From 23 – 25 October, we invite you to join us for an epic weekend cycling extravaganza and go the extra mile in solidarity with mothers2mothers’ (m2m) frontline health heroes. Are you up for the challenge?
As COVID-19 hits the African continent with full force, the more than one million women, children, and families we serve need us more than ever. Our frontline staff – the amazing women living with HIV we employ as Mentor Mothers across 10 countries – are bolstering sub-Saharan Africa’s under-resourced health systems while supporting their clients to stay healthy and safe in the face of two pandemics—COVID-19 and HIV.
Mentor Mothers often cycle far and wide to reach marginalised and vulnerable clients, so this October we are asking you to pedal with us towards our goal of zero transmission of HIV and COVID-19. Not a cyclist? Don’t worry, you can run, swim or row to make your miles count. Will you join us?
We’re challenging individuals around the world to get moving for m2m – in any way you like – to raise much needed funds for m2m and our frontline staff.
This challenge is open to everyone, no matter where you are or your fitness ability. So, why not get your friends and family together to take on the challenge and help us cover more miles than ever before to support m2m’s frontline health heroes!
While the COVID-19 pandemic means Cycle2Zero cannot take place as planned in one of the countries where we work, we want to keep the wheels moving and invite even more people to get on their bikes, or any other form of exercise, and take on the new [email protected]. It doesn’t matter where you are or how you get involved, we want to see you move for a cause. And don’t forget to tag m2m on social media using #Cycle2Zero.
By taking part in [email protected], you’ll be making a huge difference to communities in sub-Saharan Africa affected by HIV and COVID-19. You can join in, wherever you live, with whomever you like – family, friends, colleagues, or by yourself.
You are invited to complete one of three challenges:
- See how far you can cycle in an hour and beat that in your next hour!
- Time laps of your local park
- Lie on your back and do bicycle legs for 45 minutes
- Run or walk 5 miles and set yourself a time limit
- Swim 20 lengths of your local pool
- Kayak, swim, or paddle board
Taking part as a family or team?
- Plan a family bike ride at your favourite park
- Climb a local mountain or hilltop together (Fun Fact: did you know the distance across Lake Malawi is over 46 miles?)
- Organise a relay race
- Set yourself a challenge to only reach friends by bike or foot and ask them to sponsor your efforts
- Find out who can run around the garden the most times
However you take part, move for a cause with m2m this October. Register here.
Follow us on social media and tag us in your [email protected] photos – don’t forget to use the hashtag #Cycle2Zero!
Put the FUN in fundraising. If you are taking part in [email protected], get your friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor you – and encourage them to take part too! If you’re based in Europe, click here to set up your JustGiving page, or for those in the US, set up a JustGiving US page.
If you’re looking for creative ways to help boost your fundraising, why not try one of the following ideas…
*For those of you living in cities where social distancing is in place, please adhere to social distancing rules.
Could equip one Mentor Mother with a smartphone and tablet, plus fund training on how to use mobile health apps to reach the most vulnerable clients in a socially distanced world.
Could buy five bicycles for Community Mentor Mothers to reach women and families in remote and marginalised communities.
Could train four women living with HIV as they begin their transformative journey to become an m2m Mentor Mother – frontline community health workers who protect communities from not only HIV, but now also COVID-19.
Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, m2m has been scaling up its response, adapting its services, and protecting its clients and frontline team – the women living with HIV we employ as Mentor Mothers who have been designated as ‘essential workers.’
With your support, Mentor Mothers can continue to support women and families to stay healthy and safe during this global health emergency, and beyond.
Together we can make sure we leave no one behind.
From 23-25 October, we’re asking company teams to use their pedal power and join m2m for our biggest challenge yet.
To take part in m2m’s workplace challenge:
1 – Beginners: The Teddy Challenge
Mentor Mother Teddy Atim travels 5 miles to get to the health facility where she works in Uganda, every day. Can you cover the distance she travels each week, 50 miles, over the weekend?
2 – Intermediate: The Esther Challenge
Community Mentor Mother Esther Anyango cycles 10 miles to reach the health clinic where she participates in facility meetings. She does this four times a month which is around 75 miles a month. Can you cover 75 miles over the weekend?
3 – Experienced: The Harriet Challenge
Harriet Mutesi, travels 10 miles a day to reach the health facility where she works, that is almost 200 miles a month. Can you cover 200 miles over the weekend?
Start a team, inspire your colleagues, and sign up now!
Sponsor the event: Partner with us on [email protected] and put your brand front and center on every step of the journey.
Get in touch! If you would like to find out more about the [email protected] workplace challenge or sponsoring the event, please contact Kasia Bailey: [email protected].
Set up your JustGiving page and share far and wide to boost donations
Keep an eye on the weather forecast for the [email protected] weekend
Want to pedal indoors? No problem. Shop for bike stands on Amazon Smile & a % of the sale goes to m2m.
If you’re pedaling outside, make sure to always wear a helmet. Shop for helmets on Amazon Smile & a % of the sale goes to m2m.