“The Tubs” start their journey
Kirsty Norris and Elfreda Whitty both work as programme officers for Mary’s Meals, so they’ve seen first-hand the difference that fundraising events like The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon can make by supporting vital work in the developing world.
The pair have signed up to take on The Quadrathlon this year, and despite time-consuming field trips have already begun training and fundraising with enthusiasm.
Kirsty said: “I’d just come back from Thailand and Burma where I’d spent time with the partner organisations delivering Mary’s Meals to impoverished communities. When I got back and the impact of our programmes was fresh in my mind, I decided it was a perfect time to get in touch with my family and friends to explain why I was taking on this challenge.”
The Tubs (named after the location of the Mary’s Meals Liberia office—Tubmanberg) have activated their team page on Artez, as well as their individual fundraising pages, and training has begun.
In fact, the motivation Kirsty gained from seeing lives improve was enough to inspire her to find a gym to visit in Thailand, where she hit the treadmill and bike daily. Back home, she’s committed to intense spinning classes, early morning swimming, and strengthening sessions at the gym.
Elfreda is currently out in the field in Kenya and promised to squeeze in as much training as she could during her three-week visit. On her return, The Tubs will begin their joint training, which will include hikes with Kirsty’s two-year-old (two stone) toddler Jos on her back.
As the training continues, so will the updates. Kirsty has admitted that the first blog post was really just to introduce her new walking boots, but we’re confident that we’ll hear more about her gruelling efforts in the months to come.
So, if you’ve not sent your first email to let the world know about your fantastic decision to complete The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, now is the perfect time. The Tubs recommend sharing your fundraising target, as well as a little information about what certain donation amounts will allow each charity to achieve.
We’ll leave you with a motivational excerpt from Kirsty’s fundraising email — good luck with your own!
“… as always, I am amazed at the impact we are having in these places; children who may never have attended school are coming with the promise of a good meal, nourishing their bodies and minds. Wherever I go to see Mary’s Meals in action, I hear the phrase ‘it makes us happy’. It’s a great feeling to know our work makes children around the world a little happier each day.”