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How the Virgin STRIVE Challenge is raising awareness for life skills

8 July 2014: posted by BigChange

When we first started discussing the Virgin STRIVE Challenge in 2013, we always knew that we wanted it to be more than a fundraising event. We have a really ambitious target and we are going to do everything we can to reach it but there will be abother measure of success for the event as a whole and that is how many of our participants and donors really understand who is benefitting and why our approach to philanthropy can make a real difference.

In August 2014, a core team of 10 people will strive to reach the summit of the Matterhorn from London, entirely under our own steam. We will run, row, cycle, hike and climb over 1,000 km and will be joined by hundreds of others across the different legs.

This challenge is the latest event organised by Big Change. But it’s more than a physical challenge or a fundraising event, it is an opportunity to bring focus to an important part of young people’s development – Life Skills. We believe the journey is as important as the destination, and that by setting yourself goals and striving to achieve them, you learn vital skills along the way.

To bring this belief to life, a core group of 10 of us are undertaking a challenge. We’re going from London to the Matterhorn. But to make the journey a bit more interesting, we’re doing the whole thing under human power. Three marathons, a row across the channel, a cycle, a hike and a climb. Over 1,000 km travelled under our own steam.

We’re bringing together a group of people with inspirational stories of hard work, discipline and overcoming obstacles. These are people who have all strived in some way – from building successful companies to winning Wimbledon, they all have an interesting story to tell. If you would like to join them, then please read on!

To find out more about what we’re doing, visit the site