Make Humanity Great Again A Run for Hope

1 January 2021

Five supporting charities and international development organisations have been named as key beneficiaries of the latest challenge being untaken by actor and comedian Eddie Izzard.

“31 marathons & 31 stand up gigs, in 31 countries, in 31 days... without ever leaving London.

“Raising donations and awareness for CARE International, Covenant House, FareShare, Uniting To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases & Walking With The Wounded.”

Eddie’s extraordinary New Year’s resolution is to undertake ‘A Run for Hope’ to usher in a new year and a new future, encouraging people all over Europe and around the world to help ‘Make Humanity Great Again’

As well as running a full marathon every day across the month of January 2021, Eddie will also perform a stand-up comedy gig every evening as well. The whole ‘Run For Hope’ challenge and the stand-up shows will be streamed live online to a global audience around the world

Five organisations, that are each helping to ‘Make Humanity Great Again’, will be supporting Eddie’s incredible physical challenge from the outset. Each of them will benefit from money and awareness raised by the event

CARE International works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. CARE’s focus is on providing equal rights and opportunities for women and girls in order to overcome poverty for all. CARE is currently working in 104 countries, including Yemen where Eddie was born.

Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of support services to young people overcoming homelessness. Reaching nearly 50,000 young people across six countries each year, the doors of Covenant House are open 24/7 and their high-quality programs are designed to empower young people to rise and overcome adversity, today and in the future

FareShare redistributes nutritious food across the UK to the people who need it most. Every week FareShare provides enough food to charities to create over two million meals for kids at breakfast clubs, old people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters and community cafes

Uniting To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases is a global partnership tackling a range of diseases that impact the lives of over 1.7 billion people around the world. Many neglected tropical diseases are not well known but they debilitate, disfigure and can be fatal. They are also treatable and preventable though, and Uniting To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases is working to put an end to NTDs within a decade

Walking With The Wounded supports ex-military and their families who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service, empowering them to thrive once more and contribute  to their communities through employment, mental health and care-coordination programmes in partnership with the NHS

Eddie will be pushed harder and further than ever before in order to raise much needed funding for these fantastic charities, and others to be announced, and to draw attention to the causes and people that they support

Eddie firmly believes that 2021 must be...

“A time to look forward, to work together, to be tolerant and to live & let live.”

Every day Eddie will travel the world without ever leaving London.

Eddie will run the 31 marathons on a treadmill at Riverside Studios, London. Once each gruelling 42.2 km (26.2 mile) feat of endurance is completed Eddie will jump straight off the treadmill and run on stage to perform a nightly ‘Best–of’ series of stand-up comedy gigs

Each marathon will be themed around a different European or world city. Eddie will be asking supporters and fans to join the challenge by watching the event live online, running in unity in cities across the continent, joining the audience for the daily comedy shows, and donating to raise funds for the chosen charities. Eddie will also be joined on the challenge by lots of surprise guests.

Eddie says, “There is too much talk of division in the world. Too much talk designed to pull us apart. In my life I try to look for the opposite - to look for what brings us together, which helps make us all stronger. Working together feeds the spirit that can restore the greatness to humanity. ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ stands for unity, the sharing of beliefs and the power of human beings uniting across the continents and around the world. As a campaign it seeks to promote a fair chance in life for all, particularly those who experience disadvantage and discrimination. It speaks to people who believe there is more goodwill than ill-will in the world, who believe in the positive qualities of humanity and in the Golden Rule - to treat other people the way you would like to be treated yourself.”

Eddie is no stranger to epic fundraising challenges. But this will be the biggest and most incredible yet

  • In 2009, Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days through England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for charity and helped raise £1.8 million ($2.7 million) for Sport Relief, a charity that helps improve the lives of people in impoverished countries
  • In 2016 Eddie ran 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and raised over £2.6 million ($3.3 million) for Sport Relief
  • In February 2020 Eddie ran 28 marathons in 28 days, travelling all over Europe to run each marathon in a different European capital city. The incredible challenge raised over £140,000 ($184,000) for charity and highlighted Eddie’s campaign to unite people, countries and communities.

Sports brands Mizuno, Zwift, Woodway and iPRO Hydrate are supporting Eddie’s epic challenge as are Crowdfunder, who will accept donations globally

For further information, to donate and to buy stand up tickets go to www.eddieizzard.com




What is ‘Make Humanity Great Again”?

‘Make Humanity Great Again’ is a rallying cry for a campaign to create a better, fairer and kinder world for everyone. It’s not just a slogan on a hat, it’s a plea for greater tolerance, it’s a reaction against a certain kind of politics, it’s a clarion call for people everywhere to join together and fix things. Whether that’s through the actions of individuals, communities, corporations, countries or continents.

How can people get involved? What they do to help?

Everyone can help ‘Make Humanity Great Again’, whether it’s by running along on a treadmill and joining Eddie’s challenge online; by performing small individual acts of kindness; by joining together with neighbours to create stronger local communities, through engaging in politics and activism, or by donating money via Crowdfunder. Money raised will be allocated to charities making a real difference to disadvantaged and vulnerable people at this difficult time, including CARE International, Covenant House, FareShare, Uniting To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases & Walking With The Wounded