An amazing £10,953 (and counting!) has been raised via the 2.6 Challenge to enable support for young people to continue.
To the table tennis gamers, 26 tshirt wearers, stair climbers, cyclists, skippers, quizzers, hair shavers, Zumba dancers, bakers, plankers, runners and everyone else who took part in and donated to the #TwoPointSixChallenge – thank you! Thank you for believing in young people enough to take action and become #MYZHomeHero’s.
All fundraising from the #TwoPointSixChallenge is enabling us to continue to support young people during this crisis – and beyond. We have spent the last few weeks launching ‘Virtual MYZ’ to make sure we are still able to be there for young people whether that be as someone to listen to them, support them, or keep them entertained with our activities.
Richard Marsh, CEO of MYZ said ‘This is a first class result from our first campaign of this kind, this is the first time we have called on supporters far and wide and we are humbled that so many people have chosen to support the work we do to benefit young people by making a contribution financially or with their time. They say that you can rely on your friends in times of crises, we’ve certainly never needed them more than now, and this demonstrates the creativity and support that is out there. A huge thank you to all friends of MYZ who got involved – members, volunteers and supporters.’ Coronavirus has disrupted the life of every child in the country. This crisis has hit the most vulnerable young people the hardest. For lots of young people, home is not always a happy place, routines have been disrupted and the face of support delivery has changed completely. Richard goes on to say ‘This is the beginning of a long road to recovery for the Youth Zone – the cancellation of flagship events and fundraising opportunities has been a real blow to our income which enables us to deliver quality support to young people. We don’t know what the next few weeks or months have in store, but we do know that we will continue to do everything that we can to be there for those who need us the most.’
The #TwoPointSixChallenge was set up as a national campaign, by the organisers of the London Marathon to Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events said: “For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year. One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. “We hope that The 2.6 Challenge…will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before.”
MYZ continues to digitally offer one to one support, group activities, daily challenges and specialist sessions such as art, cooking, music and fitness to keep young people engaged, connected and supported during this time.
If you’d like to find out more about how you might be able to get involved, whether that’s volunteering, fundraising or any others ways you might think of – please do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org