A Stirling-based triathlete is hoping to convince others to join him on a trip to the moon with a difference, inspired by his sister who died aged just 15.
Twenty-year-old Cameron Main, who is based at the city’s university, is behind a special challenge taking place through the month of October where volunteers will be able to travel the distance to the moon without leaving the planet.
The Miles to the Moon challenge has the goal of completing the 238,855 miles to the lunar surface through walking, running, swimming or any other form of distance-related exercise and is raising money for the Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation.
The charity was dreamed up by Cameron’s sister Abbie while she was terminally ill with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer - with the big-hearted teen scribbling the idea on a piece of paper with a friend to help people just like her.
Abbie tragically passed away on Christmas Day in 2017 aged just 15 and following her passing, her family were handed the piece of paper and made it their mission to carry out her wishes in setting up the foundation.
Cameron, originally from Elgin, said: “We want as many people involved in the challenge as possible for Abbie, but it’s also about raising awareness of sarcoma and what we do as a charity.
“The charity has all come from Abbie and the fact that she was able to think of how she could help people.
“The charity has grown so much; visiting the kids in the hospitals and seeing the difference even a small thing like handing over a bag of goodies can have, it makes it all worthwhile and shows how important charity work is.
“I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else because we’re doing what Abbie wanted to do herself.”
In three years since starting up, Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation has raised nearly £300,000 and helped almost 400 children.
The charity was able to open its own holiday lodge in Aviemore last year which children living with cancer and their families are free to use.
Cameron, who is training to be part of the Scotland triathlon squad for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, is the chair of the foundation and is encouraging anyone of any fitness level to take part in the challenge.
To take part, all you have to sign up here and log your miles on the tracker. For anyone wishing to donate to the charity, you can do so by clicking here
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