Islanders who would have taken part in the annual Colour Festival run by Family Nursing & Home Care are being asked to show their support for the local charity instead by taking part in a “Colour Challenge” of their choice.
The popular Colour Festival has had to be postponed until next year because of the current social distancing restrictions, which are in place due to Coronavirus.
People who were signed up to or looking forward to the charity’s annual flagship fundraising event - which would have taken place on Saturday 4 July - are instead invited to support FNHC by choosing an activity – while wearing Colour Festival or Colour Run t shirts they already own and/or bright clothing - as they would have done for the Colour Festival. Families or friends, while adhering to the current government guidelines on social distancing can run, swim, walk or cycle, or choose something else active.
Islanders who take part are invited to share their photos or videos of their chosen activity on FNHC’s social media channels using the hashtag #colourchallenge2020 and donate to the charity. People who do not have social media can email their photo or video to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be uploaded by FNHC.
Prizes will be awarded when photos or videos and donations come in for best costumes, most fun/unusual activity and most money raised.
Last year, the event attracted approximately 1,600 participants and raised around £27,000 for Family Nursing & Home Care, which helped fund a post for a Paediatric Palliative Care Worker to work with families whose children have life limiting or life threatening conditions.
The aim for this year’s postponed Colour Festival was that 2,020 participants would sign up for the event to mark the year 2020.
Instead, it’s hoped that hundreds of islanders, whether they choose to do an activity as a family group, friendship group, as a group of work colleagues or alone, will decide to make this year’s event a Colour Challenge of their own. Anyone who has completed a challenge can nominate a friend to do the same.
The activity can be on the day that the Colour Festival was scheduled for – Saturday 4 July – or any time in June or July. The suggested donation to the charity is £5 per person, but people can give whatever they choose.
FNHC have been fortunate to benefit from generous donations for the event this year so far, which are £4,500 from Jersey Electricity, £2,000 from UBS and £1,500 from Stonehage Fleming.
CEO of Family Nursing & Home Care, Bronwen Whittaker said: “We know that the Colour Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Islanders. While we are disappointed it cannot go ahead this year, we thought that people who were looking forward to taking part would like an alternative activity to show their support and to know that although the Colour Festival is sadly postponed, it is not forgotten.
“We hope they’ll take the opportunity to meet up with family, friends or colleagues if they wish, and get some fresh air, dress up, have some fun and donate to us by doing their own Colour Challenge so we can carry on doing our work, island wide, which is to care for Islanders of all ages.”
“The Colour Festival is a fantastic community event, but we hope that in a different way, the community embraces the Colour Challenge. People can do anything from beating their personal best, to joining their children on a bike ride, to a leisurely walk or a swim in the sea.
Next year’s 2021 Colour Festival is planned as normal - with dates to be announced soon - and the aim is for 2,021 participants to sign up to mark the event’s comeback.
Anyone who would like to take part can email email@example.com to sign up and say what their activity will be, and how many people are taking part, so the charity can gauge numbers of participants and thank them.
All details can be found at: https://www.fnhc.org.je/support-us/ (Under the section “Colour Challenge 2020”.
The social media channels Islanders can use to share their activity with the hashtag #colourchallenge2020 are: Facebook, (search “Family Nursing & Home Care”), Instagram (family_nursing) and Twitter (@FNHCJersey)