Well we’re halfway through February, and now seems like an opportune moment to round up everything that’s happening with the 40Fifty Challenge.
Nine of the forty tasks have been completed—one of them twice— so I’m nearly a quarter of the way through the challenge. As far as fundraising is concerned, the total stands at £175 towards the £1,000 target which is brilliant, and a huge thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to donate.
A recent live interview on BBC Radio Tees brought home my reasons for doing all these tasks, when I spoke openly about some of my experiences to presenter Mike Parr, as well as to an unseen yet sizeable audience. It might not sound overly difficult in the scheme of things, just the same as throwing a few darts at a board might actually seem ridiculously easy to many, but we’re all different and in amongst the list of seemingly straightforward, even enjoyable tasks are a few that I know will provide a great personal challenge.
So far so good though, and hopefully there’ll be plenty more stories and pictures to come as the weeks and moths pass. In fact, here are a few details of some of the developments that have been going on behind the scenes.
No.5 – meeting a current or former Doctor Who companion looks like it’s going to happen on 9th March (see the top picture). Very excited!
No.6 – bowling at a county cricketer is looking promising. I might have retired ten years ago, but I doubt you ever lose the ability to bowl a batsman into form!
No.7 – recording a song… well it looks like it’s actually going to be a duet with a young lady who has a genuinely amazing voice. And patience to match I hope!
No.12 – having a photo taken with a London 2012 medallist. A number of e-mails have been exchanged, but I’m guardedly hopeful that this will happen in mid-March and may involve more than one medallist and a trip to Leicester—and that’s all I can say for now!
No25 – having a bird of prey fly onto my hand (not fly off with my hand) is another that looks likely to happen in March. Going to be a busy month!
No.28 – complete the novel I started in 2004. Actually, I’m getting quite close to completing a first draft. That said I’ve been close before.
No.31 – meeting a Saturday. I think I’m going to need plenty of help with this one, but a first e-mail has been sent, and who knows?!
No.36 – getting a photo with an international rugby league player. I do have someone in mind, and I’m hopeful that a long-standing friend from Gateshead Thunder days might just be able to pull a string or two. If all goes well, I’ll be back in the car and heading for West Yorkshire.
Finally, no.3 – selling a picture I have drawn. It will soon become glaringly obvious that I can’t draw, but here is my first ever effort at an oil painting. To the right is the photo overlooking the Eston Hills that I have tried to copy—albeit after a fashion.
The next step is to try and actually sell the picture, so I will be putting it on eBay later today in the hope that someone somewhere will consider making a bid. Whatever is raised will be added to my Just Giving account and the winner (and I’ll have to restrict this to UK only for postage reasons) will need to know that the picture measures 10”x8” and will fit easily into any modern dustbin.
Note to self… don’t consider a career in selling.