Our doer of the month for August 2015 is Sophie Cardinal who ran in the 5k in Gosport. We were thrilled that her race went well and that she set a new personal best.
Sophie used Do Nation as she wanted to do a sponsored run but didn’t want to raise money – she wanted to raise actions. Before her challenge she managed to raise 38 pledges – this equates to 4,457 kg CO2 saved in just two months.
That’s the same carbon as is emitted by 9 flights from London to New York by plane.
After her challenge we spoke to Sophie – “Often people feel powerless when it comes to climate change but using Do Nation as a platform for my 5k, really helped to show me, my friends and family how important the little actions are in helping to look after our environment.”
You can see Sophie’s challenge here.
What does it mean to be a doer of the month?
We really like to celebrate our most enthusiastic and inspirational Doers. So each month, we reward our the person or team who collects the most pledges with a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!
Could you be the next to scoop the title?
What better way to celebrate turning 30 than by running 42.2 km? Well that’s what Kim thought before taking on her first ever Marathon up in Edinburgh. She finished with a fab time of 4 hours and 8 minutes. Congrats Kim, consider the Ben & Jerry’s a birthday gift from us!
In support of this challenge, Kim’s friends made 25 pledges on Do Nation, saving 1,228 kgCO2
in the process.
Holly had a fab first month of her year long challenge. Kicking off the Year of Eco Challenges with the effort of creating ZERO PLASTIC WASTE! You can follow Holly’s progress on her blog. We’re all wishing you the best of luck for the rest of the year!
See Holly’s challenge page
This month in a flurry of pledges and confetti we see our first ever couple winning the Doer of the Month for their wedding. The lovely Lindsey and Paul tied the knot on the 4th October and invited friends and family to trade the traditional gift list for a pledge on Do Nation – congratulations to you both!
Lindsey and Paul saved 1,799 kg CO2 from 42 pledges
Last year, Zoe set herself a big challenge: to complete a different ‘Eco’ challenge every month for the whole year. Following the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle, Zoe switched her lifestyle from ‘green’ to eco-queen. Encouraging friends and family to join her on the journey, she blogs about it all here – it’s inspirational stuff!
Zoe saved 5,723 kg CO2 from 41 pledges
This month’s top Doer is Ed Perrin who accidentally found himself running the Run Hackney half marathon after his wife sneakily signed him up! He still did a splendid job training and raising pledges though – even managing to persuade four separate friends to switch their energy supplier to a greener one. Good on yer Ed!
Ed saved 3,481 kg CO2 from 48 pledges
After years of running halves, Clarissa decided to go all out by running the Edinburgh marathon. Working through a dodgy knee, and lack of music Clarissa was able to beat her set time of 5 hours comfortably, as well as getting over double the amount of target pledges! At the last minute she bagged an extra 20 pledges, securing herself a years supply of ice cream.
Clarissa saved 2,311kg CO2 from 65 pledges
This was Llorenc’s first ever marathon and he found it tough – but ultimately came out on top with a year’s supply of ice cream. Having promised his sponsors he’d make 10 pledges himself if he reached his target, the tables have turned and Llorenc is now Walking on, Stepping Up and Driving smartly amongst other things! Way to lead the change Llorenc!
Llorenc saved 4,672kg CO2 from 79 pledges
The competition was most definitely on this month with Freya, David and Eliott battling it out for the title of Doer of the month. Eliott finally came out on top after sharing photos of his spectacularly muddy run with friends and family. Looks like his entire office also got involved with hopes of digging into some of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Enjoy!
Eliott saved 2,344kg CO2 from 92 pledges
Sinead is hitting the big 50 this year so she decided to make it a year of doing challenges: mud runs, triathlons and bike rides galore. She started it off in full swing with 10k on a very wet and windy New Year’s Day, completing it in a fantastic 55 minutes and 16 seconds. You can follow her ‘Halfway to One Hundred’ challenge blog here. We have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear of Sinead!
Sinead saved 1,344kg CO2 from 35 pledges