My challenges for 2012:
This year I am not supporting one charity but several, any donations you choose to make to them will be greatly appreciated.
Great East Swim – 2 Mile Open Water Swim
Those people who have followed the blog for a while will know that I have now completed the one mile Great East Swim twice. From the beginning as a non head in the water, recreational swimmer to the moment of madness when I decided to enter the 2 mile swim this year.
UPDATE: Sadly the Great East Swim was moved due to high winds. The new date was a working day for me so I was unable to participate….. I’ve just entered the Wensum Swim – only one mile but the novelty factor is that it is through Norwich city. I have done a two mile swim in the lake at Fritton and hope to do more before the season is over.
I am really looking forward to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I know how much willpower it takes for me to train just to complete events, how the competitors in the top events manage I can’t even begin to imagine. I have been particularly inspired by the paralympians and so my charity for the swim in ParalympicsGB – you can donate here
Update 8th July – Wensum Swim completed, it was gorgeous.
100 Mile Sunrise Bike Ride
You may remember that last year I completed the Dunwich Dynamo 120 miles from Hackney to Dunwich beach overnight. I was thrilled to discover that the Suffolk Sunrise ride was taking place from Framlingham on 13th May and I was all set to take part. However, I had to withdraw due to very good family reasons. My training buddies and I did the same route, backwards on the Saturday of the Jubilee weekend. The charity for the ride is Action Medical Research and if you would like to donate to them you can here
Live Below the line
From 7-11th May I attempted to live on no more than £1.00 per day for food. Why? It was part of an initiative called Live Below The Line, read more about it here, I first heard about it through my bzz agent status, it stems from the fact that so many people in the world live on less than £1.00 per day for food. This was one campaign though where there were no tokens or vouchers just a brief to do it and talk about it. It was an awareness raising exercise and one of the things it brought home to me was how choice went out the window once the financial limits were imposed. I tweeted and blogged regularly as I went along. I raised money for Unicef ~(£75 to date) and you can give here.
Thank you for your support this year and in previous years, the charities are all competing for funding in an ever changing environment, your help is really appreciated.