Can’t make it to the Village for the Challenge for Hope? Take on the Virtual Challenge!
You can join a team of Village supporters from around the world so that no matter where you are, you can help the families at Give Kids The World.
You can walk a 5K, cycle, skip rope, swim, whatever challenge you want to set yourself, from anywhere in the world. Virtual Challengers receive a limited-edition Challenge for Hope medal. Medals and incentives will be mailed after your challenge takes place. If you organize your own local Challenge for Hope event, please email Omar Elkalyoubie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
After participating in the 2015 Gingerbread Run, loyal Give Kids The World champion Kristina was eager to race again the next year.
But in 2016, Kristina lost her grandfather, Phil.
“To be honest, I was conflicted as to whether or not we should fundraise in light of everything that has happened. After much thought, I decided that Phil would be very disappointed if we didn’t,” said Kristina. “He too was a dedicated supporter of Give Kids The World, and, along with my nana, generously supported this cause.”
Kristina and her husband decided to run in Phil’s honor. The year’s heartbreak reminded her that memories with loved ones are precious. Participating in the race empowered Kristina to help to fulfill wishes and make memories for families that have children battling life-threatening illnesses.
When race day rolled around, Kristina was in Rome, Italy. Instead of putting her visit on hold, she laced up her sneakers and ran a 5K that was full of sight-seeing.
Kristina raised a total of $7,460 to support Give Kids The World in 2016, helped tell our story more than 5,113 miles away from the Village.
Brenda and Eddie from Winnipeg, Canada are parents to four wonderful children. The family visited Give Kids The World Village in February 2017 for 7-year-old Aidan’s dream to visit Walt Disney World.
After experiencing the magic of the Village, the kids continue to talk about the memories from their visit. To celebrate these memories, Brenda and Eddie have organized a virtual challenge.
“Eddie and I wanted to come up with a way we could give back and pay it forward. Both of us are passionate about running, and we run for many different reasons, including our health, to spend time together, to be with friends who share the same passion and to fundraise or bring awareness to a cause close to our hearts.”
The family invited anyone and everyone to participate in their virtual challenge by walking, running, biking, swimming or way they choose to move. The virtual challenge is both international and local.
The goal of this year’s virtual event is twofold: to raise awareness about Give Kids the World and to help more children and families by giving them a week of escape at the storybook Village.
“It is our hope, that others across the nation get involved in their own towns or cities when they see how easy it is to get the word out and organize their own virtual challenge. It doesn’t have to be a huge event,” said Brenda. “Get a group of people together, and see what amazing things can be accomplished!”