The Growing Significance of Challenge Events

Oct 31, 2018

Challenge Event fundraisers have raised over £23,000 in 2018. Below, our Fundraising Support Officer, Matt Wright, explains the significance of these events to Feed the Minds’ life-changing work.

Members of the Royal Parks Half Marathon team, 2018., just before the run began.
Members of the Royal Parks Half Marathon team, 2018.

Recently, towards the end of Autumn and the bitter beginnings of winter, Feed the Minds have been fortunate enough to have an incredible group of determined volunteers who have taken on challenges including the Royal Parks Half Marathon, Tough Mudder or Kiltwalk. Over £23,000 was raised, a huge figure which will help us continue our life-changing projects. Our work really wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and dedication of our fundraisers, so from all of us here at Feed the Minds, thank you!

Just one example of the difference that our fundraisers have made can be seen in the case of Vijaya (pictured below). Her struggles began when her husband abandoned her with two young children before she was forced into a slum resettlement community in Southern India. The community is extremely overcrowded, lacks basic sanitation and has very few opportunities to earn a steady income. Living in poverty and isolated as a single mother, she had no idea how she was going to raise her two daughters’ on her own. However, through our project she was able to learn a skill, improve her literacy and start her own small business – ultimately, and most importantly, she was able to protect and feed her family.

Our challenge events fundraisers have helped us reach out to even more vulnerable people like Vijaya, Southern India

Our challenge events fundraisers in 2018 have given isolated people like Vijaya the chance to change their own lives, and we would love even more people to be a part of that change. That is why we are now taking volunteers to run the upcoming 5km or 10km Santa Runs on the 2nd December, in Victoria Park, London. Why not make a difference this Christmas and help Feed the Minds break the cycle of poverty. You may want to take part individually or with others, but either way Feed the Minds will provide you with a constant support network for both your fundraising and advice on preparation.

For more information on this or any other challenge events you want to take part in, please contact Matt at mwright@feedtheminds.org or 0203 752 5803.

Stacey and Obi, two of our 2018 Tough Mudder participants.
Kilt Walk participant, 2018.