Dig Deep! Take part in #5kMay

Are you willing to 'participate-donate-nominate' and make a real difference to people's lives?

As a local Gateshead charity we do everything in our power to stand up for equality and strive for our vision of a fair society for all, with lives well lived, but there's so much more we need to do.

The longer term impact of COVID-19 is only beginning to unfurl across Gateshead and we know that as support, such as furlough, is scaled back and the suspension on evictions is lifted, there will be an even deeper  impact on Gateshead families, their wellbeing, mental health and inevitably leading to poverty and homelessness. Many families will, as a result of COVID-19, experience new challenges that they simply don't know how to navigate. They need social welfare advice and we can provide it with your help.

We have to be ready now, for what is to come soon, and to do this we need your help.

Our annual Dig Deep campaign and the #5kMay challenge is about raising the money we need to help Gateshead families to not just survive, but to turn their lives around. The more money we raise, the more we are able to dig deeper, to understand and eradicate the individual causes of poverty for each family and help them to find a new way forward. Every £1 we raise, we turn into £24 of gain for families and children who need our help. Every pound raised allows us to invest in advisers to help people when they need it the most.

What are we asking you to do?

STEP ONE: Run, Walk, Roll, Swim, Skate, Ride ... whatever ... 5k
However you want to do it, do some exercise and cover 5000m. It doesn't have to be out-and-about (do it in your garden?) and it doesn't have to be all at once (split it into 1000m chunks?) but it does have to be 5000m. Be inventive! Have fun!

STEP TWO: Donate (at least) £5 to Citizens Advice Gateshead
When you've done your 5k donate £5 (or more if you want to) to Citizens Advice Gateshead through our #5KMay donations page - you don't need to pay this yourself if you can find someone willing to sponsor you - and if you can find more than one sponsor then why not do more than one challenge - this could be your 50k May!

STEP THREE: Publicly challenge five of your friends to do the same!
And now the fun bit - jump onto the social media of your choice and challenge five of your dearest friends to do this too! Use the #5KMay hashtag. Make sure they have the link to make their donation and to send it on to their friends, who they challenge.

Can I do it more than once?
Absolutely! You can do it as many times as you want, as long as each time you complete a 5k and challenge five people, you donate (or are sponsored) for at least £5.

Get your friends, colleagues and family involved

Covid restrictions still apply to large groups gathering outside, but you can still get smaller groups together to go for a run or a walk. Going for a walk might make a great socially distanced way of catching up with  friends and colleagues who you haven't seen for a while. Maybe stop in the middle for a picnic?

Watch out on Citizens Advice Gateshead Facebook and Twitter for posts about the event and share them with your friends; a great way to get them to pledge!

Have fun, stay safe and dig deep!

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