Charity challenge nets £6K in 50 days

Charity laps around Bayview as part of the EFYA challenge (pic by George McLuskie)
Charity laps around Bayview as part of the EFYA challenge (pic by George McLuskie)

A football-flavoured charity venture which kicked off at the turn of the year has scored a spectacular success.

And the next team effort has East Fife Youth Academy (EFYA) already looking ahead – not so much to the new football season as the festive season!

The first week of 2014 saw the launch of the ‘5k in 50 days’ challenge, combining fitness with the chance to make a positive contribution in the community.

People in Levenmouth and the East Neuk were invited to walk, run or cycle five kilometres a day every day for 50 days, or five kilometres 50 times, with a minimum of five times a week.

Just under £6000 was raised in total, with entrants gathering money for EFYA and also a charity of their choice.

The sums were divided in half for each, with over a dozen worthy causes benefitting.

Lorna McAuley, EFYA head, said: “Participants completed the gruelling challenge, walking in the January rain, raising a staggering £5988.50.

“We are very proud of all the participants and extremely grateful to them for helping raise much-needed funds for both the charities and the youth academy.”

Charities which benefited included Cancer Research UK, MacMillan Trust, Huntington’s, MS, the premature baby unit at Victoria Hospital, and more.

The exercise offered a personal health and fitness benefit and the chance to help a range of valid causes.

Lorna set the tone for the next venture by adding: “We have a new ‘get ready for Christmas’ challenge coming up very soon.”