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Join the 2.6 Challenge!
During these unprecedented times, it’s hard to know how to help and contribute if you are not working in a key worker position. As we’ve seen with some wonderful stories, such as Captain Tom’s astounding fundraising efforts – this is something that anyone of any age can do and with limited space!
Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale are asking you and your colleagues to take a look at the 2.6 Challenge and have a think about how you can get involved and support our local charity work… not only will you be making a vital difference to vulnerable and isolated older people living in our communities, it’s good for company corporate social responsibility and it is also a fantastic and positive way to keep talking with your clients and customers during this time. Please get creative and think about how you can get involved and raise much needed funds…
Sunday 26 April was the scheduled date for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, the 40th edition of the world’s greatest marathon. It is a huge event in the charity fundraising calendar. The race has now been postponed to Sunday 4 October, but the original date of Sunday 26 April resonates very strongly with the many thousands of runners, charities, spectators and TV viewers.
Charity: Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale
Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19 with a devastating impact on charity income that means many charities are facing closure. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) CEO Karl Wilding estimates that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic.
With these stark statistics in mind, local charity Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale is asking that you keep your support within your communities and take part in the 2.6 Challenge to raise whatever you can towards their vital work supporting vulnerable older people.
We are receiving over 100 calls daily for information, advice and support. On some days almost 200. Since the coronavirus hit we have more than 230 new shops and prescription pickups. Our telephone link service is being flooded with calls from isolated older people wanting social contact and reassurance.
In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help save the UK’s charities. The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon.
From Sunday 26 April, the public is asked to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to Save the UK’s Charities via twopointsixchallenge.co.uk. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. The 2.6 Challenge is a simple and fun way for everyone to do their bit to help save the UK’s charities.
This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. All you need to do is think of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 that suits your skills and complete it on or from Sunday 26 April. This could be something as simple as pledging to run 2.6 miles as your daily exercise to doing 26 minutes of yoga or juggling for 26 minutes (or maybe just 2.6 minutes) non-stop.
And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out your house or flat for now – you can do your 2.6 challenge inside too! There are no rules, apart from the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time. Whatever you can do, you can be a part of it – the main thing is to get active, have fun and pledge whatever you can to help vulnerable older people and the work of local charity – Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale. #TwoPointSixChallenge #ageconnectscardiff
Use this campaign page to direct your sponsors or set up a Facebook fundraiser page. Please get in touch to tell us about your fundraising ideas so that we can support you and share your great work on our social media! Tel: 02920683604. Thank you.
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