You might have seen the #TwoPointSixChallenge hashtag floating around social media and emails over the last few days, and wondered what it’s all about.
We at Spirit certainly have. We’ve been inspired by the creativity of the campaign and by the thousands of people taking part to raise over 1 million pounds for charities across the UK.
What is it?
The 2.6 challenge gets its name from the scheduled date of the 2020 London Marathon – 26th April – and its 26-mile length.
This year’s event would have been the 40th edition of the London Marathon, which is a huge event in the charity fundraising calendar, raising £66.4 million in 2019 and more than £1 billion since the first race in 1981.
2020’s London Marathon has now been postponed to October. However, the original date resonates strongly with runners, spectators, and charities across the UK, who have been organising, attending, and promoting fundraising events throughout the year in preparation for the day.
The 2.6 challenge harnesses the power of this significant event to raise money for charities across the UK, many of which face closure due to the impact of Covid-19. The campaign challenges the public to invent activities based on the numbers 2.6 or 26, and to fundraise or donate via twopointsixchallenge.co.uk.
The challenge is open to all ages and abilities – to find out more, see the fact sheet here.
Suggestions from Spirit
Here at Spirit, we’re committed to supporting projects that inspire creativity, help people to get active, and bring people together to create more connected communities. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of 2.6 challenge ideas based around these areas.
Feel free to use any of our suggestions. You can tag us on social media if sharing your challenge (@Spiritof2012, @Spiritof2012hq) and use the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge to promote the campaign.
Good luck and remember – you can donate to any participating charity, search here to find out which charities are taking part.
- Throw a ball 26 times with someone you live with (standing approx. 2.6 meters apart for SD)
- Do 26 kick ups
- Throw and catch a ball 26 times, with someone you live with or by yourself
- Dance (seated or standing) for 26 second bursts – do this 26 times throughout the day(s) as your daily exercise!
- Go for a 2.6 mile walk, or a 26 minute walk
- Run around your garden, balcony, or kitchen 26 times
- Do 26 minutes of stretching or yoga to relax one evening
- Choose 26 objects (could be a pen, water bottle, plant, kettle etc.) and do 26 quick line drawings of each
- Sing 26 seconds of 26 songs and ask someone (in real life or over the phone or video call) to guess which song you’re singing
- Read 26 books over 26 days on My Well Read
- Use 26 objects to create a Music At Home song – see this amazing My Pockets music video for inspiration
- List 26 songs you love and why you love them
- Write 26 poems or short stories
- Spend 2.6 hours (2hours 36 minutes) watching listening to your favourite songs
- Hold a 26 minute Zoom party with a friend or family member
- Check in on 26 people over 26 days – this could be friends, family, neighbours, and could be over text, the phone, video call, or simply dropping a note through the door
- Learn to say hello in 26 languages
- Draw 26 (or 2.6) rainbows to display on your window or door. You’ll connect from afar with neighbours you might not have ever met
- Share 26 funny or uplifting videos with your friends or families
- Set up a game of doorstep bingo with 26 of your neighbours! Find out more here
- Organise a virtual book club – choose a book to read and discuss it for 2.6 hours with friends or family