While [21:21] started off as a singular entity, it’s since grown very much into the multiple. From following on Twitter & becoming a fan on Facebook, through to strangers donating to the fund or friends jumping on board the challenge band wagon, [21:21] has definitely grown since its inception.
Since January when it all kicked off, I’ve had various messages of support, varying from, “I can’t believe what you’re doing you nutter – on your proverbial bike if you think I’m running in Dubai with you. But to make up for it, here’s some cash for H4H” right through to “this is something pretty special – I’m really proud of you for doing this. In fact, I want to do some challenges with you”.
But recently I received an e-mail that really blew me away. My housemate Joe has really gone and knocked it out of the ball park – he’s nominated me to be an Olympic Torchbearer. An honour like this doesn’t come round that often (well it hasn’t in the last 27 years of my life, so I can’t imagine it’s going to come back round soon). The London 2012 Olympic Committee are looking for 8000 people to help carry the Olympic Torch around the British Isles in the run up to the 2012 Games. They’re looking for local heroes who could be contributing to the local community or inspiring people into sport.
Before I get too carried away, this is 8000 people from the population of the UK, so needless to say, places are limited. However, I couldn’t not give a shout out to Joe, given his nomination entry:
Ben is an inspiration to all that know him as someone who is going above and beyond the limits of his own physical and mental capabilities to help those in dire need. He is performing 21 challenges in 21 months in order to raise money for Help for Heroes. He is paying for his own race entry fees and transport to all events to ensure that the all the money raised goes to H4H. He’s already completed challenges like, climbing Kilimanjaro, and the following year will see more of the same hard work and determination for those in need, from the 3 peaks to the gruelling Dubai marathon. This opportunity would not only raise the profile of the work he is doing for charity, but would also be a great way to acknowledge him personally and the difference he is making.
Whether or not I get chosen to be a Torchbearer, the fact that [21:21] has inspired even just one person enough, shows me that the hard work, sweat, and aching legs are all very much worth it.
Help for Heroes [21:21] Challenge