The 2.6 Challenge
Join the nation for the 2.6 Challenge - take part in any activity of your choice to support CAFOD’s work with women, men and children living in poverty.
What is the 2.6 Challenge?
The coronavirus pandemic has caused thousands of fundraising events to be cancelled, including the London Marathon which should have been taking place on 26 April.
This will have a devastating impact on charities - losing billions across the sector in fundraising income. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events have come together to create the 2.6 Challenge to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities in these difficult times.
The 2.6 Challenge is for all ages and abilities. All you need to do is think of an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. You could walk 2.6 miles (keeping 2m from others!), hop 26 times, or do a 26-hour gaming marathon – whatever works best for you and whatever you will enjoy the most.
Just ask your friends and family to sponsor you and take part on or around Sunday 26 April. Anything you raise will make a huge difference to help us respond to the spread of coronavirus in vulnerable communities.
How to take part and become a home hero
- Think of an activity involving the numbers 2.6 or 26.
- Set up your fundraising page or donate to CAFOD.
- Once you've signed up, keep us updated with how you get on via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge and tag @CAFOD when you share any photos or videos so that we get to see your hard work!
- Ask friends or family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 challenge.
- Do your challenge on or around Sunday 26 April.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to take part in the challenge, you can still donate to CAFOD.
2.6 Challenge ideas
The 2.6 Challenge encourages people to get active, but absolutely anything goes – the weirder and more wonderful, the better.
- Run, walk or cycle 2.6 miles How to connect your fundraising page to Strava
- Flip a pancake 26 times
- Host a 26-minute fitness class
- Do 26 laps of your garden in fancy dress…26 times
- Hop, skip or juggle for 2.6 minutes
- Hold a 26-hour sponsored silence
- Hold an online workout with 26 friends
The main thing is to have fun and raise what you can. Please also stick within the government’s guidelines on social distancing and how to exercise safely during this time.