The Story so far......
YEAR #1: Challenge12 beings...
After taking part in numerous charity events over the years, Challenge12 organiser Andy Connolly had the idea to try and participate in 12 challenges across a year in an effort to encourage fundraising for various charities. After discussing the concept with his friend, Paul McKeown, the two formed Challenge12. The aim was to take part in 12 events, attempting to raise £12,000 by 12th December 2012, all the while recruiting friends and family to take part.
It wasn't always easy and both suffered their share of bruises, cuts, injuries and exhaustion but managed to successfully complete all 12 challenges and beat the £12,000 target.
While Challenge12 was only ever meant to be a one year project its success in the first year lead to it's continuation in 2013 and beyond.
YEAR #2: Challenge12 Continues.....
After it's first successful year in 2012, Andy decided to continue the project. While the target had been beaten in the first year, the project wasn't perfect and changes were made.
The major change was the introduction of the Captain system. The charities has mostly been picked at random in the first year with a few exceptions and it was decided that 12 Captains would take responsibility for each challenge in 2013 and then they would pick the charity. This allowed Challenge12 to help individuals and make it more personal. The Captains were each given a £2000 target per challenge/charity and were asked to help with recruitment.
This allowed Challenge12 to not only beat its new, larger target of £24,000 but actually do so significantly, with the final amount raised being close to £36,000.
Plans also started for C12Education, which was successfully launched in the beginning of 2014. C12Education (or C12Ed) is a workshop designed to target school (primary or secondary) and teach the students that anyone can make a positive change in the world.
YEAR #3: C12Ed Launches and the most successful year yet!
The third year of Challenge12, was by far the most ambitious. With a new target of £36,000 and new challenges, we certainly weren't as confident that we would be able to make it through.
However, yet again we were able to beat our target and ended up on almost £42,000, bringing the grand total of three years of fundraising to £90,000.
We were able to launch our new initiative as well: C12Ed. Piloting the workshop in 5 schools in London, we are now ready to launch it in a bigger scale in our four year!
Challenge12 continues to grow and expand.
YEAR #4: The 12in12 launches and a Guinness World Record
Another year, another successful 12 challenges. The captains of 2015's challenges, really pushed themselves harder than ever. Some even created their own challenges in order to push themselves!
We also became world record holders in 2015! Working with a couple of companies and a London school, we became GWR record holders for the largest blanket fort!
2015 also saw a new project: the 12in12. C12 founder, Andy Connolly, took to the road with James and Rich to do 12 challenges in 12 days!
And of course, we once again beat our highest target, crossing the £42,000 mark bringing the grand total raised to over £130,000!!!