By Dominique Viel
September 8, 2017
After months of fundraising, campaigning with family and friends and online through our GoFundMe Page, InvisiYouth’s Charity Teams that participated in England’s first inclusive disability adaptive triathlon have ended their fundraisers.
We received donations online and donations in the mail and on our website’s donate page too! We are happy to announce that our Charity Teams fundraised a grand total of $1,000!
All these funds are going directly into building InvisiYouth’s new illness management tools and programs that will give back to so many teens and young adults with chronic illnesses.
These tools and programs will be unique, showing a wide older youth illness and disability community all the life hacks and tips to navigate life while living with illness, or as we call it, the non-medical side to medial experiences. 100% these donations are going to help build them!
Each of our teams competed in three sports at the Olympic Dorney Lake in Windsor, England: swimming, running and cycling. Different teams of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses came out from across the country, along with their supporters of friends and family (and sometimes dogs too), all who worked together to complete these events.
InvisiYouth Charity loves supporting disability sports and the way adaptive athletics can play such a critical role in the life of a teen and young adult living with chronic illness and disability.
It is a way to get them back into a routine, physical therapy, and teamwork mentality. It is a powerful force that needs more attention and support group to it!
Our teams consisted of lifelong friends, and competitive athletes in university, supporting their friend with a rare disease. Another team was filled with family members and siblings.
And we even had a married couple that are passionate physiotherapists and exercise therapists who want to work with InvisiYouth to train and bring adaptive sports to more older youth across England.
One InvisiYouth Team member, 21-year-old university student Katy Baker, felt the benefits of being part of Superhero Series Triathlon.
“[The Superhero Tri] proved that people like me, with chronic illness, can take part in sports with their family and friends,” said Baker.
Watching our teams cross the finish line at the Superhero Triathlon was unlike anything we could have experienced. So much joy and excitement from accomplishing their goal, and watching all the other youth, families, friends and supporters crossing the finish line and earning their medal.
It is clear to say that anyone can get so motivated watching such a strong group of people competing in all types of sport!
Now…InvisiYouth Charity is happy to announce that we will also be part of the next Superhero Series event, the Winter WonderWheels on December 3rd at Dorney Lake once again! This will be a massively festive disability adaptive sporting event where anyone can cycle, walk, run, push/be pushed around Dorney Lake for different distance challenges: 1km, 5km or 10km!
AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAMS!
We want to have a full set of teams so if you want to compete with friends and family FOR FREE, contact us, and we will sign you up for a fun and festive event to end 2017!