I often grumble about people going for a leisurely walk in the name of charity and asking me for money. Many of these ventures are done for fine organizations and I usually make a modest donation because it's a worthy cause. The fact that someone is taking a walk or riding their bike for a few miles does not move me in the least, nor does it impact my donation. And of course I have a particularly big burr in my saddle when folks ask for money when part of my donation is going to pay for their wetsuit or travel expenses to a marathon or tri (and they conveniently forget to mention that). Well, here's a charity endeavour that's grumble proof even by my standards.
Eddie Izzard is my favorite cross-dressing comedian. In fact, he may be my favorite comedian, period. Mr. Izzard, who is raising money for Comic Relief just finished his 43rd marathon in 51 days. Izzard is not athletic, but he is dedicated. What he did is truly inspirational and shows just how much someone can do if they put their mind to it. Many of the marathons were done at a walking pace, but he has been getting faster as he has progressed. And there's certainly no questioning his dedication to the cause.