Adventure charity sets lockdown challenge to boost funds

An organisation that thrives on delivering outdoor experiences is asking people to take part in a virtual challenge to combat the impact Covid-19 has had on their fundraising efforts.

Outdoor learning and adventure charity Outfit Moray, which is based in Lossiemouth, is asking people to take up a challenge to cycle, walk, run or paddle 96, 250 or even 500 miles – while staying at, or near, to their home.

Community and Corporate Fundraiser, Karen Cox, explained: “Like many small charities, the coronavirus lockdown has had a huge impact on our fundraising ability.

“We want to ensure we are able to weather this very difficult storm, so this July we are asking people to cycle, run, walk or paddle the distance of either the North Coast 500 (500 miles), NE250 (250 miles) or the Moray Way (96 miles) to raise vital funds for us.

“People can take part on their own or they can combine their miles as part of a virtual team or household and we hope lots of families will enjoy it as part of their daily exercise. Perhaps they could even use it for their home-schooling and include some geography or maths lessons?”

CEO Tony Brown said: “Whilst our usual programme of outdoor activities is currently suspended, we have been delivering cycling sessions to the children of key workers in the local school hubs and Bike Revolution were able to service and repair over 40 key workers’ bikes thanks to funding from Cycling UK.

“Our comprehensive programme of life-changing outdoor learning activities is unique to Moray and we are heavily relied upon by local schools and youth groups, as well as families.

“With fundraising severely limited during these difficult times, we are hoping our Summer Challenge inspires people to support us.”

Participants can download and print off a calendar to keep track of their distances and Outfit Moray have set up a Virgin Money Giving page to link any fundraising too.  More information or to sign up, please visit our website: www.outfitmoray.com/summer-challenge or get in touch with Karen Cox, karen.cox@outfitmoray.com

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