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On 4th June I will be doing the Fan Dance in support of some great causes.

The Fan Dance involves neither fans nor dancing, instead being a challenge favoured for Special Forces selection.

I’m hoping you will consider supporting me.

So…..why call  it the Fan Dance then?

image004The name comes from the climb over Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, a climb encountered twice within the challenge.

It sounds innocuous enough – ‘The Fan Dance’ – but as anyone who has served in the UK’s military, especially those who were in the SAS, the Fan Dance is a serious challenge.

Twenty-Four kilometres; over the top of the 886m high Pen y Fan, onwards to a turn-around point, and then back over Pen y Fan to finish where I started.

But that’s not difficult enough so let’s throw in a 35lb backpack full of essential kit to carry – you know, in case things go wrong and I’m stuck out in the Brecon Beacons overnight awaiting rescue. First Aid kit, sleeping back, extra clothes, foil blanket, food and water, etc.

No, that’s still not difficult enough. Let’s add in a four hour 10 minutes’ time limit (the selection benchmark for the SAS) just to add some spice.

Am I mad  to take this on? An asthmatic 54 year old with an arthritic knee, a lung with reduced function and an Achilles tendon that enjoys a moan now and then (and during hay fever season too)? Probably. But what the heck, it’s for some great causes, so let’s do it!

And that’s the even more serious bit of my Fan Dance Challenge; there is little point in doing it if it doesn’t benefit the great causes I am raising funds for and which, I hope, you will see fit to support by sponsoring me.

The aim is to raise £2400. It sounds a lot but is less than £2 each for everyone who follows me on Linked In, Facebook and Twitter.

Will you support me please? Will you support street children, rescue dogs and those brave men and women who have stood up to defend our freedoms and now need our help?

Find out more details here: www.GoFundMe.com/JimsFanDance

Thank you in advance from me and from all those you will be helping through your support.

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© Jim Cowan, 2016

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This November, I’ll be taking on the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge and supporting Street Child United. Why not join me?

SCWC-3-Peaks-Logo-Rio-2016Away from Cowan Global, I run a social enterprise called People’s Events and it is my privilege through People’s Events to have worked with some amazing charities organising events to raise funds to support their good work.

One of those charities is Street Child United who work tirelessly across the globe for the rights of street children and, this November, we are organising our third trip to Rio to take on the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge which is a gruelling trek up (and back down) three of the highest peaks surrounding Rio de Janeiro with the finish line at the feet of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Gruelling but very, very worthwhile and I am hoping some of those who read my blog will want to come along, take up the challenge and support this worthy cause.

Three Peaks, 2000 metres of climbing, within 12 hours – in temperatures which, on previous challenges, have hit 40 degrees!

Unlike other challenges, we also take some time to visit projects in Rio’s notorious favelas which have been supported by Street Child United and have saved many young people not only from the streets but from gangs and drugs and, likely, an early death.

These are experiences which will touch you every bit as much as the amazing scenery and views during the challenge will leave you in awe. This is a trip which will live in your memory forever for a wide range of reasons.

And afterwards, along with those memories, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have done a good thing, contributed to a worthy cause, and done your bit to help the next child off the streets and into a future.

Street children don’t have to be invisible; they are somebody just like you and I.

Will you join me in Rio in November?



Visit the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge website

Sign Up for the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge

Twitter: @Rio3PC16


Find out more about Street Child United

© Jim Cowan, Cowan Global & People’s Events, January 2016