In July this year Dom and I, together with 3 of our friends, will be taking on an Ultra Challenge – 100k walk at picturesque Jurassic Coast.
Action Challenge, who are the organisers of series of 8, 100k walks, taking place at various locations across the country, give you a few options in both the distance (you can do a quarter, a half – either first or second, the whole thing in two chunks over 2 days or all of it at once). And funding – giving you opportunity to decide whether you are going to join as a fundraiser (with £60-80 joining fee for the full length), or whether you will self-fund participation in the event, with no obligation to collect any sponsorship money for a charity (£185 joining fee).
We decided to go with the fundraising option – when doing something as epic as 100k walk – it is a great opportunity to do it whilst supporting an honorable cause!
Making the choice, as to who to support wasn’t an easy one to make. There are so many great charities, working hard to help those in need. Loneliness is one of the causes close to me, having seen so many isolated people, who have got no one to share even a brief chat with, being stuck in their own four walls, vulnerable and in a need of someone’s time, more than anything else.
And we, with our busy lives, usually don’t notice that. Days are passing fast, we don’t even know when, with schedules packed with too many things. And for those lonely people, I imagine the days are dragging on. I remember the AGE UK advert from year or two ago, where this elderly gentleman, was saying, that he has this volunteer ringing him up once a week for a chat. He described, how he is looking forward to that day and that time. How he gets ready, and makes sure his phone is near his armchair, and that he has a cuppa ready too. And he thinks of the topics he will want to talk about.
… Then he waits.
… He waits for the phone to ring.
So sad and heart-breaking … that one single phone call becomes a highlight of your week! And what if something happens and for whatever reason that volunteer doesn’t call…
But for that cause, I really want to try and make the time to give, as I think that would be worth so much more than the money.
If you have some spare time you can visit Age UK website to see how you could help.
NSPCC – Fighting Child Abuse
The other cause, which as a team we thought we would like to support, is Child Abuse. As you might be already aware – NSPCC are charity fighting to stop child abuse. Numbers are truly touching … NSPCC advises that a child finds the courage to call their Childline on average once every 25 seconds.
3 456 phone calls a day or over 24k a week!
Since NSPCC had first started back in 1986, they had helped over 4 000 000 children, and are there ready to answer each call 24/7, every day of the year.
Calls about domestic abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying, felling neglected or being emotionally abused – this is just a fraction of reasons, for which children, teens and those concerned about children’s safety, are reaching out to NSPCC. NSPCC’s advisers are offering a simple, soul soothing conversation, provide words of courage and advise, or refer to a professional adviser. They even engage a social services or police if required. They assess and action. They are there to help!
NSPCC are also being pro-active – as their aim is to stop the abuse against the children. They are visiting schools to help kids understand what abuse means and that it is OK to speak out and to reach out for help.
They also support families, who are going through a rough patch – like battling addiction or coping with mental illnesses. Or providing advise to parents, who are concerned about their children. You can read more about the great work that NSPCC carries out on their official website.
In the meantime, decision had been made – we will take the 100k Ultra Challenge wearing NSPCC colors. Trying to help those vulnerable ones.
And if you would like to participate in one of the events – you can find more info at Action Challenge’s official page.