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Steve Cantonis

Strive Challenge 2018

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]“[i]You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over[/i].” – Richard Branson[/p][p]I might fall over, but I’ll learn from it! [b]I could use your help [/b]and asking for help is not something that comes naturally or easy for me.[/p][p]I’ll be [b]pushing myself to new limits mentally and physically while striving to help raise donations[/b] for [url=https://www.big-change.org/]Big Change[/url], an innovative charity, and I’m just as excited as I am nervous. [/p][p]In September, I will be taking part in the [url=https://www.strivechallenge.org/]Virgin STRIVE Challenge[/url] - a month-long purpose-led adventure. I’ll be participating for one week tackling [url=https://www.strivechallenge.org/the-route/]Stage 3[/url]. Through STRIVE, I am helping raise over $1m for Big Change - the innovative charity that is reimagining education to set young people up to thrive in life. A big mission![/p][p]I’ve never raised money for a cause before (I don’t count middle school fundraisers), and I don’t like to shy away from big ambitious goals so I’m looking to more than double my individual goal as a Striver, go big or go home, and “go home” isn’t an option! I’d be so grateful if you could donate any size to [url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveCantonis][b]my fundraising page[/b][/url]. I’m ambitiously looking to raise over $10,000, and it’s the donations that makes all the training and sacrifices worthwhile.[/p][p][b]So why Strive?[/b] STRIVE embodies the [url=https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/]Growth Mindset[/url]and has been supporting the Big Change mission since 2014 by assembling groups of people to challenge themselves, fundraise for Big Change and have the experience of a lifetime. I will join a diverse tribe of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, inspirational speakers, and extraordinary young people, striving together to reimagine education.[/p][p][b]Why am I doing this?[/b] You may say it’s because I like to ride bikes and that’s partly true, but this ride is going to hurt, a lot! However, there is a bigger reason, giving back and helping and coaching others. We’ve all had those people in life who have had small and big impacts to help us be who we are. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without so many people helping and supporting me along the way. This is just one small way to help young people create their own positive impact long after we are gone. My wife Jodi has been an amazing supporter as I tackle this goal. Along the way I’ve learned a lot from my family, my dad for helping teach me so much about the business world and what it means to have integrity, my mom (and grandparents) and their creativity to show me there’s many different ways to be successful in life, and of course my brother for being there to share his own business adventure and lessons along the way. How do we provide experiences to others to help them in their own journey? Supporting Big Change is a start.[/p][p][b]Where does the money go?[/b] ALL of the money raised from STRIVE is used to support early-stage ideas that address unacceptable issues facing young people. [/p][p][b]Why early-stage projects?[/b] Unless we support innovation, change will not happen. There is very little funding for early-stage ideas with big ambition for long term system change, especially before they have proved their impact.[/p][p]Thank you for your support in helping make tomorrow a better a place. [/p]

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Isy and Richard Beckel

Way to go Steve.




Inspiring journey Steve



Cindy and Richard Wallace



Theresa Hunter

Love the updates. Hang in there! What an amazing adventure my friend.



Michael Clark

Good Luck!



Steve Jack Chris Ricardo Angel Ian

Thank you to Steve, Jack, Angel, Ricardo, Ian, and Chris!



Mark and Christina Hayes

Super proud of you!