The type 1 diabetes community will be getting active in 2021 to mark 100 years since the discovery of insulin and help power the next breakthrough in type 1 diabetes research.
JDRF, with the help of fitness icon and JDRF Sports Ambassador Mr Motivator, is calling for supporters to get moving by taking part in the 100 Challenge, which aims to raise £100,000 to fund research and work towards a cure for type 1 diabetes.
To get involved in the 100 Challenge, supporters can pick a sporty challenge themed around the number 100. This can be anything from 100 gentle laps around the garden, running 100 miles over a month, or doing 100 star jumps or press ups every day for 100 days.
Mr Motivator, whose daughter has type 1 diabetes, is encouraging people to use the 100 Challenge to improve their fitness in the new year, whilst raising money for JDRF.
He says: “I’m taking on the 100 Challenge this January. As a father of a daughter with type 1 diabetes, I hope that, one day, they will find a cure. So why don’t you take on your own 100 Challenge this January and do something that benefits you by getting you fitter, but will also help JDRF. Say yeah!”
The campaign is also being supported by former EastEnders actor Jonny Labey, bodybuilder Khalid Keshta and Love Island’s Marcel Somerville, all of whom live with type 1 diabetes.
JDRF supporters have already begun their fundraising challenges. Four-year-old Sophie, who has type 1 diabetes, has completed 100 laps of her housing estate in Irvine, North Ayrshire, raising £175. Pupils from Forgandenny Primary School have taken on sponsored walks and bike rides, and Seren Ruxton and her family raised over £1,000 on a sponsored walk around the landmarks of Edinburgh.
Seren’s mum, Rachel, explains why the family got involved. “Seren was suddenly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 2020 and we’ve been trying to get to grips with how we keep her healthy and well. We were keen to do something positive and raise funds for JDRF, in the hope that one day there will be a cure for type 1.”
How to get involved in the 100 Challenge
- Pick your 100 challenge: It can be anything, 100 laps of your garden, 100 times around the cycle track, 100 hours on your indoor bike.
- Set your target: Aim high – our top 100 fundraisers will receive special thank yous and a medal! We also have some special incentive badges for each fundraising milestone you mark!
- Plan how you’re going to get there: When will you be doing your challenge? Is it over the space of days/weeks/months? Who can you approach to help with your fundraising? Friends, family, work colleagues, schools, local businesses – the possibilities are endless! Just make sure your challenge is done safely and within the government guidelines.
- Set up your fundraising page: We’re using the events and fundraising platform Enthuse to bring you the 100 challenge. The great thing about Enthuse is it will automatically create a fundraising page for you! Don’t fancy using Enthuse? Please feel free to use one of our other trusted fundraising platforms JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving.
- Keep EVERYONE updated with your progress: Whether you love a selfie on social media, email or text to all your contacts or just a natter over a cuppa – people will want to hear how you’re getting along, and photographs of your challenge can be a great tool to increase donations.
- Make it personal: Why are you doing this challenge? Is it for a family member or a friend or just you! Tell your story to inspire and encourage people to donate!
- Tell people what their sponsorship will help achieve: Money raised from your activity will be funding our world class researchers’ time in the lab. The more time spent researching the closer we get to the cure.
- Ask your employer about matched funding: Will they double whatever it is that you raise for JDRF?