As the global pandemic of COVID-19 continues to rage on, it has become increasingly ever more difficult for us to avoid being directly affected by it. Whether this may be in terms of job or financial security, health and lifestyle complications or the tragic loss of a family member or friend, we have all been affected by it in some way.
Not only this, but our access point to fundraising events to overcome such hardships, such as the London Marathon have been cut short as we continue to live in a period of social distancing and isolation.
The Marathon, which was set to go ahead on 26th April 2020 is the world’s single biggest one-day fundraising event, with an incredible £66.4 million pounds having been raised the previous year in 2019. Now for a second imagine, that is a total of £66.4 million pounds that many of these charities will now go without, in a time when they and those who rely on them so desperately, need it more than ever.
However, often during the most difficult of times, we as human beings find ways to come together and overcome these barriers; and so with no actual marathon running taking place round the streets of London, the London Marathon have instead decided to set up the #TwoPointSixChallenge.
Playing on the idea of a Marathon taking place over roughly 26 Miles, the #TwoPointSixChallenge aims to encourage everyone and anyone to take part in their own little challenge over a custom period of “2.6” to raise money for charity. This could be anything from doing a plank for 2 minutes and 6 seconds, taking a 2.6km walk or run or even a non-physical form of exercise like baking 26 cakes!
Or, if you’re Theo Price, it could be challenging yourself to complete 26 consecutive conversion kicks from the 22-metre line!
Theo’s brilliantly imaginative #TwoPointSixChallenge is to try and raise money for Jigsaw South East, an incredible charity who work throughout Surrey and West Sussex helping to support children and their families who have been affected by family bereavements. With the UK death toll from Coronavirus now passing 26,000, it is impossible to imagine there aren’t children and young people out there who are in desperate need of support and care after the loss of a loved one, and so the work of charities like Jigsaw has never been more vital than it is right now.
Therefore we think Theo getting out there and cultivating his own money-raising effort not only deserves a HUGE congratulations, but we also would love it if you would be able to spare any amount of money you can to his JustGiving page, and help him not only reach his target of £100, but well beyond that!
And who knows, maybe this has inspired you to get out and do your own Rugby inspired #TwoPointSixChallenge! If so, we’d love to see and hear from you so be sure to share it with us on our Social Media platforms @SchoolofKicking and we’ll be sure to try and spread the word! Now is the time more than ever where we need to come together as a Rugby Community and pull together to help those most in need.
As always stay safe and keep working on those kicks!