One sunny Sunday in October, Cate and Lily, two determined ten year olds from Leicester, cycled 16 miles, asking their friends and families for donations as they did so. Together, the pair raised £113 - a great achievement, well done and thank you to both of you!
On 8th September, a team of intrepid fundraisers donned their Skillshare vests and ran 13.1 miles around London, taking part in the Run to the Beat half marathon. The course started and finished in the scenic setting of Greenwich Park and wound its way around the Docklands. Music stages dotted along the course provided music and motivation for the runners, helping them to keep on going even when the going got tough and the hills got steep!
Huge thanks are due to Anna, Hodi, David, Hannah, Mike, Elaine and Claire for taking on the challenge and, together, raising almost £2,500. Well done!
On a sunny day in April, Mike Rondas took on the ultimate challenge and ran the Virgin London Marathon 2013 for us! Impressively completing the run - his first marathon - with a smile on his face, Mike raised over £1500 for us in the process, and, undaunted by the aches and pains, even signed up to run the Run to the Beat half marathon for us in September. Thank you Mike!
... Ankur Gupta and Maddy Wright, who got married in September 2012. Instead of setting up a gift list, Ankur and Maddy asked their friends and family to make a donation to Skillshare. Through their generosity they raised over £2,000 for us - fantastic news, thank you to Ankur and Maddy and everybody who donated!
... Emily and Tamar, who raised over £1,500 to support our work by asking guests to make a donation to Skillshare International instead of buying a gift to celebrate their civil partnership.
... Ruth Kidd, who completed a very chilly Christmas Day sponsored swim in the Irish Sea - just a couple of months before she left for India, where she volunteered to help raise awareness of health issues in one of the country's poorest areas.
On 19th September 2010, Cathy Lowe ran the Great North Run, raising more than £600 to support our work.
On 15th August 2010, Joelle Turner from Leicester started a six-day trek towards the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, due to altitude sickness, she was unable to make it to the top and at 3,700m had to turn back, yet she still managed to raise more than £1,000 for our work - a fantastic effort!
When she ran the London Marathon, Maddy Wright raised more than £870 to support our work. Thank you Maddy, and everyone who donated to her cause!
Katie Allan (left) raised over £300 when she braved an icy outdoor swimming pool with her friends Sarah and Hazel in London - in December! Katie is currently volunteering with Skillshare International in Kenya, where she is supporting the Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Project as a Communications Officer.
Skillshare International's staff and supporters ran the Delhi half marathon in India. Together they raised more than £650 to support our work with indigenous Tribal communities and survivors of human trafficking.
Sammie and Anna raised £660 in the Dublin marathon to support our Coaching for Hope programme, which uses the power of football to raise young people's awareness of HIV and build valuable life skills.