Spring is here and with it a whole new range of opportunities to get active and enjoy the outdoors. If you need a little bit of extra motivation to train for that 10k, a bike race or a challenging climb, try adding some meaning to your training by doing something for a cause or charity you’re passionate about.

Not sure how to do that? Take some inspiration from these three fundraising campaigns that are making an impact, one step at a time!

“Les Fab4” Marathon Training Challenge

Marathon training is tough. It takes dedication, perseverance, and a ton of running! Sophie, Sarah, Heather and Kyla — aka “Les Fab4”— decided they’re up for the challenge. On May 3, they will run the BMO Vancouver Marathon alongside thousands of other passionate runners.

To keep their motivation up and stick to their intense training schedule, Les Fab4 decided to turn their athletic ambitions into charitable impact for Fast and Female, a charity founded by Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford. Fast and Female’s goal is to empower girls aged 9 to 19 to stick with competitive sports and feel strong, work toward goals, and have persistence and self-confidence.

Have a look at Les Fab4’s Giving Group to learn more or support their fundraiser and follow their journey at @lesfab4 on Instagram.

Kili Climb for Amani 2015

Conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is a big dream for many mountain climbers. And in July, that dream will come true for another eight adventure seekers.

The team will be lead by Live Out Loud Adventures, an eco-friendly, low impact travel company that believes in giving back to each destination.

To do their fair share, all eight climbers have set up a Giving Group to raise money for the Limestone Learning Foundation and the Amani Children’s home,  providing  homeless children in Tanzania with a nurturing home to grow and learn.

 To get a real sense of their fundraising efforts’ tremendous impact, climbers will visit the Amani home on the first day of their trip and meet the children they’ve helped.

Find out more about the climb!

SPARK IT FORWARD Race

The Enspiring Race from Gary Boun on Vimeo.

If you’re in Vancouver this weekend, don’t be surprised if you find a bunch of people racing around town performing random acts of kindness. Participants in the only race that gives back are grouped in teams of four and complete “kindness” challenges together along the way this Saturday, April 11.

For the last weeks — and as an entry requirement to the race — teams have raised money for Vancouver’s Dress For Success, helping disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support. So far, $12,853 have been raised.

Help SPARK IT FORWARD reach the $13,000 mark.

 

Ready to start a fundraiser of your own? Get in touch and we’ll help you get started! Call us at 1-877-531-0580 or send an email to hello@chimp.net.

Roundup: Getting Active For Good

Category: PeopleCharity Matters