Dentaid has launched a 32km virtual fundraising challenge as demand for the charity’s services continues to soar.
Supporters are being asked to run, cycle, walk or even skip 32km – either in one go or over several days – at home, in the garden or their local area. Everyone who takes part will pay a £40 participation fee, which includes a medal and a vital contribution to Dentaid’s work, and no sponsorship is required.
“Sadly, the third lockdown has again hampered our fundraising programme but that doesn’t stop you from joining in at home or as part of your daily exercise,” said the charity’s events fundraiser, Kelle Russell. “And since adults typically have 32 teeth, we thought that one kilometre per tooth was a great way to start this virtual fundraising challenge. Or it’s 20 miles if that makes it sound more manageable!”
Since the pandemic hit, Dentaid has seen a steady increase in requests for dental clinics for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. The charity’s mobile dental units visit soup kitchens, night shelters and hostels with volunteers providing emergency dental treatments, oral cancer screening and dental health advice.
“We are determined to carry on our work – helping as many people as possible to access safe, emergency dental care and oral health advice,” added Kelle. “Sadly, the latest lockdown again means that we’ve had to postpone fundraising events and make changes but the 32km challenge is a simple, safe and fun way for people to fundraise for Dentaid at this crucial time for our charity.”