Leading Belfast food parcel charity LifeHub NI has launched a nationwide Feed a Family for a Fiver February 5Km Challenge in a bid to raise vital funds to help feed people living in food poverty in Northern Ireland.
The aim of the campaign is to raise much needed funding (with a target of £5K) throughout the month of February by encouraging as many people as possible to either Run, Walk or cycle 5km and donate £5 to the charity. Once completed the person is asked to post a photo or map of your run and TAG five people to do the same.
The #5KMFeed4AFiver challenge aims to both help people to get out and get active as well as helping people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families each week.
Lifehub NI, located in Townsend Enterprise Park in Belfast (just off the Westlink) was set-up by Edmund Aruofor in 2017 in a bid to help feed people in Belfast and the surrounding area who are living in poverty.
The charity relies solely on donations from local supermarkets to provide food to feed around 750 people each and every week with fresh, nutritious food.
Edmund works seven days each and every week, for over 80 hours, getting up at 4.30am daily and driving around each supermarket and dropping the donated produce back to his hub in Townsend Street, this equates to a mileage of over 14,000 miles a year which he does without 1p of funding or pay.
Three days each week, individuals and families who are living in food poverty queue to receive a fresh food parcel, which Edmund, along with seven volunteers, distribute to without question or judgment.
LifeHub NI also supports other charities/hostels/fold foundations for the elderly with any additional food which is donated.
LifeHub NI’s 2021 vision is to FEED the nation with healthy nutritious foods. To feed those in need in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of the new challenge, Edmund Arufour said: “We are very excited to launch this new challenge which we hope the people of Northern Ireland and beyond will get behind.
“So many people are struggling to even meet their basic needs, so any money raised will be a huge boost to our charity to allow us to buy more food.
“Five pounds may not seem much to the average person on the street, but it could mean the difference between eating for the next three days or not at all, to a family living in Belfast.
Edmund concluded: “We encourage as many people as possible to get behind the campaign to spend their one hour of exercise raising money for such a worthy cause.”
To take part in the #5KMFeed4AFiver simply:
- Run, walk or cycle 5km either (outdoors or on a treadmill or exercise bike)
- Upon completion, take a screen grab of your route, if you can (Map My Run is a great, free App)
- Take a photo of yourself at the end of your 5KM and nominate 5 people to do the challenge
- Post your photos and Tag your nominees on Facebook and use the hashtag the #5KMFeed4AFiver
- Donate £5 to https://gofund.me/a91cdb3c