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THE CHALLENGE | A Premium Mapped Virtual Challenge
February 15 - September 1€25
escription: Join The Challenge – a virtual mapped mission from Melbourne to Sydney along the golden south west Australian coastline with access to Google Street View along the entire route!
Total Distance: 1,250 kilometres (777 miles)
Activity: Cycle, Run, Walk, Steps, Wheelchair & more
Open to: Solo entrants or Teams of 2-10)
Start Date: 15th February 2021
Finish Date: 1st September 2021
Entry Fee: €25 per person
Ataxia Care Project* have utilised the expertise of Zento Event to create this special fitness virtual mission to help raise funds and global awareness for Ataxia.
Ataxia is a neurological disease that affects 1.7 million people worldwide. All able-bodied people of families, supporters, and friends on social media, along with Ataxia handicapped people (wheelchairs & scooters & helpers) worldwide, can join this new fitness challenge.
You can do it your way! Run, bike, walk and steps are just some of the activity options in this virtual fundraising fitness challenge – we have dozens more for you to choose from! Importantly, The Challenge has been carefully designed so everyone can take part virtually, in a safe environment – even at or in your home – and in a manner that fully complies with global COVID-19 guidelines.
*Ataxia Care Project/Martha Harlam is not liable for the production, registration or payment of registration fees for The Challenge.
TRACKING YOUR ACTIVITY
To track your progress you can input your distance on the website manually. But if you use a fitness app – e.g. Strava, Runkeeper, Apple Health, Garmin or Fitbit – you can automatically sync it to the event mapping technology (set-up guide provided after registration).
Throughout The Challenge you can track the progress of yourself, your team and others. You even get to see your virtual surroundings wherever you are via Google Street View.
The beauty of doing the challenge virtually is that you exercise at your own pace – and in your own space – in a way that fit around your other commitments and prevailing COVID-19 health guidelines. We also have a Pacer Icon that’ll keep you on target.
TAKE PART AS A TEAM
If going solo sounds like heavy work why not share the load with friends? You can set up a team for any number between 2 and 10 people. So just find a friend or two, register with a funky team name, send us a photo and we’ll set your team icon up ready for the launch.
Please note that we actively encourage Ataxia handicapped people to be part of The Challenge. When registering an Ataxia handicapped person can include their Caretaker as one entrant.
Ataxia disrupts the communication between the cerebellum and our muscles. It disrupts someone’s ability to control their body, to communicate, and to have agency over their lives. We are Ataxia UK. We disrupt that disruption. We fund medical research into finding a cure for the condition, and until we do, support anyone affected by ataxia.
Ataxia is a progressive, neurological condition that disrupts the messages sent from our brains to our muscles. Not just the muscles we use to move, but those we use to speak, listen and see. Over time, people with ataxia are slowly imprisoned in their own bodies, losing the tools they once had to communicate with loved ones. At the last, the heart grows weak, causing an early loss of life. More than 10,000 people in the UK live with ataxia. It’s hereditary, it’s progressive, and to top it all? There’s no cure.
But there is hope. Research we fund into finding treatments and a cure for ataxia are moving ever closer to success, including stem cell therapy and gene therapy. By collaborating with ataxia researchers across the globe, and pharmaceutical and research organisations, we’re confident that a cure can be found.
If you would like to support our efforts to raise funds specifically for scientific research into Ataxia please ask friends and family to use this link: https://www.ataxia.org.uk/donate-to-ataxia-research/
ONE TREE PLANTED
To support a better world Ataxia Care Project will pay for One Tree Planted to plant FIVE TREES for each participant who completes The Challenge by 1st September 2021. Finishers will also receive a certificate from One Tree Planted to authenticate the planting in their name.
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees in areas that are in great need of them. We plant around the world to help with restoration from forest fires and floods, as well as contribute to creating jobs, building communities, and protecting habitat for biodiversity.
To learn more about our Plant Trees for Chimpanzees project, run in conjunction with Jane Goodall, and the other projects we’re running in Africa, please visit www.onetreeplanted.org
A message from Martha at Ataxia Care Project: My mission statement – Leaving a Legacy for Life!
Because of the hereditary nature of Ataxia, it was suggested to me NOT to have children of my own. By following the neurological advice – the ataxia gene after me, Is dead. The buck stops here! The One Tree Planted organization has added to my ability to leave a new kind of living legacy – TREES ! Donate to the fundraising page created by GoFundMe to support on the ataxiasurvival.org website for Ataxia + Trees!
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO BE PART OF THE ACTION
Follow the Action List steps sent to confirm your registration
Sign up and/or join My Virtual Mission to use the map
Sync your favourite fitness app with My Virtual Mission (optional)
Ask friends and family to sponsor and/or join you on the challenge