The staying power challenge

WHAT IS IT?

New year, new you! Show us your Staying Power by giving something up for one whole month! What you give up is up to you; it could be anything, from your favourite sugary snack, to takeaways, online shopping or even…(dare we say it?) Netflix. Get your friends and family to sponsor you, or donate any money saved to ReachOut.

WHY TAKE PART?

Staying Power (also known as resilience) is something we teach our young people about. It’s the ability to stick at something and not give up. We think that it’s a pretty important skill. When you take part you’re not only raising for ReachOut and helping us to continue our provision for young people, but you’re also providing a very real example of good character.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

  1. Decide what you will be giving up for one month. 
  2. Pop your details below, we will send you some motivation to keep you going through the month, along with a personalised thank you.
  3. If you’re asking friends and family to sponsor you, set up your Just Giving page here

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