Epic Challenge


GFA Director

Starting on Monday 10th July, Guernsey FA Director, Warren Mauger will be undertaking his latest ‘EPIC’ charity fundraising challenge.

Along with his fundraising colleague, Philip Smith, Warren has already challenged himself physically and mentally with other ‘EPIC’ events and since 2014 have now raised over £80,000 for worthwhile and deserving charities. The first endurance based event in 2014 involved the duo completing a marathon each day, for seven consecutive days, which helped to raise over £21,000 for two nominated charities; This Is EPIC  and The HUB. In 2015, the second high profile challenge was ‘EPIC48’ event, which involved a 40 hour non-stop run helped to raise over £35,000 for four charities, being:

This Is EPIC – Working to end poverty for individuals and communities in a sustainable way.

The HUB – Providing a safe place for young people in Guernsey to get advice & support.

NSPCC – Helping children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives.

Dreams Come True – On a mission to bring joy to seriously ill children and young people

Warren outlined how and why this journey began:

‘For us, the why is simple, but the journey to discover the why has not been simple. First of all, it is not about running, swimming or cycling. It is about us using challenges as a vehicle to help change as many lives as possible. We have realised that when you combine purpose and challenge yourself to be the best you, the outcome is often a positive change in your life and positive change in the lives of others. Since starting out on our journey in 2014 we have always aimed to have a positive impact in everything we do. Our challenges and events have helped people in Guernsey and across Africa. We have also seen the intangible benefits of our work where people have started to push themselves in their own ways as a result of involvement in our events or children who believe they can achieve their own dreams because they met someone who inspired them at our events.’

Looking ahead to the latest upcoming challenge, the ‘EPIC Week’, which is unquestionably going to be the most challenging to date, Warren added that:

‘We are calling on you to take on a swimming, cycling, running or walking challenge which takes you out of your comfort zone and pushes you to go further than ever before. The challenges will be self-managed and we have provided a selection of options in terms of distances as part of the registration process. We are asking people to sign-up for their own 7-day EPIC Challenge to raise as much money for charity as possible.

Sign-up as an individual or a team for this unique community event and challenge yourself to do something you have not done before, raise money for two amazing charities and inspire others to be active and take on new challenges. We have provided a selection of swimming, cycling, running and triathlon distances to select as your 7-day EPIC Challenge. If a distance is not listed then please email hello@thisisepic.gg to request a distance to be added to the challenge options.’

The ‘EPIC Week’ is raising money for two Guernsey based charities, This Is EPIC and Guernsey Mind with all money raised will be going directly to the following projects:

This Is EPIC

This Is EPIC will use the money raised to implement a new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 10 new savings and loans groups will be started which will impact more than 2000 people as well as a positive impact on the wider communities. The DRC has been chosen as there is a big problem with integrating women who have been the victims of sexual assault and this project will work with them to empower them to become financially independent and support their families and provide services for the community. Without this they would be ostracised by the community and left to fend for themselves, which would be almost impossible.

Guernsey Mind

Guernsey Mind will use the funds raised to invest into a community project to provide support services for the mental health of adults with Autism and Asperger’s. Guernsey Mind will increase the hours of a person working for the charity already and train them specifically to provide support in this area. They will also work with Autism Guernsey to make sure they provide the best possible service. Often people with these conditions get treated for either the communication difficulty or the mental health condition. However, there is a complex dynamic between the two, and the more support a person receives for their mental health the less they will need to access specialist services. The funds raised will enable Guernsey Mind to run the service for an initial 2 years as part of their Community in Mind project. 

To sign-up for your own EPIC challenge, please visit www.epicchallenges.gg

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