Get moving with the Walk ABC Challenge and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support
Starting on Monday 1 February, walk, jog, run or push a pram virtually around the borough over the next 10 weeks and raise vital funds for the Lord Mayor’s charity.
With lockdown restrictions extended until early March, the Walk ABC Get Moving Virtual Activity Challenge is a step in the right direction to keeping you and your family physically fit and mentally strong right through until spring.
“This initiative could not have come at a better time and I hope it will incentivise as many people as possible across the borough to remain active over the next few months as this will benefit their physical and mental wellbeing during this latest and, for some people, hardest lockdown period,” commented Lord Mayor Councillor Kevin Savage.
He continued, “Last month, we launched our Get Moving ABC Framework which sets out a vision for making ABC the most physically active borough in Northern Ireland over the next decade. This initiative fits in with the overriding objective – provide more opportunities for citizens to get moving and stay moving throughout their lives.
Throughout this pandemic, we have organised a number of virtual challenges – all of which have been very popular. So I hope Walk ABC will encourage individuals and families to take up a new challenge and raise funds for a worthy cause.”
You can do this challenge by yourself at a cost of £5 or £10 for a family with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. A record sheet and map will be provided for the purpose of keeping a record of miles covered and visualising your virtual journey around the borough. You also have the option of joining a private Walk ABC group using Strava – an online application designed to record miles using a GPS signal.
While the aim is to cover as many miles as possible, you and your family can do it at your own pace by picking a destination to reach or setting yourself the ultimate challenge of covering the entire 150-mile boundary of the borough.
However, participants are required to adhere to current restrictions while undertaking this challenge. Outdoor exercise is permitted with members of your own household or with one person from another household. Stay local and do not travel more than 10 miles from home. If crowds make social distancing difficult, you should find an alternative place to exercise.
On completion of the challenge, you can submit your record sheet as evidence of miles covered and receive a Macmillan Cancer Support medal. If registering as a family, each member signed up will receive their own medal. All medals will be posted out to participants.
To register for the Walk ABC Challenge, visit www.getactiveabc.com/hw_programs/walk-abc-challenge/
Should you wish to use this challenge as an opportunity to raise additional funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, you can make a donation when you register or you can use the sponsorship form at www.getactiveabc.com/hw_programs/walk-abc-challenge/