RVT Sports day is back and wants to raise funds to tackle LGBTQ+ suicide.
The campest sporting event of the year returns to Vauxhall on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August.
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in partnership with LGBT HERO is back on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August with its annual RVT Sports Day. And this year its focus is to raise money to support LGBT HERO, who are looking to prevent suicide in the LGBTQ+ community through GMFA - the gay men’s health project and OutLife.
Ian Howley, Chief Executive of LGBT HERO said, “I’m delighted that LGBT HERO is working in partnership with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to bring back the 13th Annual RVT Sports Day. This year we are asking teams to help us raise money to fund a new suicide prevention campaign that we’ll be launching to mark World Suicide Prevention Week in September.
"With this being Mental Health Awareness Week, It comes as no surprise to LGBTQ+ people that we are more likely to be affected by mental illness and experience suicidal thoughts. LGBTQ+ people in general are five times more likely to experience suicide. Those numbers increase if you are from the black, Asian or minority ethnic communities, especially if you are a BAME woman. Nearly half of all trans people will contemplate taking their own life, which is a shocking statistic in itself.”
Ian adds, "We also see how HIV impacts on gay, bisexual and trans men's mental health. It's not uncommon that some newly diagnosed people end up experiencing mental health issues because of the struggles their diagnosis brings, with some taking their own lives. We've also seen how stigma towards those who are living with HIV can affect their health. We have lost too many people because of the stigma they receive.
"That why for this year’s RVT Sports Day we are focused on raising money to help LGBTQ+ people who are struggling. For far too long LGBTQ+ people have been left out of the national conversation and it’s time that we have campaigns that reflect the needs of LGBTQ+ people and address the silent epidemic going on in our community.”
Ian talks about the event itself, “We are calling out for teams to get involved with the RVT Sports day. All you need is five people, a team name and a pledge to raise £500 to support our suicide prevention work. Sports Day has always been a wonderful event in the LGBTQ+ calendar which brings the community together to have fun and raise vital funds. We encourage anyone taking part to come in fancy dress, be sporty or wear whatever you want. Just have fun and let’s make a difference in our community”
Some of the events at RVT Sports day include; the egg and spoon race, tug-of-war and the handbag toss. This year the RVT Sports Day will be hosted by Timberlina, with commentary by the BBC’s Bob Ballard and Nick Heath.
RVT Sports Day takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August 2019 from 1pm in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, just behind the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
If you would like to take part in the RVT Sports day, visit www.lgbthero.org.uk/sportsday.