Our wonderful fundraisers are making things happen. They have taken those crucial first steps to achieve something and that in turn leads to our beneficiaries being supported. Orlando would have been so very pleased on both counts.
Here’s an update on who’s doing what at the moment:-
8th September will see Luke Webb running the Medellin 42 kilometre full marathon in Colombia.
This is a great challenge as Luke will have to contend with a rather warm climate and push himself beyond the comfort zone. Luke is a dedicated athlete and an ardent supporter of Orlando’s charity. His fund raising page can be found :- HERE
21st September will be the turn of a team of “Old Grammarians” (former Grammarians – not old at all) who are doing a historic walk called the Templar Way. This 18 mile trail follows the Haytor Granite Tramway on Dartmoor and runs alongside the Stover Canal to Newton Abbot and then on to Teignmouth, Devon. Taking part are Orlando’s school friends : John Lamswood, Ben Lewis, (who did so well in the Paris marathon, also for Orlando’s charity) Richard Rowe, Matt Jarrett and Daniel Butt. We look forward to meeting the lads en route as they will pass near Orlando’s home and the base of the charity. Their just giving fundraising page can be found:- HERE
6th October is the day that Gemma Trodd will be doing the Cardiff Half Marathon for Orlando’s charity. Gemma has never done a half marathon before and is bravely challenging herself to accomplish this by striving to go further and beyond her comfort zone. This is excellent news indeed. Here Just giving page is here
1st December will be the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Race. Ex-Royal Marines Gavin Emmerson and Michael Holgate will be rowing across the pond in “Atlantic Patience” and will be raising funds for Orlando’s charity. This epic endurance event involves rowing about 3,000 nautical miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. Those of you who watched the DVD of Orlando and Ben’s row, in their boat “Go Commando” will have an idea of the scale of this adventure.
Boxing Day Rugby Match in Torquay
Once again Orlando’s school friends are doing him proud by organising this event, which will be kindly hosted by Torquay Rugby Club. The occasion will mark the 10 year anniversary of when the lads left Torquay Boys’ Grammar School and then went on tour in South Africa playing rugby. The famous photo of Orlando wearing the ‘fig’ leaf and nothing else is one happy memory of this magnificent trip organised by the school. It was after this rugby trip that Orlando came home, picked up his kit, complete with ironing board and set off up the road to Lympstone to make his future as a Royal Marines Officer. The Facebook Page for the match and info is here
Thank you all for making these things happen, for treasuring the memory of Orlando and for making the charity work.
Remember, all our fundraisers are entitled to a complimentary running vest – just start your fundraising page and contact us to let us know what size you’d like and where to post it to.