Lucy the Loch Ness Marathon Warrior
Our super Starfish intern Lucy completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 4 hours 33 minutes, raising a whopping £337.50! Lucy took on this Monster Race, which weaves alongside the shores of the world's most famous loch, with her sister Alice.
Lucy chose to fundraise for Starfish after spending time volunteering at human rights NGOs in South Africa. "I developed a great interest in the society and politics, and was struck by the profound inequality," she says. "The country continues to grapple with the grave legacy of apartheid and the HIV/AIDS crisis, and therefore the work of NGOs such as Starfish Greathearts Foundation is integral."
Investec Tough Mudders Triumph
Congratulations to the team of 20 from Investec Reading for taking part in the gruelling Tough Mudder South West Challenge on 20 August, and fundraising for Starfish! This mud and obstacle course is not for the faint-hearted. Each and every obstacle is designed to testphysical strength, stamina and mental grit.
Well done to our tough team of Mudders for completing this extraordinary feat, and for the incredible £5,183 raised.
Comrades - Going for Green!
A huge congratulations to Greatheart Tracy Bamber who completed her 10th consecutive Comrades Marathon for Starfish in May! She has run a total of 893 gruelling kilometres for Starfish and she has earned her permanent green race number, marking her fantastic achievement.
Starfish supporters were out in force, cheering for Tracy and the rest of the Starfish team at the Green Mile. The cheering helped to spur her on and Tracy crossed the finish line in her fastest Comrades time of 10 hours 19 minutes.
"It was an incredible and special day for me on the Comrades road. The crowd support and camaraderie was amazing. The early mornings and months of training were all so worth it and being able to support vulnerable communities made it even more worthwhile." Tracy Bamber
Our very brave intern Ellyn jumped 10,000 feet out of a plane and travelled 120mph through the sky to raise funds and awareness for Starfish. She picked a beautiful day for it and enjoyed blue sky and great views of the Kent countryside. She enjoyed it so much that she now wants to do a bungee jump for Starfish!
So far she has rasied a fantastic £370 which will make a huge difference to the children Starfish cares for in South Africa. There is still time to sponsor Ellyn and help her reach £400.
The London Marathon Challenge
Gareth Howell has been fundraising for the London Marathon in very creative ways! So far, he has auctioned off a gingerbread house and a Welsh ginger cake, as well as selling Christmas decorations and mince pies. Gareth kick started his marathon training by joining us for the annual Santa Run, where he ran the 10k! All of his hard work is not going unnoticed, his fundrasing will make a huge diffrence in the lives that Starfish cares for! For more information on Gareth's marathon journey, click here.
A Christmas Journey
Zak Smerczak did not spend his Christmas day opening presents or enjoying a roast dinner. Instead he took his adventure to the extreme by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Zak faced the cold and snowy mountain tops to fundraise and bring awareness to children and HIV/AIDS in his home of South Africa. Zak chose to fundraise for Starfish and he raised a total of £1,253 to help care for children in South Africa.
Tandem Bike Challenge
Jess Simpson decided that she would conquer the Manchester 100 mile bike race on a tandem bike with her dad. This race is no easy task, with climbing an elevation of over 3,000 feet! Jess, aged 15, already knows how important it is to give back to others. Jess and her dad fundraised an astonishing £2,190!
The Year of Challenges
It's been a busy year for Starfish supporter and fitness enthusiast Iain Whittaker. 2014 has seen him complete 26 challenges for Starfish ranging from tough 10kms (some very muddy, some very hilly, some both!), tougher 10 milers, half marathons, triathlons, a half IronMan, expeditions acorss England on a mountain bike, as well as a mountain bike, kayak and run across Scotland. Ian has raised an incredible £1,294 to support Starfish projects so far so it's not too late to donate. We're excited to see what 2015 will bring!
A Run, Cycle & Climb
Starfish supporter Lauren Cooper 'Super Cooper' took on 3 incredible challenges in 2014.She put on her orange vest and ran 13.1 miles in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, braved the torrential storm and pedaled 100 miles in the Prudential Ride London and as if that wasn't tough enough she and her friend Jo then climbed 5,895 meters to conquer Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. They said although tough it was an awesome, once in a lifetime experience and are pleased to have raised over £1,000 for Starfish.
Tuk Tuk Adventure
In 2013 a trio of daring young women embarked on an adventure across India. Driving 3500km in an Indian auto-Rickshaw from the Maharaja's palace in Jaisalmer to Cochin they embraced everything from cockroach infested hostels to broken down vehicles. Their journey was not just for fun, but to raise valuable funds for Starfish Greathearts Foundation, with a whopping final total of £3,150! Their fundraising helped bring life, hope and opportunity to vulnerable children in South Africa, and we couldn't be more grateful. Read more about their amazing story here.
The December Challenge
In December 2013, Kieran Alger ran 31 half marathons in 31 days. This gruelling challenge required lots of training, preparation and protein! He began on World AIDS Day in Hyde Park with a group of sporty supporters. His final London landmark run on New Year's Eve covered St. Pauls, Tower Bridge and Big Ben. He raised an incredible £2,400 but there is still time to donate! Find out more about Kieran's December Challenge here.