Pro/Elite Triathletes including Bermuda’s For a Duffy rallied together to help raise much needed funds for a friend's son who has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.
Jodie Stimpson after learning that her physiotherapist’s son, Alfie (born on August 30th 2018) was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder, MECP2 Duplication Syndrome – a rare neurological disorder affecting many areas of development, Stimpson, together with professional Triathlete Sophie Coldwell decided to help.
Learning about research being undertaken in Houston, Texas into a possible cure for the condition, Stimpson and Coldwell decided to raise much-needed some funds.
“With the help of the other Great Britain girls, Stimpson and Coldwell ran a competition to win signed Tri Suits including one from Duffy,” Stimpson wrote on her Facebook page at the time, prompting a call-to-action from the wider Triathlon Community.
And so, the Alfie’s Dream(#AlfiesDream) raffle began, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going towards Alfie’s Dream and the MECP2 Duplication Syndrome.
Stimpson and Coldwell were hoping to raise some 2,000.00 when they started,” explains Stimpson. “We were over $13,900.00 with four days before the draw, which was pretty amazing and the support of the triathlon community and everyone had really been heartwarming.
The prize list included items such as Lucy Charles’ tri suit, Flora Duffy’s Race Suit, Helen Jenkins’ Rio cycle top and Asics shoes, a Super League package worth over $262.00, an Asics winter bundle, a Sailfish wetsuit.