Fundraising and the Michael Matthews Foundation
Since its creation in February 2000, funds have in large part been raised to support the work of the Foundation through a series of personal sponsorships.
These have predominantly involved sporting events, often involving endurance. Close to home they have included the London Marathon and the Highland Cross – a 50 mile running and cycling duathlon which crosses the Scottish Highlands from coast to coast.
Further afield, they have included the inter-continental swim from Asia to Europe across the Bosphorus, and the Engadin Marathon, in which the traditional 26 mile course is covered on cross-country skis.
In every case, none of the costs associated with fund raising activities themselves have fallen on the Charity, having been borne in full by the fundraisers themselves and/or members of Michael’s family. Every penny raised benefits directly the young people whom MMF supports. This has been a guiding principle of the Foundation from the start.