It’s tricky with all these fundraising events to know which to sponsor; deliberating between equally deserving causes is a mission in itself. In an ideal world, we’d like to be able to donate to all, but we can’t. So now, I’ve developed a new system to avoid feeling bad.
Uniformly charitable giving is worthwhile, we can’t debate that. What we can do – is differentiate between the challenges people have set themselves. Walking a mile – no donation, running a mile – no donation, 10 k run – no donation, a marathon – deserves a donation, but so many people are doing them I limit to first two first served.
Juggling challenges; 100k bicycle ride versus a marathon, for example, still can be frugally frustrating. So, when I found out what Tom H was really doing, what an Ironman really was, I was relieved. There is no way that a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break, doesn’t deserve to be sponsored.
Tom H trained for months, he set aside every weekend to cycle, swim and run. Working a full-time job, exercising through the night, his dedication was unrivalled in anything I’ve seen before.
It wasn’t until, however, he arrived here in Montauroux, that I realised the true extent of his achievement – what he was willing to endure for his cause. Look away now if you’re squeamish, or don’t like feet…
The underside of his heels are just blood blisters, his legs are still seizing, his back aching, his muscles heaving…he’s in a world of pain. The level of discomfort he was willing to go to deserves sponsorship. I back myself being able to walk a mile, run a mile, heck run a 10k, but there is absolutely no way that I could ever compete, or rather complete, an Ironman.
Be you a family member, a friend, or a total stranger searching through the blogosphere, let us join together and donate to something that we couldn’t do ourselves; the ultimate challenge we really should ‘just give’ to.
Just Give – HERE