Gung Ho is a fun 5k race event that puts huge inflatables in your way, guaranteed to make you laugh as you challenge your friends to be the first to bounce, slip, or roll your way to the finish line. Now we are asking supporters to join our team and raise money that can be put towards raising awareness of the deadly disease.
Gung Ho Manchester takes place at Heaton Park on 6 April, and then all over the country throughout the year.
One Meningitis Now supporter who will be taking part with a group of her friends is Kirsty Ermenekli, who lost her daughter Layla-Rose to the disease in 2017. Kirsty recently worked with us to produce a video of Layla’s dance troupe acting out the signs and symptoms of meningitis.
Kirsty said she wanted to take part because she wanted to help us to raise awareness about the disease. “This cause is so close to my heart,” she said.
“Meningitis Now is a great charity as they help people and families that have been affected by this awful illness.”
Kirsty has set up a JustGiving page where you can donate to her efforts.
Meanwhile, another Meningitis Now favourite, thirteen-year-old Tilly Lockey, can speak from personal experience about how much fun this challenge is.
Last year Tilly, who contracted meningitis as a baby and was fitted with bionic arms after having both her hands amputated, joined a team from Meningitis Now supporters to take part. Despite some challenging weather – including wind and rain – Tilly and her team had a great time. She told us, “It was so much fun! The rain and mud made it even more of a challenge, but I was so proud of myself at the end."
“I’m grateful that I survived meningitis, and I’m happy to do a fun challenge like this and help make a difference to others”.
Joanne Wilson, Community Fundraiser for the charity, said that taking part in a fun challenge like Gung Ho to raise money for Meningitis Now was a great way to make a real difference to the lives of people living with the impact of the disease.
To find out more about Gung Ho and how to fundraise while taking part please visit the Gung Ho website. To find out more about fundraising for Meningitis Now please contact Joanne Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the fundraising pages on our website.