I decided I wanted to raise money for a Breast Cancer charity in 2013 when I agreed to take on the 'Rock Ride' a 14 day, 1500mile cycle ride form Gibraltar to the UK. With a target of £10k sponsorship required.
We hear too frequently about friends and family being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Sadly, diagnosis seems to be becoming more and more common in our lives. There are very few who have not seen someone go thorough the pain of this disease in varying degrees.
I got in touch with Against Breast Cancer and was offered a chance to visit their laboratories in London. We met a small team of inspirational scientists who are dedicated to pioneering research in to new treatments. Their ultimate goal is to create a vaccine against the disease, a quest for a future free of breast cancer. It was an inspiring visit and one we will offer to any of our riders keen to support the cause.
Moved and inspired by my visit I began a pretty intensive training plan to give me the best chance of achieving this mammoth ride.
I soon discovered the actual ride wasn’t going to be my greatest challenge. The real test came with juggling an intensive training plan and chipping away at the fundraising target. With this in mind I have written my 5 steps to success when taking on a fundraising challenge.
1) Planning – not just getting a training plan in place but also have a plan to raise the money! Give yourself a timeline with targets. Use social media to really push these targets and involve everyone you are connected to.
2) Give to Gain – Put on fundraising events to generate income and exposure. People have become more and more interested in what they get for their money, ticketed events are great and there are a number of ways you can generate additional fundraising on the night.
3) Focus on the end Goal : This will keep you inspired to continue the training. Remember, you will never forget the feeling of success and achievement.
4) Support : Don’t be afraid to ask for encouragement from friends and family. Find people to train with and mix up your plan to make it both work with your current commitments and keep it fun.
5) Make training work with your life and use it as a positive to limit any negative aspects and bad habits you might currently have.
By taking on a challenge with Challenge Tonic you will receive all the support you need from training plans and fundraising help to putting in the hard miles to the finish.
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