September 5th 2019

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Mike Austin (stalwart DHO Member and cancer survivor) is speaking at a special event to mark 50 years since the then Rt Hon Edward Heath won the Sydney-Hobart race aboard “Morning Cloud”. 

 The event will take place in the grounds of Edward Heath’s former home near Salisbury Cathedral on 5th September 2019 details can be found  at http://thefriendsofarundells.btck.co.uk/MorningCloudTalksSept2019

 Mike, who competed in the race 25 years ago whilst undergoing chemotherapy treatment, will be giving his Cape Horn talk.  This covers his participation in the 1996/7 BT Global Challenge which involved racing around the world against the wind and currents – in other words, the wrong way!  He was aboard “Time and Tide” with a crew entirely composed of those who were disabled or had survived a life threatening illness, racing against the other normally crewed yachts on equal terms

Here's a little more from Mike

Dear Friends, By now you should have received notification of a special event in Salisbury on 5th September to mark 50 years since Sir Edward Heath won the famous Sydney-Hobart race aboard his yacht “Morning Cloud”, the smallest in the fleet. Some of you will recall that I competed in the race 25 years ago while undergoing self-administered chemotherapy to manage Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, for which I am currently enjoying my fourth period of remission. I was initially asked to give my Sydney-Hobart story, but as another speaker is giving his, I persuaded the Trustees that it would be preferable to have a second subject as our content may overlap. Hence I am giving my Rounding Cape Horn talk when I competed in the 1996/7 BT Global Challenge. Several of the crew will be there as will so we can have a reunion. Salisbury has suffered with a drop in tourism as a result of the Skripal poisoning. Charities such as the Sir Edward Heath Foundation who are responsible to maintain his former home “Arundells” where the event will be held, have also struggled to drive sufficient income from visitors. Although I normally use my talks to fundraise for the new Centre For Cancer Immunology at Southampton University, I am supporting the Foundation on this occasion. You can obtain more detail about this one-off event at Dear Friends, By now you should have received notification of a special event in Salisbury on 5th September to mark 50 years since Sir Edward Heath won the famous Sydney-Hobart race aboard his yacht “Morning Cloud”, the smallest in the fleet. Some of you will recall that I competed in the race 25 years ago while undergoing self-administered chemotherapy to manage Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, for which I am currently enjoying my fourth period of remission. I was initially asked to give my Sydney-Hobart story, but as another speaker is giving his, I persuaded the Trustees that it would be preferable to have a second subject as our content may overlap. Hence I am giving my Rounding Cape Horn talk when I competed in the 1996/7 BT Global Challenge. Several of the crew will be there as will so we can have a reunion. Salisbury has suffered with a drop in tourism as a result of the Skripal poisoning. Charities such as the Sir Edward Heath Foundation who are responsible to maintain his former home “Arundells” where the event will be held, have also struggled to drive sufficient income from visitors. Although I normally use my talks to fundraise for the new Centre For Cancer Immunology at Southampton University, I am supporting the Foundation on this occasion. You can obtain more detail about this one-off event at http://thefriendsofarundells.btck.co.uk/MorningCloudTalksSe…Although I am a regular speaker at a variety of venues, nothing matches having friends in the audience, even better if DHO members. If you are contemplating coming to the event, I am not kidding when I say tickets are selling well, so don’t delay.Although I am a regular speaker at a variety of venues, nothing matches having friends in the audience, even better if DHO members. If you are contemplating coming to the event, I am not kidding when I say tickets are selling well, so don’t delay.

Although I am booked for a total of 24 talks this year, and already have 13 bookings next year, I am always seeing new venues in my fundraising drive for this important new research centre, for which I also made a significant donation – enough that my name is displayed on the donors wall. With the knowledge I have gained from talking to the various professors and scientists, together with oncologists and my own research, I have put together a new presentation which I launched in March to a packed house in Hamble. “Curing Cancer From Within” has been well received by both the lay audience and medical professionals and I hope I can use it to raise even more funds for the new centre https://www.southampton.ac.uk/youreit/. If you belong to a club or association that has a requirement for the occasional speaker, you can find details of all my talks at https://speakernet.co.uk/speaker/794/mike-austin

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