.”
Precey added "We are immensely grateful to Mike and the ICAP Leopard team for making this incredible prize available to one lucky bidder. What’s great is that the funds generated from that auction will also enable even more families affected by cancer to get out on the water. Everyone is a winner!"
Returning from a recent break with her family, one of Sail 4 Cancer’s beneficiaries said “Having a child with cancer is such a hard thing to live with day to day. This chance to briefly escape and relax was wonderful and having something to look forward to was great for the children. To be able to give this experience to our family was priceless."
The Sail 4 Cancer Auction will be a silent one; bids will be made by email closing at midnight on 25 July 2012.