Martin Luther King Jr once said, "somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others".
Being part of something bigger than yourself is something which I pride myself in. Over the last few years, I have worked hard to raise money for charities to improve the lives of other people, raise awareness, build better communities and provide safer, cleaner environments for future generations. Here are some of the projects I have been involved in and projects which are on going.
STAND WITH UKRAINE
PROTECT THE CHILDREN
As conflict continues to escalate in Ukraine, millions of children and their families are in danger.
Please donate today and help us protect the children. They did not ask for this war. Stand together to fight the enemy. Show that love and peace will always win. The world needs to come together and bring light back to those in darkness.
On Saturday 19th March, around 11am, I will begin my fundraising challenge. My plan is to walk for 24 hours on a treadmill in a weighted vest, to replicate what the Military and innocent civilians are currently wearing to fight for their homeland and freedom.
To donate: www.justgiving.com/pt-fi
Here is a little more information about the ongoing humanitarian crisis and how your donations will help: (read to end)
The whole child population of Ukraine, 7.5 million children, is now at risk as the conflict continues to escalate. With explosions in major cities across the country and thousands of families being forced to flee their homes, UNICEF is calling for an immediate ceasefire.
Homes, schools, water supplies and hospitals have been damaged or destroyed. Children have been separated from their families and hundreds of thousands of people have been left without safe water, electricity or water. Explosives including landmines are a daily threat to children’s lives.
More than 1 million people have now fled Ukraine, with the number expected to climb to 5 million. UNICEF are working round the clock to keep families safe.
How your donations could help
£5 could help provide 1785 water purification tablets.
£15 could help provide exercise books for a class of 50 children to help them continue their education in times of crisis.
£27 could provide emergency shelter for one family, to keep them safe and warm.
£32 could help pay for a large first aid kit for a health worker.
£46 could provide a family with an emergency water and hygiene kit.
£80 could help pay for school supplies to help at least 20 children to continue their education in these times of war.
How UNICEF is helping children in Ukraine
We have been working tirelessly to keep children safe since this conflict began eight years ago and we are determined to remain in Ukraine to reach the most vulnerable children and families.
We are helping to provide families with access to clean water and healthy food.
We are delivering lifesaving supplies to support families who have been forced to flee and are working closely with local health facilities to ensure they have the vital supplies needed.
We are helping to make sure that child protection services continue.
We are working with our partners and the UNHCR to assess the refugee situation across neighbouring countries.
In neighbouring countries we are delivering Blue Dot safe spaces with our partners, which will provide care and support, information to families seeking refuge, psychosocial support, water and sanitation supplies, safe spaces for mothers and children, protection for unaccompanied and separated children and more.
This means so much to me guys. Thank you for your support.
PLANT A TREE FOR A PERFECT PLANET
It is no secret - Sir David Attenborough is my hero and someone I have looked up to and been inspired by all my life. He is undoubtedly, in my opinion, the most important pioneer of our times. This man has seen more of the natural world than any other, so we must listen and be educated.
Digressing slightly, Elon Musk's SpaceX has recently won a $2.9bn NASA contract to send humans to the moon. Now, although I am a big fan of space travel, I do pose the question - "but what if this money was spent on fixing the problems we encounter on Earth, rather than looking for a plan b".
Sir David Attenborough is a Patron of the World Land Trust and I have decided that this year, I shall contribute a percentage of every Personal Training Session towards making our green planet a better place to live. With Plant a Tree, I will contribute to global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate changes.
The World Land Trust works with in-country partners to protect crucial areas of land, selecting sites that are rich in biodiversity and that support long-term conservation goals to connect and enlarge protected areas. They support their partners throughout the reforestation process, from the planting and care of young trees, through to their establishment as new forest habitat. Global deforestation rates are dramatically rising and our world is becoming more unstable.
For £5, I can fund a tree’s nurturing, planting and protection. Throughout the year, I shall plan group walks, where you too can get involved and raise money for this great cause. In the meantime though, know that each time you are trained by me, you are helping sustain life on our perfect planet.
Defibrillation is a procedure used to treat life threatening conditions that affect the rhythm of the heart such as cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The machine used to deliver this therapeutic shock to the heart is called a defibrillator. In February 2020, a group of us from The Fifth Dimension walked 25 miles to raise money for the much needed community defibrillator. Having a machine close by fills me with confidence, as this really could determine the outcome of someone's life. Minutes are precious.
CANCER RESEARCH UK - £2200
"Walk All Over Cancer" were personal challenges I set myself in 2019. In the March, I needed to complete 20,000+ steps each day for the whole month. This was surprisingly hard, especially trying to fit it around my work and home life. Later in the year, on my 33rd birthday, I set myself the challenge of walking 33 miles for the charity. After adding up all the stats from both events, I can proudly say that I...
Burnt 92,198 calories
Walked a total of 320 miles
Climbed an elevation of 22,840ft / 6992m, which exceeds Base Camp on Everest by almost 1600m. Another 1886m and I would have reached the summit!
The money raised went towards providing crucial support for Cancer Research UK - a charity which is very close to my heart.