Ok so first things first, yes I’m a bit mad. I’m answering countless messages asking me why on earth I’m doing this, so, I thought I’d explain in a little bit more detail.
From a very young age, I’ve always been very active. Having three older (much older), sporty siblings has made me slightly competitive. I was also introduced to Cystic Fibrosis from a very young age and my family has helped to raise over £550k for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the last 25 or so years.
The last challenge I accepted to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis was climbing Kilimanjaro at just 17 years of age. Climbing to the top to have a sparring match with Scott Welch (Former European Heavyweight Champion) who featured in the film ‘Snatch’ with Brad Pitt was a little surreal at -15 degrees. The team of 11 managed to raise over £120k which smashed our £40k target.
It’s safe to say, that challenge was a little while ago now (2004), so I thought it was about time I did something that would challenge me not just physically but mentally.
I had planned to do this event a few years ago but due to other commitments, unfortunately, it had to take a back-seat.
But it’s back on!
The first part of the why is simple, it’s just who I am. However, the second part is perhaps the most important.
Having grown up around Cystic Fibrosis and seen first hand the pain and suffering this terrible disease causes to families, I think it’s important to raise not just money, but more importantly, awareness.
Whilst it’s great that people take part in charity runs, sky-dives and other activities, this really has to be an event that makes you gasp and ultimately, does what Cystic Fibrosis does… takes your breath away.
So what’s involved in the 24-hour challenge?
- Lift 100 tonnes
- Cycle 100 miles
- Row 10 miles
- Run 10 miles
- Cross-Train 10 miles
- Swim 2 miles
- 1,000 press-ups
- 1,000 squats
- 3,000 sit-ups
- Keep going…
The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity
Did that take your breath away? Imagine having to do it at 20,000 feet? Breathing with Cystic Fibrosis can be like breathing at 20,000 or some say it’s like breathing through a straw.
So what would it be like doing it with Cystic Fibrosis?
I guess I’ll find out in July next year. Oh yes, remember I said I was introduced to Cystic Fibrosis from a young age? Well, it was actually from birth.
I have Cystic Fibrosis.
So, I don’t often ask for help but on this occasion, I’ll be asking for everyone’s support by first sharing this with all your friends and family. I’ve set the target to £100k and I won’t stop until we get there. The more people that know about this cause the better.
My ambitions for 24hrs4cf go much further than the event in 2017 but I’ll keep that for another day.
Oh, and for the doubters out there, please send me a message, I could use it for a bit more motivation. Or better still, sponsor me.
Use #24hrs4cf on Twitter to join the conversation 🙂
To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org