I spent the early part of this year working on our RNLI account’s Mayday fundraising campaign, and in that time I’ve really got to know what it’s all about.
As part of the project, we assembled a “fundraising pack” for people who were interesting in getting involved with Mayday. Naturally, I ordered one for myself, to see it in the paper flesh.
So there it was, at my front door, marketing at me to “fundraise, lifesave”. A very convincing line even if I do say so myself. After writing for so many weeks about the volunteer lifeboat crews, I felt very connected to the cause and felt that I could and should so something to show my support.
We ran 10k for the RNLI dressed as Captain Birdseye and his Fish Finger
We dithered about what fundraiser to throw. I briefly considered a cake sale and then promptly remembered I can’t bake. I toyed with the idea of a bring-and-buy sale but then remembered I possess nothing of any value. I thought about busking, but then remembered my singing voice is more akin to Dirty Harry than Debbie Harry.
So a fun run it was, which we completed in a Personal WORST time for us both, finishing 10k on 29 May in 1 hour 2 minutes. However, spare a thought for the quite unwelcome insulation of a plastic beard and captain’s jacket, or a sleeve of padded orange tunic might bring.
It was a great day out, my main memory of the day was people going “oh you must be hot!” reminding me of my ongoing torment.
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