Big turnout for Gay Sports Day Bank Holiday fundraiser in London
Gay Sports Day, organised by GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, was held in Vauxhall, south-west London yesterday, in order to help raise essential funds for gay men’s health and the local community.
Held in conjunction with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, one of the capital’s most popular alternative LGBT venues, the games took place in Vauxhall’s Spring Gardens, which are adjacent to the Tavern.
Twelve teams competed in the day’s events, cheered on by a crowd of supporters. Games included the drag relay, the egg and spoon race and the 50M mince.
Competition was fierce, with Fatima and the Four Husbands ultimately being crowned the winners of the sporting events.
The Dibb Dobbs Experience were the top fundraisers, bringing in over £1,400 from sponsorships, while Prissy Queens of the Knoll came top in the costume stakes for their Priscilla Queen of the Desert-inspired outfits.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA thanked everyone for making the day such a huge success.
He said: “We think it was our biggest crowd yet and the teams all made a huge effort, both with their outfits and their amazing fundraising efforts. The full total raised from the event is still to be confirmed as donations are still being counted. The money we get from Sports Day really does make a difference and helps us carry out our vital work for gay men.”
The day was given support from Rugby star Ben Cohen and singer Kylie Minogue, who both donated rare and collectible items for auction.
All money raised will go towards GMFA, Vauxhall City Farm and The Friends of Spring Gardens.