30in30 – the running challenge that is being undertaken by our Director of Sailing Danny Watson. Each day over 30 days Danny will run a minimum of 26.2 miles – some of his runs will be ultramarathons – to raise money and awareness of the work of CatZero in delivering lasting personal change, transforming the lives of those most in need in the Humber region. What a feat – and today we start a series of blogs as the marathon man’s preparations continue during the week he celebrated his 50th birthday…
“MY WHY”… people may question my drive, what makes me rise to the sound of my 4.30am alarm call six days a week, to pull on my running gear and finish a hot drink of lemon and ginger before opening the door into the dark for another run. The answer will be understood by all of those who are associated with CatZero.
As a child, I was privileged to be raised in a family environment, which was happy and secure. Perhaps naively there are many, like me, who grow into adulthood under the assumption that everyone enjoys this similar background. It is when you immerse yourself into the work of an organisation such as ours, that you open your eyes to a reality that is far different.
There are so many individuals and families out there who need additional support to help them step on to an alternative and better pathway, and I am extremely proud of the work we do here at CatZero to assist that progression, which not only helps the family unit, but also inputs into positive community change.
My 30in30 challenge is to raise awareness of the need for this work, and the need for money to be raised which can ‘match-fund’ the grants we receive and enable an increasing number of programmes to go ahead – helping yet more families and people in need.
So that is “MY WHY”, and that is the reason I will be out again tomorrow morning, as dawn breaks, battling whatever the weather decides to throw at me – it is about CatZero and our message of hope.