As many like Chris and I, we have a a bucket list, have a dog as a best friend, settle by the beach, be charitable, help others, have enough income that leaves us comfortable, enough to have the ability to go on holiday, buy gifts for friends and family just because, give back to the world, earn enough to work less so we can focus on our passions and enjoy life.
Also on that list is to do something epic, a challenge that is greater than the norm, something that truly puts the body and mind through hell but leaves us in a position where we can give back to the world. Raise as much money and awareness as we physically can, `but also do something good, make a change, something that can continue to make a change and via a documentary have something to leave behind that hopefully inspires others in the future and all over the world.
So when we first decided to tick a few of these bucket lists off, we thought we may aswell kill a few birds(not real ones obvs, hastag vegan) with one big, idiotic, painful stone. Run across the UK as inexperienced runners, promote sustainability, the environment and plant-based living over our socials and in action, to raise as much money and awareness as we possibly can to our three selected charities.
I was 12 when I was diagnosed with diabetes and it was hell, there are so many side effects of having type 1 diabetes, other than the obvious of, sugar levels, carb counting, feet, eyes, the highs and lows, I’ve struggled with anxiety, depression, the constant worry of “is the insulin working, do I have enough spares with me, do I have sugar? And that’s just to list a few. But I have never ever let it stop me from doing anything, even if you don’t have that state of mind, the technology that is being developed every day is there to make life with diabetes easier and with the help of JDRF(one of our charities), hopefully eradicate diabetes once and for all.
JDRF is a non-profit 501 organization that funds type 1 diabetes(T1D) research, provides a broad array of community and activist services to the T1D population and actively advocates for regulations favorable to medical research and approval of new and improved treatment modalities. They fund T1D research to improve lives and one day eradicates the condition for good.
I have surfed on and off for a large majority of my life and the ocean is something I feel very passionate about, not just personal reasons of enjoyment, clarity, a place I can go and feel completely at ease but as of late we have been educated on the environmental side of it all and how important the oceans are and how much we as humans f*<£ing suck.
Surfers Against Sewage are a community dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife. They fight long and hard to protect what we love and they won’t stop until it’s completely clean, safe and protected for everyone, forever.
The third charity is The TSA (Tuberous Sclerosis Association) provides support to those living with Tuberous Sclerosis. Their mission is to ‘Provide hope for today and a cure for tomorrow’. The TSA funds and supports research of new treatment and works with those battling with TSA to help them manage the effects their condition has on their life.
The TSA is a foundation that is close to home, Chris’ brother Rob was diagnosed with Tublerous Sclerosis at just 10 months old and he’s rolled through many highs and lows as a result ever since. Robs condition can effect his ability to learn, his confidence in social situations and his vision. The condition also encourages the growth of tumours that effect major organs. All in all, it’s pretty shit, but boy is Rob resilient! His resilience provides inspiration for Chris, especially amongst injuries that pail in comparison. If he can power through, so can we! So join us as we chase a change, help us raise as much money and awareness for our charities and cause and if you can share our story, tell the masses, it would be hugely appreciated, oh and we love you all loads.
Thanks so much for all your continued support and extremely generous donations but we are still a long way off. So dig deep, and make others dig even deeper as when we run an ultra marathon every single day for 7 days, we are going to be at the bottom of the barrel and every penny we can raise will make that pain a little less painful.
BIG LOVE x