More tales of derring-do from the lovely people in the O2e camp. The O2e community has been out and about training and preparing and doing extraordinary things to help improve the lives of terminally ill and disabled children. I hope you enjoy reading the latest news, but please feel free to email me if you have items for future newsletters. Number 4 includes a profound and heartfelt letter of thanks from ELHAP, one of our 2019 charities and who we are continuing to support in 2020. It’s a reminder of what your donations mean to predominantly small charities, making a huge difference to what they, in turn, are able to do for terminally ill and disabled children on your behalf. Give yourselves a big pat on the back.
And for anyone reading this who has not committed to an event, remember the hardest thing to do is make that initial promise to yourself.
Thank you from ELHAP
O2e wristbands all over the world – spreading the word
And many more sightings on a delightful little video prepared by Anthony Padgett:
Can be found HERE
Heidi’s CASPA pancake day fun and frolic
A fabulous time was had by many people who turned up to the CASPA café at Anerley Town Hall on Shrove Tuesday to have a lot of pancake-orientated fun (including a three-legged, pancake-tossing race), followed by some delightful O2e pancakes. Host with the most was Heidi, who is affected by autism and for whom CASPA represents a wonderful oasis of calm where she can express herself and develop in a safe and supportive environment. O2e supporters Lee McGinley, Chris Ensom, David Plews and Chris Johnson (to name just a few) joined many others, including CASPA students, to ensure a flipping good time was had by all. Well done to Heidi and CASPA for setting up this event for O2e. Donations still being gratefully received : CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Delyse preparing for 60th Big Kevs ride
Sue’s Smarty Challenge
A terrific fundraising idea from O2e superstar, Sue Smith
This is a bit of fun fundraising for chocolate lovers of all ages; Sue bought a box of 12 Smartie tubes online – they worked out at 43p per tube. She handed them out to family and friends and asked them to fill the emptied tubes with 20p pieces once they’d eaten the chocolates. Each tube holds £13 in 20p as it happens!! Sue’s friend, Angie Pierce, who is a newbie to O2e this year, was the first person to return a tube of assorted currency to the tune of £21. What a terrific idea for youngsters to raise money for children less fortunate than themselves? With thanks to Sue, Angie and all the Smartie Challengers. Everybody could have a go at this……
Thomas Quirke 50k run
A soft spoken young man from Ireland was introduced to me at the Launch Night. No, not the start of a joke, this is the start of an amazing sporty endurance challenge under the O2e banner. Young Thomas, a newbie to O2e and Siobhan Carroll’s significant other, will be running an ultramarathon with a difference on 19 September up in Scotland. The original challenge, pulled out of the Lucky Dip hat at Launch Night, was to do three tough mudder events in 2020. Thomas being a bit of an athlete has decided to do the equivalent of five 10k tough mudder events IN ONE GO!! The Spartan Ultra OCR race involves competitors running 50k and overcoming 60 obstacles in the process, which will be astonishingly difficult. Thomas has a just giving page and a huge target of £1,000; let’s get him up there for this one. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-quirke1
Fantastic challenge Thomas, best of luck with your preparations.
BRC Hills Challenge Ride
Jack North and Angel Huizar running the London marathon
Ollie Wade goes dry for February 2020
The Giving Machine
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Lots of love
Chairman DD Big Cheese xx