Members of the public have rallied in support to help Macaulay McGowan with his task of fundraising during HIE Awarness Month.
HIE stands for hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy and, in simple terms, means a lack of oxygen to the brain that can cause injury. It is a cause close to McGowan’s heart, and he has been raising money on behalf of charity Peeps.
He set himself the task of completing 29 marathons in 29 days, but after suffering an injury on day four, has now received fantastic support from the public, who have been posting their own exercise times within government guidelines to help continue to raise awareness.
McGowan said: “Thank you to everyone that posted their running, jogging or exercise activity, we’re making a bigger impact than I could have ever done on my own. I’m getting people messaging me saying they’d never heard of HIE until now, so we’re doing our job. Literally every single person is amazing.
“Don’t do anything stupid, stay in the regulations, do your daily activity as your normally would or if you’re inspired, go and bang a few miles out within the government guideline!
“After a few days rest and seeing how my knees are and hopefully government guidelines don’t get stricter, I will continue to try and get some miles in and by the end of the month bang out another marathon to mark the end of HIE Awareness Month.
“As I’ve found out we’re so much stronger together and please no matter how big or small the workout, let’s keep putting them up. Share them using the hashtags #heardofhie, #hiewareness, tag others to take part and donate to the charity Peeps – Hie. Let’s do this together.”
You can find out more about McGowan’s fundraising and ways to donate by clicking HERE.
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