On 12 August it is International Youth Day and with that in mind we have chosen Jonjo Heuerman as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Jonjo was inspired to start fundraising following the death of his Nan in 2009 from Bowel Cancer, the same illness that took the life of Bobby Moore his football hero.
He decided that he wanted to make a difference and raise money in their memory so he spends his spare time raising funds and awareness for The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
His first challenge was a walk from Wembley Stadium to Upton Park finishing at the Champions Statue. This has now become an annual event which he uses as a special memorial service to those lost to the illness.
Jonjo has arranged and taken part in many fundraising events since his first including:
- Crossing 3 counties in Ireland on Foot
- A giant football tag of the 93 league clubs
- Dribbling a football for 50 miles
- Cycling and walking via all the Premier League clubs
- 450 mile walking and cycling challenge on 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup
- A walk of the Papal Basilcas of Rome
So far Jonjo has raised over £300,000 in funds and £1 million in awareness through his events and challenges and will not stop until there is a cure.
Jonjo became the youngest recipient of an award in the New Year’s Honours list when he received the BEM for his fundraising work in 2016.
To find out more about Jonjo see here http://fornannyandbobby.com/
To find out more about International Youth Day see here https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/international-youth-day-2018.html