Fundraising goal sweetens Ben’s World Record attempt

Ben Armstrong is looking set a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as… a Gingerbread Man!

With the current record standing at 3 hours and 29 minutes, Ben is using his attempt to beat this time as an opportunity to raise funds for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

We sat down and spoke with Ben to learn more about his unusual World Record attempt and what it means to use this opportunity to fundraise for the Foundation.

Ben Gingerbread Man

Ben, training in his gingerbread man suit with his children Chloe and Zach.

Q. So, what was it that motivated you to attempt this World Record?
A. It is my aim in life to be outstanding and inspire others to be outstanding so I thought, why not dress as the Gingerbread man and attempt to break a World Record!? Personal achievements aside, I want to encourage all Western Australians to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This includes our little WA heroes whom receive care at Princess Margaret Hospital (and the soon to be opened Perth Children’s Hospital). It’s never too late to go for a walk, run or sign up for an event like the City to Surf so I hope my adventure inspires others to do something challenging!

Q. Why did you decide to fundraise for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation?
A. I have decided to raise funds and awareness for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (formerly PMH Foundation) because the Foundation provides excellent support to assist in the care of Western Australian children in Princess Margaret Hospital. All children have the right to be healthy and active and I hope this effort contributes to improving the lives of children in PMH (and the soon to be opened Perth Children’s Hospital)
My two-year old son Zach has been an outpatient at PMH on a couple of occasions and the care he received has been fantastic – my family is very grateful.

Q. How have you chosen to raise these funds?
A. I am currently raising funds via an Everyday Hero fundraising page which I have been sharing with friends, family and colleagues via social media.

Q. What do you enjoy the most about your fundraising?
A. My favourite part about fundraising is witnessing the generosity of Australians in donating to this awesome cause. Also, I have found that discussions as to why I have chosen to fundraise for PMH Foundation have been insightful and rewarding.

Q. What advice would you give to others who are interested in fundraising for the Foundation?
A. My advice would be to those considering fundraising. Having the intention to fundraise for the Foundation is a great place to start, however the reality of committing, setting up a fundraising page and sharing is such a great feeling. So just make a start!

Q. Lastly, we had to ask, if you could be any fictional character who would you be?
A. On this occasion, I will have to pick the Gingerbread Man!

From all of us here at the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation we would like to wish Ben the best of luck with his attempt and we’ll be cheering him on the whole way!

If you would like to get involved and fundraise for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, please visit our fundraising page.

Or if you would like to support Ben’s fundraising effort, please make a donation on his fundraising page.


Update

Gingerbread Man and support crew

Ben and his support crew after completing the marathon

On Sunday 28 August Ben claimed the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon run in a Gingerbread man costume! Ben beat the previous record by 15 minutes by completing the City to Surf Marathon in 3 hours, 14 minutes and 15 seconds! Way to go Ben!

Not only did Ben claim the World Record, he also raised an amazing $3,319.70 for kids in Princess Margaret Hospital.

Thank you Ben – what an amazing effort. And thank you to everyone that supported Ben’s record attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

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