An Oldham youth charity is calling on the local community to "proclaim their love" and help them walk 500 miles this weekend.
Mahdlo Youth Zone has been forced to postpone all fundraising events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the popular ‘Three Peaks of Saddleworth’ walk - which more than 200 people took part in last year.
This year, Mahdlo is asking everyone to walk, jog and run as many miles as they can on Saturday (4 July) to allow the charity to continue their work and support Oldham’s young people and their families.
Lucy Lees, Deputy Chief Executive at Mahdlo Youth Zone, said: “The Three Peaks of Saddleworth challenge is always such a fantastic event and we wanted to find a way for everyone to experience the positivity and energy of the event while everyone is staying at home and socially distancing.
“We can’t wait to see everyone’s pictures and watch the miles build up on the day! Keep an eye out for the totaliser on our website, and don’t forget to send pictures of you taking part in the challenge and tagging us on social media!
“In the current climate, fundraisers like these are absolutely vital to ensuring that Mahdlo can continue to support our 4,000+ members and their families through this difficult time. I want to say a huge thank you to our amazing Oldham community for their generosity and enthusiasm and we can’t wait to see everyone getting involved on the 4th July.”
Sponsored walk fundraisers will also receive a commemorative t-shirt and certificate for taking part in the challenge, as well as an invite to an exclusive celebration event once lockdown rules are lifted.
You can sign up for the Mahdlo 500 Miles Challenge by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
All you have to do is pay a £10 donation, enter your details, choose your mileage and start fundraising.
Mahdlo say it will be on hand to offer any support that people need - including advice on how to get started, and social media posts you can use to help raise awareness and fundraise.