Ladies and gentlemen, we have lift-off! Our 125 day challenge started on Sunday and there was a frantic flurry of last minute pledges rolling in all weekend. Much to our joy and amazement we reached an unbelievable 140 sign-ups by the end of Day 1. That’s more than double the number we started with last year!!
So let’s have a look at what you’re all giving up for 125 days or 125 hours:
What you’ve given up
As you can see, the front-runner by far is chocolate and all things sweet, with a whopping 30 of you (23%) going without your sugar fix for 125 days or hours. Just think how happy your dentists will be!!
This is followed by coffee/tea or caffeine, with 14 of you going without a cuppa to warm you through this winter. Some of you have even extended that to ‘all hot drinks’ so no mulled wine this Christmas for you either
That leads us on nicely to alcohol which takes third place on the pledge count, with 12 of you (9%) committed to having a dry Christmas and New Year. Infact, many of you have birthdays and other special occasions to face before 8th March so we’re planning to post a ‘Top Ten Non-Alcoholic Tipples’ guide just for you (stay tuned).
Also making it to the leader board; smoking, cutlery, fast food, favourite snacks, shopping, Facebook/ Twitter, all beverages other than water (!!), swearing and fizzy drinks.
Then comes the truly unique and original selection of pledges; the ones that make us laugh out loud when they come in. You know who you are (17% of you). Here are some of our favourites…
Constance is giving up hoarding (read all about it here)
Josh, Alice and Sofie are giving up ‘controlled light’ (read here for further explanation!)
A puzzled Dave with knitting needles
Nat, Dave and Andy are giving up ‘not knitting’ – so they will be setting aside 10 minutes a day to knit together (with no previous knitting experience). They’re asking for sponsorship but will also try to produce something to raffle/auction at the end of it all. Watch this space…
Teenager Georgia has given up her social life, by vowing to read a book a day for the 125 days! Each book must be at least 100 pages long so this is no mean feat. We caught up with Georgia yesterday (Day 2) and she said, “I read Mockingjay, one of the Hunger Games books which is well over 100 pages, it’s close to 400! I’m reading a book called Once today, it quite hard to fit in the reading but I’m managing!”
Inspired? We are!
You can sponsor them here: CONSTANCE, JOSHUA, NAT, GEORGIA
Or it’s not too late to sign up to the ‘Give it up‘ challenge yourself, for 125 hours any time before 8th March. Go on, join in! In the words of a tweet we spotted from@BristolGinger;
“125 day Campaign from @One25Charity is one of the best fund/awareness raining ideas for a long time”
Why thank you Get involved!