Fundraiser events are an effective way to collect funds to support the organizations and people who require money for different purposes. But ever since the Coronavirus pandemic has hit the globe, it has restricted us to the four walls of our home and made it impossible to organize such fundraiser events and help the society. In such a situation, this man ran half marathon inside an empty plane at 36,000 feet to raise money for cancer support.
Henry Kehr ran 13 miles inside an empty plane at 36,000 feet above the ground level for charity. The 25-year-old man traveled on an eight-hour flight from Atlanta to London, fighting turbulence, in a bid to complete a half marathon for charity.
When the young man noticed that a lot of fund-raising events have been canceled or postponed because of COVID-19, it inspired him to come up with such a unique challenge to support the charities who relied on donations.
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*UPDATE* Due to health and safety limitations of being up in the sky I have been advised that a half marathon is the maximum distance I'm allowed to complete due to being up in the air and the safety of everyone on board. Something a bit crazy and positive to take our mind off these difficult times! This year has been hugely difficult for everyone, especially those in the aviation industry, the impact of COVID has been devastating in many ways. It has had a huge knock on effect on the support of many incredible charities with a lack of fundraising events so I thought I would try and raise some money for a few charities close to me. My incredible inspirational Mum passed away 2 years ago from cancer which changed my life forever. She was cabin crew years before bringing me into the world and by undertaking this challenge I will be flying high with her every step of the way. A few of my amazing colleagues have inspired me to partake in this insane challenge. My passion for health, wellbeing and fitness has been a huge part of my life and now it is more important than ever. I have run many different races in the past including marathons but nothing quite as crazy as this. Out of pure gratitude for what our mind and body can achieve with strength and determination I am challenging myself to complete an ultra marathon in a cabin pressurised to around 6000 feet on an aircraft for an 11 hour flight. From take off out of Beijing to landing back into London Heathrow. Moving non stop on a mountain for 11 hours how hard can it be right? Il be doing this on the 13th July dedicating it to my amazing Mum, my fabulous colleagues and everyone who has been affected by this COVID crisis! All donations will be much appreciated (LINK IN BIO), so much love to everyone, I can't thank you enough for your support! Hope to see you on a flight very soon x @virginatlantic @virginholidays @macmillancancer #WEcharity #macmillancancersupport #ultramarathon #challenge #flying #wings #beijing #london #virginatlantic #virginholidays
Henry, resident of East London Docklands completed the run in 2 hours and 37 minutes and he was able to raise over $1,300 in memory of his beloved mother Tracey, who died in 2018 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Tracey was also a cabin crew member which made the challenge even more moving, and Henry decided to donate half the money raised to Macmillan, to help ensure the charity continues to support those impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
Henry said: “My incredible inspirational mum passed away in 2018 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and it changed my life forever.”
He further revealed that she had been a cabin crew member years before Henry was born and by undertaking the challenge, and while the run was hard because of the cabin pressure and turbulence, when he was in the sky, he felt she was with him every step of the way.
When Henry was inquired about the reason why he tackled such a unique challenge, he said when he saw a lack of fundraising events, he thought he would try and think of a different, socially-distanced way to raise some money for a few charities close to him, including Macmillan. He added that he had run many different races in the past including marathons but nothing as crazy as this.
If you are one of those people who can’t do a sky run but still wish to help Macmillan, there are other ways you can do to raise to support them, including hosting a Coffee Morning.
The charity is urging people to do whatever it takes to get involved and help them keep supporting people with cancer.
Emma Stokes-Heley, Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager for London, says: “Demand for our cancer support services is greater than ever, but, due to coronavirus, we are facing a significant drop in our income. That’s why we’re so grateful for the incredible efforts of fundraisers like Henry, helping us do all we can to be there for people with cancer now and in the future.”
She further added that they are doing everything they can to help address the immediate and unique problems that having cancer during this pandemic brings but they need everyone’s support and while not everyone can take on a challenge like Henry did, hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning is another way to show support.
In her words, “donations are vital to enable us to continue to be there with for people living with cancer.”