If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the smallest things can make the biggest
impact and there’s no better example of that than Run for Heroes.
That’s the charity which started the infamous 5km running challenge – Run 5, Donate 5,
Nominate 5 – during the first lockdown.
What started as a plan to raise £5,000 for charities at the beginning of the Covid-19
pandemic went completely viral on social media, becoming a major fitness motivation and
fundraising tool for more than a million people.
Since its humble beginnings in 2020, Run For Heroes has raised more than £7 million for NHS
Charities and founder Olivia Strong has been awarded an MBE.
After the success of the original fundraiser, the nation is once again being encouraged to get
active in the name of charity as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
Run for Heroes is launching its latest challenge by turning the month of May into a
celebration of physical activity with their 5kMay campaign. Everyone is invited to take part,
including Animals in Need Donegal supporters.
As the name suggests, it’s all about getting fit and hitting that 5km target. It’s not just about
running though – you could walk, roll, skip or even swim your 5 kilometers if you wish! All
that matters is getting your body moving and raising vital funds for a charity of your
Run For Heroes has partnered with a host of charities across Ireland for 5kMay, such as
Animals in Need Donegal, with participants encouraged to consider donating to causes
such as Animals in Need Donegal after completing their challenge.
Last year’s fundraising was unfortunately impacted due to Covid-19 and we love the idea of a healthy fundraiser that everyone can get involved in from kids to family pets whilst maintaining social distancing. We hope with the funds raised we will be able to set up Donegal’s biggest Trap, Neuter, Release program including longterm care for feral cats which we believe will benefit everyone in the community. – Gitte Mcmullin, Animals in Need Donegal
You can take part on your own or as a group, donate your €5 toAnimals in Need Donegal, then nominate 5 friends or family members to complete their own 5km challenge.
With famous faces like Mo Farah, Ellie Goulding and more backing previous Run For Heroes challenges, you may even spot a celebrity while out on your 5kMay journey.
Sign up to the challenge at www.runforheroes.org.uk now!