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We went cheering to support Macmillan

Contributed by Renee Johnson

It’s wonderful being part of Girlguiding Birmingham as you are a member of a large team of women, who are given opportunities to demonstrate various acts of volunteerism trying to make a difference in the world we live in today.

Volunteering at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run 2017 for the Team Macmillan Cheer point, has been an experience I will never forget. It started off with getting the area outside of the iconic Selfridges building ready to represent the well-known bight shade of green that exemplifies the Macmillan Charity. We then dressed in as much green as possible with wigs, t-shirts, sashes, inflatable fingers and banners to personify the Macmillan vibes, to cheer on the runners as they passed. It was amazing to see the various reasons why people ran on their outfits, to represent charities, organisations, schools, family members and just to get fit.

Reading their names on their shirts and cheering for them as they ran passed, really inspired some people to keep moving, especially when they came back around to the 8km mark and they looked really tired. Just cheering for them by their names made a difference to them as whether they ran/ walked a little bit faster, gave us a thumbs up or a small smile it was definitely appreciated by them. And at the end of the day, they are running for great causes, showing that they care about something or someone and we were helping them to achieve this goal this demonstrated that actions do indeed, speak louder than words.