Members of the Jersey Sport team will be taking part in the 2.6 Challenge, this coming Sunday 26 April, to raise money for local charities.
The world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, the Virgin Money London Marathon, was due to take place on Sunday 26 April, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused its cancellation, along with the cancellation of fundraising events across the world. The 2.6 Challenge has been created to help save charities, at a time when many have had to reduce or stop their services, at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most.
Catriona McAllister, CEO at Jersey Sport said, “Anyone of any age or ability can get involved and take part, but we’re reaching out to our friends in the local sporting community to get involved and support this very worthwhile initiative. We know how sports people like a good challenge!”
The 2.6 Challenge is based around taking part in a physical activity connected to the numbers 2.6 or 26, which people complete on Sunday 26 April – the day the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.
It could be something as simple as pledging to walk, run or cycle 2.6 miles as part of your two-hours daily exercise, doing 26 press-ups, or taking part in an online exercise class for 26 minutes.
People then donate to their chosen charity once they have pledged to take part in the challenge. Jersey Sport are supporting three local charities with their pledges – The Beresford Street Kitchen, Jersey Hospice Care and The Salvation Army – but people can choose to donate to whichever local charity they would like to support. The idea is to raise funds for local charities, at a time when they need them most.
Catriona added, “We’d love to see as many local sports people taking part as possible to raise money for our local charities And please share your photos or videos of your 2.6 challenge on social media using the official hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge along with #JerseySport, to help inspire others.”
For further information about the 2.6 Challenge, please visit: www.jerseysport.je/the-2-6-challenge/