A Run For Hope: Eddie Izzard’s extraordinary challenge


CARE is one of five charities chosen by actor and comedian Eddie Izzard to be part of the amazing ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ campaign.

Eddie has set an extraordinary New Year’s resolution, to stage ‘A Run for Hope’: starting on 1 January, Eddie will run 31 marathons and perform 31 stand-up gigs, in 31 countries, in 31 days… without ever leaving London.

Eddie’s Run for Hope aims to encourage people all over Europe and around the world to unite together to ‘Make Humanity Great Again’. Eddie firmly believes that 2021 must be:

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

Eddie will run the 31 marathons on a treadmill at Riverside Studios, London. Once each gruelling 26.2 mile run 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.

CARE is delighted to have been chosen by Eddie as one of the supporting charities. The other charities are Covenant House, FareShare, Uniting To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Walking With The Wounded.

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.

  • You can find out more, follow Eddie’s progress, get involved, and donate at: www.eddieizzard.com
  • Click here to donate direct to CARE
  • Get involved and share on social media using #MakeHumanityGreatAgain and tagging @eddieizzard

Eddie says:

As I consider myself gender fluid and I now live my life some of the time in “girl mode” and some of the time in “boy mode”, I have said that I would be happy if people use she/her pronouns or he/him pronouns accordingly. But if that seems complicated people can just call me – Eddie.

Eddie has been talking to people while running marathons... Watch Eddie chat with Helen Pankhurst, CARE’s senior gender advisor:

Eddie talks to our Head of Policy and Advocacy, Katherine Knightingale:

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