This year World YMCA has set an incredible test of combined walking power and stamina for YMCAs across globe to tackle. For on Saturday 2 June, staff, volunteers, young people and supporters will be aspiring to journey the combined distance to every YMCA in the world for YMCA World Challenge 2018.
Whether this is by running, walking, skipping, hopping, jumping, dancing or crawling, we want as many YMCAs and supporters to join us in fulfilling this unique ambition. With a whopping 75,000 miles to cover, this is an impossible feat for an individual in a single day. But by pulling on trainers, limbering up and joining together on a worldwide scale, we can blast this challenge out of the water!
The aim of YMCA World Challenge, which this year coincides with YMCA’s 174th birthday, is not only to empower young people, but to raise awareness and boost recognition of YMCA’s invaluable impact and services in our local communities.
This sounds amazing – how can I get involved?
If you are a YMCA: Take a look at this presentation, which features further details on the event and some inspiring ideas of how your YMCA can join in the fun. A number of YMCAs are already planning big events, including a 100km walk, a mountain climb, and a road run featuring aerobics, health check-ups, family planning services and HIV testing along the way. World YMCA has promised there will be prizes and awards for the biggest and best activities, so get creative!
For a whole raft of ready-made resources to help you promote your World Challenge event, click here. You can also use #ymcachallenge in all your publicity and to follow the latest updates on social media.
Here’s how to report your statistics and send in your photos:
- On the day: Send your photos and videos to this email address.
- By 11 June: Ensure you email the number of people who took part in your event and their combined distance using this Reporting Form 1.
- By 31 June: Complete and send the post-event evaluation, using Reporting Form 2.
And don’t forget to tell us what your plans are by posting on our intranet, George.
If you are a supporter: Why not get in touch with your local YMCA and see if they are planning an event? You can also help us spread the word far and wide and follow all the latest updates by using #ymcachallenge via your social media networks.