Something new, or at least new to me: June 21 is ‘Global MND Awareness Day’.
Around the world the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations organises fundraising activities to boost interest and turbocharge research. I had never heard of this until a newsletter arrived from our UK MNDA a couple of weeks ago.
Here in Britain they’re being very reasonable. They’re suggesting that people run 21 miles in June, before the 21st. Even in my healthiest, strongest, most athletic years I couldn’t have done that, not all in one day. The nice thing is that they’re not asking for that. They’re saying, “Please get sponsors, then please make sure that you’ve run a total of 21 miles before the 21st, even if you run only a couple of miles at a time”. Now THAT I could have done! In fact I might have been able to do that even a year ago, well into the illness but without the coughing and breathlessness I have now.
So how about it? 15 days to go. If anyone can run one and a half miles each day between now and the 21st you will have made it! With some friends cheering you on from their wallets, it’s a fairly easy way to put funds to very good use.
I’m inspired by my godson Chris, who tells me he’s going to do it for me, though alarmingly (for me) he wants to try for it all at once. He’s even got sponsor friends and family adding their contributions for his run direct to the DP Fund. Thank you all.
I leave this with you, my friends. 15 days to go. One and a half miles – 2.4 kilometres – each day is a challenge but not too onerous for many. Or do a different pattern to suit you. Here’s the link for registering but if anyone prefers to skip the formalities, just go ahead and do the runs. If you want sponsors to put their support for you into the DP fund they can do so via the direct link here, or if you go down the more formal registration route you can add my name in the Tribute section.
I wish I could do the one and a half miles daily myself. Perhaps I’ll just charge round the streets in the Peacemobile instead.