“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
The Full Story: This is going to be a reasonably short post, because I’m hoping if you’ve made it this far, you’ll read to the end.
This August, I will be “running for the Ridge“. This is an event taking place (virtually of course) where one can run, jog or walk any distance you like, as long as it is above 5km (3.11 miles) for Adults or 2km (1.25 miles) for ages 12 and below, wherever you like, anytime throughout the months of August and September.
For the last 2 months, I have aspired to be a healthier version of myself – I have managed to adopt healthier eating habits; removing a lot of the processed sugars and oils I was eating, not drinking alcohol during the week, always exercising at least once a day etc. and as a result I have managed to lose just over 12kg (26.5 lbs) and I feel so much better for it.
Running has been an instrumental part of the improvement in my quality of life and now I’m happy to be supporting something close to my heart with it.
So why this? What makes “running for the Ridge” special?
Well, because it’s in aid of Jacob’s Ridge – an animal shelter in Spain that, thanks to the impact of one nasty global pandemic, is sorely in need of donations in order to stay open and safeguard the well-being of the animals that it looks after, a cause deserving of support all in itself.
So that’s why this is special – because you can directly do something to:
- Positively impact the lives of rescued animals
- Positively impact your own health and mental well-being (in the form of exercise)
- Do something nice with friends or family (at a responsible social distance where necessary)
To me, this just sounds like the easiest decision ever; run/jog/walk a distance of my own choosing, on my own comfortable running route and animals benefit from that? Amazing.
You will even get an awesome sustainable wooden medal for participating! And the cost? 12 GBP per person. That’s it. You can even get sponsored by friends, family and/or colleagues too if you want to contribute more!
So that’s it. That’s all I wanted to say. I’ll be running for the Ridge this August and you know – if you have a spare couple hours or you enjoy walking/jogging/running alone or in a group, think about putting it to good use and let’s get out, have some fun and do some good!
You can sign up here: https://www.jacobsridge.com/product-page/run-for-the-ridge – just sign up on the site and they’ll send you all the instructions direct to your email.
If you do sign up, tweet me @PlantBasedSQL with your entry number and I’ll give it a big ol’ like! I’m number 21 🙂