Challenge yourself to make a difference

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On 7 September 2013, Francois Aguerre of Coller Capital completed the ten peaks challenge, an 89-kilometre course through the peaks of the Brecon Beacons.

After three hours of sleep for a 4:00 am start, Francois began the course, with a cumulative ascents of 4,800 metres. The weather held out for the most part, despite a wet forecast, but Francois still had to contend with strong winds, temperatures at the peaks approaching zero degrees, navigating his own route, and various injuries along the way, not to mention that a large portion of the course was undertaken in the dark. Still, he stayed strong and 22 hours and 15 minutes after setting off, he crossed the finish line.

Francois had been participating in these types of events for quite some time, when one day a colleague suggested that he make his hobby even more useful by raising money for charity. He chose to donate to Impetus-PEF after learning about its venture philanthropy model and its focus on supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Challenge events are powerful because not only do they raise money for charity, but they also encourage others to get involved. Francois hopes that his efforts will help draw attention to the need for professionals to volunteer their valuable time and day-job skills, a key component of the Impetus-PEF model.

A donation to Impetus-PEF is unique because its model allows it to leverage every pound donated. Impetus-PEF supports charities and social enterprises through a combination of support from its in-house management team, pro bono expertise and strategic funding. Impetus-PEF identifies organisations with high potential for social impact and then works with them towards clearly defined goals to improve their capacity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people living in poverty.

Challenge events are a great way to combine activity and excitement while also making a contribution to society. There are a wide range of options, endurance challenges like the Ten Peaks, marathons, triathlons or even skydiving. Yet, a challenge event also requires dedication and commitment. As Francois says, “The most difficult part by far is the training. Even though the race is long, the training is much longer and very lonely.”

Challenge events are not only about those undertaking the challenge, but also those supporting them. Fundraising since June, Francois managed to raise over £7,000 from 106 donors in aid of Impetus-PEF. Thank you to everyone who supported Francois and Impetus-PEF with their donations.

If you would like to undertake your own challenge in aid of Impetus-PEF, please get in touch.

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About The Author
Zoë joined Impetus-PEF in 2015, originally as Communications Officer. Zoë manages the organisation’s digital communications (website and social media) and line manages an apprentice for the Public Affairs team. She also supports brand, design, print and film. Zoë has held communications and policy positions with various NGOs including Street Child Africa, Advocates for International Development and Chance for Childhood. Zoë holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics and Law, as well as an LLB in Law (European and International) – both from the University of Sheffield. She also studied abroad in Australia at Griffith University. Zoë loves learning languages and travelling. Follow Zoë on Twitter: @zoenorthridge

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