A record setter, in fact. After years of going down in Westport, this year’s for profit “charity” event scooted down to the Power & Light District, who swiped the event, in the interest of making a few more bucks and landing in the Guinness Book of Records.
Which it did.
This year’s Crawl reportedly had 4,885 participants, breaking the previous record of 4,718 in Australia.
Just one problem -or maybe two – or three…
For starters, because the Crawl for Cancer is a for-profit organization, it doesn’t have to open its books to account for the percentage of profits go to the charity as opposed to into the pockets of the organizers. So of course, it doesn’t.
On top of that, in addition to being banned by some cities owing to its rep as a drunk fest, Crawl for Cancer has been called on the carpet (and lost reputable charity sponsors) because of it’s unhealthy and arguably heathen approach to ostensibly raising monies for a good cause.
To wit, check out this story on Alcohol Policy.Org
The headline: “The Unintentional Irony of the Crawl for Cancer”
“The Crawl for Cancer describes itself as “a fundraising organization driven to plan and host events that support lifesaving research and those affected by cancer while having a little fun doing it!” it begins.
“Meaning, of course, that it celebrates the excessive ingestion of a Group 1 carcinogen* in order to raise money to “cure” cancer. Awareness of the role of alcohol consumption in cancers of the head/neck, female breast, liver, and colon/rectum is growing – but not fast enough, apparently, to permeate the consciousness of the “philanthropies dedicated to fighting cancer” who receive money from this farce. Would any source of money be off-limits? Cigarette sales? The Indoor Tanning Association?”
“Bar/pub crawls are nothing new, of course, and by their very nature are typically synonymous with binge drinking…” it continues. “But the saddest irony of the entire enterprise is nested in its promotion of excessive alcohol consumption for the sake of raising money for a disease whose risk factors include … excessive alcohol consumption. Like with the pinkwashing phenomenon, this is another case of confusing causes of disease with cures for disease.”
An issue supported by the following: “The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization has determined definitively that alcoholic beverages are carcinogenic to humans, a designation shared with only 108 other agents – including tobacco, benzene, asbestos, estrogen therapy, wood dust, and certain types of salted fish.”
So what’s the Crawl for Cancer actually like?
“It’s like a beer fest, a public drunk, like St. Partrick’s Day. And everybody knows there’s a bunch of drunk girls there. They know it’s a great opportunity for guys to pick up really drunk girls. The word got out that there’s a lot more women there than men. I mean, in the beginning it was 70 to 80 percent women.”
And now Kansas City holds the, uh, distinction of holding the record for this upstanding event.