MONEY. How do I get some?
There’s the question for you.
You want to raise money for a good cause.
You have decided to take part in or to organise a sponsored event, so that visible actions can encourage others to donate money.
What better idea then, than to subject yourself to the torture of running up steep inclines, along narrow cliff-side paths above rocky shores, and pounding along shingle beaches until your feet are battered, bruised, and blistered; sweat blinds your eyes; and a succession of midges and mosquitos have decided that you look particularly juicy and tasty.
And yet the challenge that many have taken up this year is the one of a sponsored walk to traverse the sixty-odd miles of Ceredigion’s coast path from Cardigan in the south to Ynyslas in the north.
So far this year a number of challengers have taken on the feat and, while not all have succeeded in making the whole journey inside 24 hours, those that have completed the journey have all discovered that a short wiggly line on a flat piece of paper is considerably more than that when translated into geography.
On June 21, Claire Tregear, a midwife at Hywel Dda UHB, took on the challenge. After 60 miles on the hottest day of the year, where temperatures topped 32 Celsius, Claire made it to Ynyslas to leave Marie Curie Cancer care over £2,600 better off.
Over the next couple of weekends yet more intrepid fundraisers will be putting their best feet forward and marching north to Borth and beyond.
This weekend, July 8-9. Five workmates from First Milk in Haverfordwest will brave the coastal path’s perils and ponies to raise money for a variety of good causes.
Alexander Keattch, Sion Roberts, Ken Campion, Dean O’Keefe, and Andrew Morrillo are walking for different charities. Alex, aged 31, is taking on the hike for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide; Sion walks for LATCH, the Welsh children’s cancer charity; Dean and Ken are both tackling the route for the Motor Neuron Disease Association; Andrew is walking for paediatric physiotherapy at Withybush and RDA Pembrokeshire.
And they will not be alone on their travels along the thin thread connecting north to south along the coastline.
Five other friends, this time from Ceredigion, will also be taking on the coastal challenge.
Builders merchants manager Mathew Morgan, teacher William Bowen, builder Gareth Owen, solicitor Alan Lewis and care director Neil Griffiths will be raising funds for Cardigan Cancer Care, Cardigan Swimming Pool and the local branch of the RNLI.
On July 15, David Maund will be going uphill and down dale to raise money for the Breast Care Unit, Llanelli, Aberaeron Swimming Pool, Swim Narberth and Newcastle Emlyn Swimming Pool.
To all of those taking part, The Herald wishes the best of luck and that there is cold and refreshing beverage waiting at the other end.