Wed 13th Sep 2023 at 6:30pm
Michelle was back for her second good deed! Good to know, we didn't scare her away!
After our warm-up, Sam's ice-breaker for tonight was a two-part question, which was: Today is, International Chocolate Day (not to be mistaken with World Chocolate Day on the 7th of July), what is your favourite chocolate bar? Or what is your favourite real estate agent?
No one, but Sam answered the real estate agent question and said Winkworth whereas everyone was happily giving all types of chocolates from your standard Snickers and Mars to more fancy Green & Black and Lindt.
When the wasps sleep
With Sam leading from the front and Lindy backmarking, we made it up and over Grove Hill to head down to Thorlands Gardens in Camberwell in 20 minutes to find Emma, Mikhail and Vic already there. Mikhail couldn't leave his day job as he took the register for Simon as Simon prepared the tools that we needed.
Tonight's task was simple. One team focusing on creating a new growing bed in the Forest garden by turning over the soil, watering it and bring over woodchip mulch to put down and the other clearing back the second terrace.
Emma, Lindy, Nathan and Nelly jumped at the opportunity to do the long runs between Thorlands Gardens and the woodchip pile as they brought over barrows and barrows of mulch. Anna and Isaac helped clear, turn over the soil and water the bed whilst Clare was nearby cutting back at the pyracantha bush and buddleia stump.
What we noticed was the night got darker quite fast and realised we should have had our headtorches on this early in the year. Yet, we powered through and made a good start for those who would come on Saturday to finish off the task!
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! Firstly, a massive thank you to Lindy and Isaac for backmarking the run there and back. Thank you to the rest of you for coming along as we got started on creating another bed for growing as well as cleared back a bit of the second terrace. The nights are getting darker sooner, so please remember to bring a headtorch for next week.
Thank You to Simon
GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon who prepared the tools and opened up Thorlands for us on this late summer's night. Thank you for providing the photos too!
Thursday 7th September 2023
Michelle Faires has done their first good deed with GoodGym.
Michelle is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Wed 6th Sep 2023 at 6:30pm
As we waited outside Old Spike for Marcus to finish up cleaning, we enjoyed the warmer weather than the inferno that was presented to us inside. We met newbie, Michelle, who came over from work in Mayfair, but lives in Acton! Wow, we appreciate her attending our GoodGym session, which is so far away from her work and home. Thank you, Michelle and I hope you'd enjoyed your first GoodGym experience!
On a warm and muggy day, waiting inside Old Spike wasn't ideally as we welcomed Alastair, Alex, Becky, Daryl, Emily, Emma, Gemma, Paulin, Mikhail Nathan and Tim as Sam quickly went through the GG intro speech before heading outside to get warm on the Green!
After our warm-up, Sam's ice-breaker for tonight was a question on yesterday, which was: Yesterday, was International Day of Charity, what is your favourite charity or the one you donate/fundraise to the most?
We had the obvious ones like GoodGym, Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, RSPCA and MacMillan, but Clare gave us a heart-warming answer as she had fundraised for a friend who was in a coma. Charities are not just organisations, but are acts of kindness.
With Sam leading from the front and Lindy backmarking, we made it to Salvation Army Camberwell Corps within 20 minutes to find Folarin, Mikhail and Paulin already there. Paulin was helping Valentina setup the cleaning stations by filling buckets with warm water.
Within 45 minutes, we managed to complete our main task and even put all the toys away back into the cupboard, which in itself is a task of minds (how do I find all these toys in?!). After a quick group photo and small speech to Daryl for his selfless act on Sunday to help another GoodGymer cross over the finish line at the Big Half, we ran back to Old Spike.
Since it was the first Wednesday of the month, a few of us walked over to Kanpai for a couple of rice beers, sake, corn fritters and skewers to say our goodbyes to this establishment before they move "homes" from Peckham to Bermondsey.
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! Firstly, a massive thank you to my taskforce team, Daryl and Lindy for backmarking the run there and back. Thank you to the rest of you for coming along as you saw that power in numbers means we can get not one, but three tasks done within 45 minutes! Thank you to those who stayed on afterwards for a final farewell drink to Kanpai before they move to Bermondsey!
Thank You to Valentina
GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Valentina who recently moved over here from the US and was covering Catherine! Thank you for having all the items and tools ready for us to tackle the tasks and we hope you saw a massive difference within the 45 minutes that we were there. We will be back in November and we'll arrange that shortly.
Wed 6th Sep 2023 at 6:30pm
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