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2.6 Challenge MapAction

2.6 Challenge MapAction

Why we need your help

MapAction 2.6 Challenge

MapAction is a humanitarian mapping charity that helps to get aid to where it’s most needed in emergencies.

At a time when charities throughout the UK and around the world are being severely impacted by big drops in fundraising income caused by the Corona virus, MapAction is busier than ever before.

We’re helping national governments, the UN and humanitarian organisations across the globe make rapid sense of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan the best response, to save the most lives and minimise the long-term impacts.

Managing a pandemic of this kind requires the rapid collection and analysis of vast amounts of data. Without maps and data, those responding to the crisis are effectively blindfolded. This is where MapAction’s help is crucial. Our expertise in humanitarian information management and mapping is hugely in demand, as we face a global crisis of unprecedented scale. We’re having an impact, right at the heart of the world’s response.

At the same time, other humanitarian emergencies that existed pre-Corona, or have occurred since its onset - such as Cyclone Harold and the Syrian refugee crisis - require our urgent assistance too.

Like all charities, our funding has been affected by the COVID crisis. That’s why we’re asking all our supporters to take part in the MapAction 2.6 Challenge. Here’s what you need to do:

-          Plan a 2.6-mile route around your home using an App or phone. Make sure you adhere to government guidance and social distancing measures in force where you are.

-          Run, walk, cycle, scoot, hop, jump or anything-you-like around your route between 26 April and 1 May 2020. You could even do the same loop ten times to make it 26 miles! If you can’t leave your home, you can still take part by performing any activity you like 26 times (do 26 sit ups or 26 minutes of yoga, toss a pancake 26 times…). If you like, you can create a fantasy 2.6 mile map route that you plan to do one day.

-          Take a picture of you doing your challenge (videos and GIFs are also v welcome, but make sure you include at least one photo), and a screenshot of your route map, if applicable. Send them to with your name(s). (Route maps will be anonymised before we share them. By sending us your name and images, you consent to us storing and publishing them.)

-          Share your picture/video/GIF on social media with the hashtags #MapAction26Challenge and #twopointsixchallenge. (NB don’t share a map that shows where you live.)

-          Donate  or fundraise £2.60 or £26 or £260 to MapAction!

You are a MapAction 2.6 Challenge Hero – thank you!

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May 06, 2020


In recognition of the inaugural Edinburgh Golf Club marathon that Esri UK employee, Richard Purkis, ran on London Marathon day in lieu of the actual race . It turned out to be more than 26 miles - visiting very golf club within the Edinburgh ring road.

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 05, 2020


I ran a virtual marathon.

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 05, 2020

Michael Denicolai

Ran 2.6km to support MapAction - keep up the great work!

(plus 6.50 giftaid)

May 03, 2020

Granny Jill


May 02, 2020


May 01, 2020


Olivia Cunningham's 26 stairs challenge (21 months old) and Camilla Cunningham and Olivia's 26 minute buggy run (Matt Sims' sis and niece). We had lots of fun. Good luck with all the fundraising.

(plus 13.00 giftaid)

May 01, 2020


No map because I was on a static rowing machine - 2.6k each on bowside, strokeside and sculling. Congratulations to all involved.

(plus 65.00 giftaid)

Apr 29, 2020

Paul De Bremaeker

Every little helps

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Apr 28, 2020


Well done for organising this. Hope you do well out of it.

(plus 6.67 giftaid)

Apr 28, 2020

Steven Ramage

Keep up the good work!


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