“If I’ve done it yesterday, I can do it today and if I do it today, I can do it tomorrow” – A student fundraiser’s unshakeable motivation during lockdown
By Holly O’Doherty
A Derry student is planning to run 110 kilometres to raise money for Foyle Search and Rescue. The 22-year-old intends to complete a five-kilometre run every day, as part of Movember this month.
The announcement (shown below) was made on Conor’s Instagram account, stating he was “late on it but sure why not.” A fundraising goal of £500 has been set, of which £365 has been donated so far.
The decision to donate to Foyle Search and Rescue was not difficult for Conor. The charity was set up in 1993 by volunteers from Derry City, following a worrying increase in the number of suicides along the River Foyle. They aim to educate the community on suicide awareness and water safety, as well as preserve life in and around the river area.
Conor describes it as “a charity close to everyone’s hearts” and does not foresee a problem in gaining support. He hopes the money he raises will be used to provide essential equipment for the charity’s volunteers, such as high visibility jackets and torchlights. Although these are not vehicles, they will still offer assistance to those on patrols, he states.
November is men’s mental health awareness month, with the charity Movember organising fundraising events every year. This charity highlights societal pressures that have a direct impact on men’s lives. According to Movember, three out of four suicides in the UK are committed by men.
This year, Conor believes it is even more pertinent to raise awareness of men’s mental health. He recalls when his close friend confided in a group chat the struggles he had been facing mentally. He says that this one instance, “scared” the entire friend group to be more open about their own mental health. Conor hopes that in the future, men can ask for help and speak out without fear of being weak or embarrassed.
When asked why he chose to fundraise this November, whilst a lockdown is still in place, he stated it would ultimately improve his own mental health.
“No matter what there’s going to be a day when I’ve done something.”
The physical demand of daily five-kilometre runs is an aspect that has not evaded Conor. He “100%” believes that he will incur some form of injury, but rather than worrying he has placed his focus on completing the task ahead. In order to do so, he has encouraged his friends to join him on runs, as well as alternating his running route.
Despite not training in the months prior to November, he maintains a positive outlook, “If I’ve done it yesterday, I can do it today and if I do it today, I can do it tomorrow.”
Conor’s motivation also extends to raising funds for local groups. He donated over £300 last November for Foyle Search and Rescue with the help of a close friend. Most recently, he raised over £500 for Altnagelvin Hospital in the first months of lockdown in Northern Ireland.
Conor’s fundraising event will be closing November 30, after running 110 kilometres in total. To donate to Conor Logue’s fundraising page, use the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=ConorLogue&pageUrl=2