In Autumn 2014 a campaign was launched in the UK, by a long time Hunger Project supporter, Dave Rindl, ‘1000 by 1000 to End Hunger’; mobilising 1,000 people to raise £1,000 each – a total of £1,000,000.
People have been doing triathlons; running half marathons; holding dinners; just speaking to people about ending hunger, inspiring them and inviting them to invest; doing parachute jumps and setting up well being days.
The total raised has now passed £10,000 (See http://uk.virginmoneygiving.
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Here, in Dave’s words, is why he has been inspired to launch this campaign:
“A few years ago, further to some health problems, I decided to take on a big personal challenge. I am going to be doing a number of triathlons next year, culminating in an Iron Man Tri (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 26.2 mile run) towards the end of 2015. I have recently started training and this is totally outside of the box for me. I am very excited and love that, even now with early training, I can feel my body getting stronger.
At the same time, I wanted to do something fairly audacious in terms of fundraising. I have supported The Hunger Project for almost 30 years and am inspired by various programmes they run, such as their Epicentre strategy, currently in eight countries in Africa.
So, I decided, rather than just raise funds myself (I’m out to raise £10,000), I’d invite a whole lot of other people to play as well – current friends and friends not yet met! People are considering everything from sporting challenges, to a series of meals for friends, to putting on an old time music hall evening – all really fun and inspiring. £1,000,000 seemed a nice round number and it will make an unbelievable difference with the work that The Hunger Project delivers.
Personally, what I love about The Hunger Project is that it works in a way that I’ve seen all too rarely in non-profits. They work with women, men and communities to empower them in bringing about an end to their own hunger. What I love is that in supporting The Hunger Project, I’m able to partner with those people taking brave steps to end their own hunger, and I have found it is a transformational experience for me as well. My invitation is for you to give, or get involved in some way, from that perspective – becoming a stakeholder in the end of hunger yourself.”
The campaign is open to teams and individuals and no matter whether you’re walking, talking, baking, running, climbing or jumping out of a plane, you’re very welcome to join the team!
If you’ve got any problems setting up your page or would like to discuss your fundraising plans don’t hesitate to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org .