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Featured Charity – Sparks

On May 2nd Sparks are hosting a fundraising walk across the Isle of Wight, so what’s the event and what does money raised go towards?

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The fundraising challenge

Walk, Jog, or Run it! A stunning backdrop for an endurance challenge, the Island’s 106 km coastal path heads out from Cowes, past the Needles, and on through areas of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular coastlines, dramatic white cliffs & sandy beaches.

24 hours or so later faster walkers will be boarding a ferry to complete the last few hundred metres of their epic challenge, exhausted but elated as they cross the finish line!

The charity

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research. 1 in 30 children in the UK is born every day with a condition that may affect them for life.

Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve children’s lives forever.

Since 1991, we have funded more than 275 ground-breaking research projects in over 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

Every child matters – that’s why we support research into any medical condition affecting children’s health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses

To find out more information regarding Sparks, simply click on this link to their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – ALS

*WARNING: The first video contains nudity and is intended only as an example of how far some took the ALS ice bucket challenge*

It’s the charity most regularly linked with the recent spate of online ice bucket challenges, with everyone and their dog taking a soaking in the name of charity – But what exactly is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.

With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.

To donate to the charity simply click here and follow the directions on screen.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Response to the Blasphemy Challenge

A little while ago there was a spate of videos circulating YouTube, where users renounced the religion they’d previously been affiliated with, usually Christianity, and pledged to live through their own intentions, with several followers of a specific faith fuming in their own follow-up vids or comments.

It was too good a wind-up opportunity to miss, so I made a video posing one of the besmirched masses to see what kind of reaction it would get, a couple of dozen mixed private messages (mostly people unaware that it was a spoof) and a handful under the video showed once again what a touchy subject this is to deal with – Take a look!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.