The A-K-A-Day in May challenge has returned for its second year in memory of Robert Rowan who tragically passed away in 2018 at the age of 28 due to an undiagnosed heart condition.
It is designed to encourage and support participants’ health and wellbeing throughout the month of May and aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get out and move for at least one kilometre each day in the month.
Last year the initiative raised a whopping £4000 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), with funds being directly used to fund three heart screening sessions in Robert’s name – a procedure which is unavailable on the NHS
Lisa Giove, volunteer coordinator with A-K-A-Day, said: “The challenge is in support of CRY, in memory of Robert who was tragically taken from us.
“Since then, we have been fundraising to raise money for CRY heart screenings in his name. These tests are unavailable on the NHS but vital in early detection . Our dearest wish is to spare other families and friends going through what we have.”Last year we came up with the challenge to encourage community health and to raise funds for these screenings which are this year taking place this month at Brentford FC, and then in Kirkcaldy in July 9-10, and Dundee in September.
“The aim is to raise awareness of the prevalence of cardiac deaths in young people, and in addition raise money for a charity dedicated to preventing young sudden cardiac deaths.”
If you would like to take part in the challenge, please visit: https://www.entrycentral.com/akaday