How to support the Fire and Ice Challenge
This challenge is aiming to raise £50,000 for a truly fantastic cause for VSO - aiming to provide 1000 people around the world with the skills to get jobs, support their families and contribute to their communities. You can read all about VSO and this initiative on the 'VSO' page on this site.
There are three ways you can support this challenge:
- By making a cash donation on JustGiving
- Texting a donation using your mobile phone
- Doing a challenge of your own to raise money
This page provides details of how to donate and how to set up your own challenge to help support this amazing cause. 100% of all money donated to VSO goes to the charity. I am managing the costs of the challenges myself through corporate sponsorship and VSO are not contributing any funding to the costs.
There are some great prizes for those who choose to donate or set up an event, including a 32gb iPad!
Make a donation - JustGiving
By clicking on this JustGiving logo you will go directly to Paul's Justgiving page - a site where it is fast, easy and secure to make a donation and show your support. Please do give generously! more >
Make a donation - Text
You can donate anything from £1 to £10 using your mobile. Text 'POLE70 £10' to 70070 and you will directly be donating to charity. For more information on JustTextGiving
Do your own challenge event
The Fire and Ice Challenge is designed to inspire people to push their own boundaries and try things that they are not sure they can achieve. This could be running a 5k, walking for 20km, taking part in a triathalon, running a marathon, or even trying to run a 100km. Or if you just want to help fundraise and support the cause, you could do a bar night, organise a raffle, sell your homemade cakes... Whatever it is, do something to push yourself, join the adventure or support in any way you can.
It's very easy to fundraise for VSO through the Fire and Ice Challenge. Here is how:
1) Come up with an idea to fundraise for VSO
2) Set up a JustGiving Page (takes 5 minutes)
a) Click on this link to set up a page
b) Sign in or set up an account
c) Go to the bottom of the form and give the page a name (e.g. www.justgiving.com/'yourname')
d) Click create your page
e) Complete the details for your page... add photos, your story etc
3) Send out your page link to your friends and ask them to sponsor you!
In April 2013, Paul completed the Polar Race – walking to the Magnetic North Pole from Resolute Bay in Nunuvat (Canada). The 6 week challenge, ‘probably the toughest race on earth’ was followed by the infamous ‘Marathon des Sables’ (also ‘the toughest race on earth’), a 260km multi-day ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert. more >
Maps & Tracking
You can explore the full route to the North Pole and follow Paul’s progress with live maps that will plot his position each day as he progresses towards the pole more >
Paul trains for 15-20 hours a week to physically prepare for the challenges and learn the key skills he needs to survive and succeed in two of the harshest environments on earth. more >
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries (www.vso.org.uk). The Fire and Ice Challenge is aiming to raise £50,000 for VSO’s secure livelihoods programme more >