And the final 'GDA Turns 100' total is...
Back in August 2018 we launched our GDA Turns 100 campaign to kick-start our 100th anniversary celebrations. The campaign was inviting 100 different people to each take on a challenge - the challenge could be anything - swim, walk, bake, cook, craft, cycle, climb or give something up. Anything. All we asked is that each person raised a minimum of £100 to support the services GDA provides to deaf, hard of hearing and deafened people living in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.
Over the following twelve months, children, young people and adults from all over the county took on a eclectic array of different challenges, from a 'guess the number of sweets in a jar' challenge to cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats and everything in between.
Together the team of 100
- cycled 969 miles
- walked 161 miles
- ran 80 miles
- cooked for 17 hours
- slept under the stars for 12 hours
- spent 140 days learning BSL
- danced for 12 hours
- gave up something for 200 days
- crafted for 17 hours
- photographed in 16 different counties
- held a plank for 100 seconds
- hosted 4 raffles
- jumped out of a plane
- hosted 3 music nights
as well as yoga'ed, held jumble sales, hosted summer and Christmas parties, hosted dress down days, collected ink cartridges, jumped on a horse, gifted birthday donations, slimmed down, hosted street collections and gifted printing costs!
To support the campaign, the Windsor Family Trust, via the Gloucestershire Community Foundation (GCF), very generously offered to match the first £100 each of the 100 participants raised, meaning GDA stood to benefit from a further £10,000.
On Thursday 30th January, we gathered members of the GDA Turns 100 campaign together at the Lord High Constable of England in Gloucester, to say thank you for their astonishing efforts and to reveal the final total raised from the campaign. And today, we are delighted to let you know that the overall amount raised is... (drum roll)
This amazing total is by far the largest fundraising total GDA has ever achieved and we cannot thank each and every one of our 100 participants for all their help in making that total possible.
The GDA Turns 100 campaign wasn't just about the fundraising, it was about the community it built. People who we'd never met before, came in to the GDA family and joined us spreading awareness about deafness.
If you've been inspired by our GDA Turns 100 campaign and would like to do something to help GDA continue providing vital and life-changing practical and emotional support to the thousands of children, young people and adults living with deafness in Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, why not take a look at our SUPPORT US pages for some ideas as to how you can get involved.