You may have heard the buzz around the 2.6 challenge, and we are excited to invite you and your family to get involved this Sunday!
Sunday 26 April would have seen the 40th year of the London Marathon. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Virgin Money London Marathon, like other mass participation events, has been postponed. The #TwoPointSixChallenge is a way of bringing the nation together and inviting our incredible, generous supporters to be creative around the numbers 26 and 2.6 to raise much needed funds for Ibba Girls’ School.
You really can do whatever you wish, as long as your plans adhere to the Government social distancing guidelines.
Ready for some interesting (and sobering) 2.6 challenge facts? 26 is not only the approximate number of miles in a marathon, it is also:
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights article that protects the right to education and makes universal free primary education compulsory
- The number of countries in the world, including South Sudan, in which girls are more likely to be forced into early marriage than to enrol in secondary education
- Approximately the number of pounds the average South Sudanese person may earn in 6 weeks
- Approximately the number of miles of paved road in South Sudan when it became independent in 2011.
- The budget percentage which the South Sudanese government spends on education
- The number of million children born during the recent South Sudanese civil war
- The number of million people displaced during the first three years of that civil war
- The number of billion people in the world without access to adequate sanitation.
Here are some ideas to get you started. To help raise funds for Ibba Girls’ School, you can:
- Run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes
- Go up and down the stairs 26 times
- Email or text 26 people letting them know about the work of Friends of Ibba Girls’ School
- Hold a plank or a squat for 2 minutes and 6 seconds (ouch!)
- Do a 26-minute workout
Once you’ve completed your challenges, fundraised or donated, you can then nominate friends and family to get involved! Pass along the fun and include them. Make sure you tag us on Twitter using @IbbaSchool or on Facebook using @IbbaGirlsSchool so we can share what you’ve been up to.
Former professional rugby player and FIGS supporter, Ryan Manyika (former scrum-half for the Harlequins and the Zimbabwe national rugby sevens team, pictured) is kicking things off for us first thing on Sunday morning by seeing if he can run 6KM in 26 minutes or under.
By donating £26, £2.60 or whatever you can afford, you can help us make a real difference to girls’ education in the country which it needs it most.