Two years ago when I proudly ticked off Number 4 from my list- Raise $100,000 for Camp Quality, I quickly decided that there was no good reason to stop raising needed funds for charity and so I elected to set myself the challenge of raising a second $100,000 amount for Alzheimers Australia.
Not many people know this as I haven’t spoken about it to many but the reason I chose this amazing organisation was because of my own mother’s health. Sadly three years ago at the age of just 57 years old, ‘little Mummsy’ was diagnosed with the early onset of dementia, a disease that is currently without cure, and to see and feel first hand the affects that it has not only on the sufferer but also those around them is something that no family should have to endure.
Alzheimers of course doesn’t only affect my Mummsy but almost 400,000 sufferers in Australia alone. It’s for this reason that all fundraising is crucial towards finding a cure and furthermore why with the support of the amazing community of 100 Things I am over the moon to announce that last week we finally reached the epic $100,000 target! I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a cheeky tear rolling down my face when the final donation was made!
The fundraising journey itself has once again been incredible and it shines a light on just how fantastic people can be.
A special mention has to go to an amazing lady called Jane Kilkenny who on behalf of her gym Fitness Energy in Melbourne, organised two separate events under the title of the ‘Ultimate Treadmill Challenge’. In short Jane set me a challenge of walking on a treadmill for 24 hours straight and with the company of thousands of people who came and walked next to me and also donated online, we raised over $80,000!!
Thank you to Jane and her awesome team and network of friends and clients in Melbourne (my feet are still sore!) for helping in such a significant way- you’re all awesome.
The final donation was also a great little story whereby I bumped into an old friend of mine called ‘Junior’ as I was preparing for a keynote presentation last week. Asking how I was doing with my fundraising goals Junior immediately said that I should let him know when i get to $99,000 at which stage he would donate the final $1000 amount- an amazingly generous offer! Looking at the tally immediately I saw that I was sitting at $98,887 and so within the minute I posted on my site and social media that all we needed was a one more donation of $113 and we would reach our $100,000 target.
Incredibly, within a few minutes I’d received five separate donations of this amount which I eagerly showed Junior and a sixty seconds later Junior had followed through on his promise and we’d done it! $100,000.
I want to take a moment to thanks everyone who was involved over the last 24 months with the support of this item, it really means a lot to many and hopefully one day soon there will be a simple solution to cure Alzheimers.
For anyone affected by this disease, please look at the Alzheimers Australia site for support. The are a great bunch!
Well yet again I’m faced with a situation whereby having now raised over $200,000 for various charities I see no reason to stop and so as the newest ambassador for Make-A-Wish Australia I am making a pledge to raise $100,000 for this amazing group!
Having celebrated World Wish Day on April 29th, I’m now looking at getting stuck into this new target and so if anyone would like to help us get there or would like to chat about getting involved and helping to organise an event or help me in any other way, please feel free to get in touch and let’s chat!
I have no idea how we’ll get there but i have no doubt that together we will.
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