New Charity Target- Raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia!!

The Background:

Earlier this year I was over the moon to tick off one of the most rewarding items from my list; Number 4- Raise $100,000 for Camp Quality!

Comprised of items that I’d never experienced before, the fact that I’d never raised any money for a charity prior to my journey meant that this charitable item was an easy addition to the list. Sharing similar values on happiness, laughter and optimism, the choice to support a charity that helps kids and families affected by cancer was again an easy choice. Camp Quality are awesome!

As the story goes, the initial target was just $10,000 but in less than one year I’d already reached this figure thanks to the generosity of people following my own journey of 100 Things. In addition to 10% of my speaking fees being donated to the cause, a great movement had surprisingly began. As such, it didn’t feel right that I simply tick this item from list and be done with it, so I quickly decided that I should raise the bar. The new goal immediately became to raise $100,000 for Camp Quality.

Ambitious? Yes, but why not?

Unbelievably in much the same manor as the initial $10,000 target, I recently found that I’d reached the goal of $100,000 without breaking into a sprint. It was one of my proudest moments of my journey and I thank everyone for helping us get there.

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This in recent times has left me in a similar predicament to before; with such an epic goal being achieved, should I just tick this item off and be done with raising money for worthy causes, or should I look at raising even more money?

The answer is just as obvious as before- it’s time to raise the bar- again!

Alzheimer’s Australia

100 Things is a journey that has grown incredibly from when it started 4 years ago and with people from all warps of life now engaged on a global level, I see an opportunity to raise money for a variety of charities across various issues.

The first step of course is to find another charity and with plenty of fantastic causes out there, it’s actually a personal family event that has prompted the next phase of fundraising. Diagnosed with the younger onset of dementia, it’s my Mum’s current situation that has me proudly announcing today that I have chosen to now raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia.

Altzheimer’s Australia fight dementia head on. A disorder affecting the brain, dementia is a disease that takes the third highest amount of lives of any disease in Australia. More commonly know to be a condition that causes memory loss, it’s symptoms go far deeper. With 1,700 people diagnosed weekly and already over 300,000 people suffering, there is currently no cure.

How Can I Raise $100,000 for Altzeimer’s Australia?

For a journey with no plan, 100 Things has taught me that the most important part of any goal is the act of committing. The rest tends to fall into place as it needs once the first step is taken.

After giving a keynote talk recently to the world’s largest fitness industry convention, I was contacted by a lady named Jane who was sat in the audience. Jane as it turns out runs a gym, called Fitness Energy, in Melbourne and offered to run a fundraising event for the cause of my choice. Having learnt to embrace the unknown of opportunity, I flew down to Melbourne and met with Jane at her gym. Needless to say I quickly found Jane to beĀ  a fantastically driven, passionate and generous individual.

The outcome of the trip was immediate….

The Plan:

From midday on November 15 until midday November 16, Jane and myself will be running continuously on treadmills with the aim of raising $50,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia.

In a room of 16 treadmills in total, we are inviting YOU (and everyone else) to join us. We are selling 30 minute spots on all of our treadmills to anyone who wants to come down and exercise for a cause. If you can’t run, you can donate easily and for those of you who fancy promoting your business, you can also sponsor an individual treadmill!

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In short, we’re attempting something challenging, fun and silly, all for a worthy cause.

We’d love you to join us.

All details can be found HERE

Thanks in advance!

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