Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Power Cut At Work

Along with some bad weather outside, we lost power in the office today. Rather than letting that down-time go to waste, I decided to get some practice in thanks to this Powercut Stress Ball Challenge:

Plans for the dinner continue to come along nicely. Just about filled all the tables with just over 2 weeks until the night. Donations continue to come in, with the £3,000 mark just a few pound-coins away. Thanks again to everyone supporting the challenge, keep the donations coming!

63 days...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Raffle Prize

With Chelsea facing off with Barcelona tonight for a place in the Champions League final, it seems an appropriate day to give a sneak peak at one of the many raffle prizes I have for the Fundraising Dinner on May 11th.

Motivation: 100 Marathons in 100 Days

Whilst I am beginning to get anxious about the challenge and trying to prepare for the longest day of my life, I often find motivation or inspiration from outside sources. Whether it is a new Make-A-Wish Video or reading about someone battling a life-threatening condition, I appreciate that what I am doing is simply pushing myself over the course of one day, and that the effort and organisation required will be more than balanced by the reward of raising money for Make-A-Wish.

The most recent story of motivation came through a friend-of-a-friend, Matthew Loddy. Describing himself as "not a long-distance runner" and having never run a marathon in his life, Matthew took on the challenge of a lifetime to honour the loss of a close friend that passed following a rare stomach cancer.

Last weekend, Matthew competed in the London marathon, clocking a time of 3 hours 9 minutes. Quite an achievement right? Perhaps even more so when you learn that the London marathon was his 100th marathon... in 100 days.

“Pain, I can cope with. I’ve got injuries that will probably stay with me for months, years and possibly longer. But whatever happens, happens. I don’t worry about what’s going to happen to my body after this.”

Wow. What an effort.

64 days...

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

10 Weeks To Go...

Today marks 10 weeks until the challenge. What does that mean, time to step it up! 

Well and truly into diet and exercise mode now. Need to drop some weight over the coming weeks to make the walking easier. Currently pushing 215lbs (15st) on the scales. That number needs to be around 195lbs come June 27th, with a lot of core strength and flexibility to match.

So, no more walking the 4 miles to work, time to start running. No more stretching before I play, tonight I start an 11 week Yoga class. No more 18 holes of casual golf, this weekend I am going to play 5 rounds on Sunday and see how that goes/feels. 

The donations have been incredible recently. The 18 days of April have raised £1,600 and I am now sitting at £2,168, 21% of the way to my (ambitious) £10,000 target. 

Plans for the dinner are keeping me extremely busy, but the response has been good. Got a lot of good raffle prizes to thank those that come out on May 11th.  

70 days...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Nicholas' Wish

When I originally spoke with Make-A-Wish about doing the challenge for them, they sent me a DVD with information about the Foundation and some of the young people they help. Nicholas was the first boy on the DVD, living his wish to have his own set of golf clubs.

From that moment, I immediately knew Make-A-Wish was the perfect charity to benefit from the challenge. Here is the video of Nicholas and his family on their Wish day.

To be honest, judging by Nicholas' impressive swing, I wouldn't fancy taking him on!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Aberdeen Asset Management

Fantastic to have the support of Aberdeen Asset Management. A generous £250 donation to the challenge, taking the total raised so far over £1,500.

Aberdeen Asset Management do a lot of work with Scottish golf and raising the profile of the game across the country, so it is great to have them supporting the challenge and I thank them for their donation.

15% of the way there, and 72 days left until the challenge!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

£1,000 Raised So Far

It's been a great week for the challenge. Along with some great media exposure, tables are filling up for the dinner on May 11th, I had my first Make-A-Wish Foundation meeting and I reached £1,000 in fundraising putting me at 10% of my target of £10,000.

17 donations in the last 4 days totalling £380 shows the momentum the challenge is starting to get. Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far, and for those that have shared the challenge with friends and family.

I am continuing to train hard and have signed up for an 11-week Yoga class to improve my flexibility and core-strength. I have done Yoga before and it was great for my golf, so I am hoping it will help me down the last few holes of the 10 rounds.

Until next time, please continue to support the challenge and Make-A-Wish. Donate via:

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Media Coverage

Great to see some of the papers picking up on the challenge.

Please spare the jokes about the photo....

The Sun (Tuesday April 10th): 
Iron Man! I like that

Good weekend of donations too, with 9 new donations. Starting to feel the support and momentum for the challenge. Keep the donations/support coming: