Right To Play

In February 2009 a good friend of mine, Tom Healy, introduced me to Right To Play. Tom explained Right To Play's committment to improving the lives of children around the world through sport and play. My 2005 bike trip from Cairo to Cape Town had shown me the power of play and I wanted to give some thing back. Tom and I formed "Kids-U-Can" and, with 100 fellow runners and triathletes, we raised $10,000 and helped 200 children. In the summer of 2009, while training for the Lost Souls 100 mile Ultra marathon, I knew I wanted to do more and came up with "Marathon Quest 250",  running 250 marathons in 2010 and attempting to raise $250,000 for Right To Play. The final marathon was complted on December 31st 2010 and in total we raised $320,000.

Right To Play

Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps one million children weekly in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Our programmes are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 13,500 volunteer Coaches.

 

Quests For Kids

In “Quests for Kids” Martin was attempting to complete 10 “Quests” in 5 years, raise $1m for Right To Play and help 20,000 children. In 2010, Martin successfully undertook “Marathon Quest 250” running 250 marathons in one year to raise money for Right To Play. The Cochrane based, international keynote speaker and author, clocked up a total distance of 10,550km by running 42.2 kilometres five times a week, using 25 pairs of running shoes in the process. Subsequent “Quests” have included four Guinness World Records (Netball Quest 61, Lacrosse Quest 24, Soccer Quest 42 and Hockey Quest 500), running three times around the island of Rarotonga for 100 kms, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours, completing 9 TransRockies events covering 920 kms and traversing the 1014km South West Coast Path in 25 days. 

Martin's 10th and final Quest, was “Canada Quest for Kids”. This involved visiting 10 Universities, attempting 10 Guinness World Records in 26 days. The Universities included Quest, Calgary, Alberta, Western, Wilfrid Laurier, Toronto, New Brunswick, Mount Allison and Memorial. The GWR's included Volleyball, Quidditch, Tunnel Ball, Dodge Ball, Ball Hockey, Love Clap, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee and Ice Hockey. All 10 Quests were completed by December 31st 2014 and in total we raised $1.36 m for Right To Play.