Islanders are being encouraged to sign up for The Ruth Sangan Charity Challenge, a three-way sports fundraising event set up in memory of Ruth Sangan.
Ruth, who was a keen cyclist, walker, swimmer and a volunteer at a number of local sports clubs, tragically lost her life to cancer in August 2013 at the age of 49. Ruth gave her time to help officiate at events run by Regent Tigers Swimming Club, Spartans Athletic Club and also supported the Junior Hockey Development Squad and volunteered as a swimming assistant at Victoria College Preparatory School.
The challenge, which will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 7th September, has been organised to celebrate Ruth’s life and to raise money for Jersey Hospice Care, who helped look after Ruth in her final days.
‘Ruth was a highly active and supremely fit individual who was the last person anyone imagined would succumb to illness. She was so fit that she didn’t think she needed to worry about illness and never took tablets or visited the doctor with any regularity. When Ruth developed the symptoms that would later be diagnosed as bladder cancer, she shrugged them off as nothing to worry about. Unfortunately there was a good chance that she could have been treated if she’d gone to the doctors earlier,’ said Ruth’s husband, Stuart Sangan.
‘We organised this event primarily to celebrate Ruth’s life and unique, caring personality and also to raise some funds for Jersey Hospice, who were there for Ruth and the family at the end. We also want Ruth’s story to serve as a warning to people, that regardless of how fit and healthy you feel, it’s vital that you don’t ignore symptoms and get them checked out by your doctor as early as possible,’ added Stuart.
Each of Ruth’s favourite sports will be represented on the day, including three separate cycling routes with varying distances, five kilometres, 25 kilometres and 60 kilometres, one 25 kilometre-walking route and an indoor swimming challenge at Les Quennevais Sports Centre.
The challenges will be staggered throughout the afternoon and all routes will finish at the Communicare Centre at Les Quennevais between 4pm and 5pm, where friends and family will get the chance to share memories and stories about Ruth.
The event has been designed to appeal to people of all ages and abilities and the routes will follow some of Ruth’s favourite fitness circuits in Jersey, including ‘Ruthies Route,’ a section of St. Brelade and St. Ouen that Ruth used to cycle every day.
Ruth was born in Manchester and moved to Jersey in the 1980s, where she met and married Stuart. She was a passionate traveller, but eventually made Jersey her home, where she leaves behind her loving husband and two sons, Louis and Pierre. Ruth was a fitness fanatic, cycling 25 kilometres and swimming 80 lengths of the pool at Les Quennevais on an almost daily basis. As a dedicated member of the local community and a volunteer at countless clubs and activity centres, she also leaves behind a vast network of friends and fellow sports enthusiasts.
People can sign up by visiting www.RuthSanganChallenge.com and choosing the event they wish to take part in. Entry costs £10 for adults and £5 for children and all proceeds will go to Jersey Hospice Care. If individuals are unable to attend, but still wish to make a donation, they can do so by either opting to make a donation, referencing Ruth Sangan on the Jersey Hospice website, or by sponsoring a friend or family member to take part in the challenge.