Hockey club Liverpool Sefton are using the current lockdown to raise £589 for the local charity Micah Liverpool.
Micah Liverpool is a food bank charity based in the city. With the ongoing pandemic seeing many families struggle the donation is of significant value in the community.
As a club they have three men’s teams and five women’s sides. Collectively they are looking to either walk or run 5891 miles or the distance from Merseyside to Tokyo.
Speaking in an interview with MSL, Sefton’s captain Alex Choo spoke about the club’s most recent fundraiser.
Choo, 23, explained why the club decided to start their collection;
“The idea initially came from another member in the committee, who then convened as a group to brainstorm the details and logistics of the fundraising.”
“We decided to start the Run2Tokyo challenge as we felt that we could be doing more for charity during this difficult time.”
Meanwhile he also spoke about how the club themselves are feeling the benefits of their collection;
“We thought it would be a good way for everyone within the club to stay connected with each other and try to keep everyone active in the absence of hockey.”
“With the Olympics (hopefully) on the horizon, Tokyo seemed a good target destination.”
Formed in 1885 the club have played in the Liverpool area for 136 and have run many charitable events.
However, the club are labelling this collection as “the biggest fundraiser Sefton Hockey Club have attempted.”
To date the club has raised £335 and Alex Choo explained why the club is donating to Micah Liverpool
“With the current pandemic that’s going on, we felt that we would try to help.”
“We decided it was important to help the families who have maybe been hit harder by it and need support through food banks.”
“We have made good, steady progress so far in reaching this target.”
The club are currently unable to train or play matches due to the pandemic. However, since the new year they have covered ran or walked 2,244.54 miles.
With around 3,000 miles left to cover Choo says they are confident that they can achieve their target;
“We hope that if we continue at this rate with a late fundraising drive, we should reach the target and hopefully more.”
To donate to Liverpool Sefton’s fundraiser you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sefton-hockey-run2tokyo