Daniel’s Dryathlon challenge

Portlethen man Daniel is in the 10% of fundraisers for Cancer Research UK's Dryathalon challenge.
Portlethen man Daniel is in the 10% of fundraisers for Cancer Research UK's Dryathalon challenge.

A Portlethen man has raised more than £1000 for charity by giving up alcoholic drinks for the entire month of


Daniel Diack, web / clerical assistant at Robert Gordon University (RGU), has raised £1060 for Cancer Research UK by participating in the Dryathlon challenge, making him one of the top fund-raisers for the campaign.

He took up the challenge at the start of the year, in memory of his mum Brenda, who sadly passed away aged 49 in 2011 after a brave fight against lymphoma.

Daniel (24) said: “I wanted to do something in memory of my mum, who I miss every day. My dad, sister and I have been through such a tough time and I wanted to do something to support Cancer Research UK.

“It’s very important to raise awareness of the work the charity does and I don’t want anyone else to experience what we have been through over the past four years.”

Dryathlon is a UK-wide annual charity event which saw 54,000 ‘Dryathletes’ go sober for January, to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Daniel had initially set a fund-raising target of £150 but he has surpassed that by a considerable margin.

He said: “I’m so proud I’ve been able to raise so much money for charity, the response from my family, friends and colleagues has been incredible.

“January can be a tough month after the festive period and I’m very grateful to everyone who has donated. The money is going to a great cause and it will help researchers move closer to finding a cure for cancer.”

Daniel received a shock at the end of January, when he found out from the charity he was in the top 10% of fundraisers from across the country.

He said: “I was amazed to hear I was one of the top fundraisers taking part in the Dryathlon. I couldn’t have imagined this when I started the challenge, it has been fantastic and I’d like thank everyone for their support.”

As well as raising money for the charity, Daniel has also felt the benefits of going alcohol free for a month.

He said: “By cutting out alcohol completely I’ve lost a bit of weight and saved money. I’ve also started running and play football with my friends twice a week.”

If you would like to donate to Daniel’s Dryathlon Challenge, please visit his JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/Dan-dryathlete2015/