Southend local and mental health campaigner, Dan Furlong, 36, is taking on a death-defying five-day run through 230km (143 miles) of the Amazon Rainforest to raise money for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Dan, Founder of Male Anxiety Depression and Desert Chill, has struggled with OCD for more than 20 years and is now taking on the Peru230 to raise vital funds for other sufferers.
With an initial target of £10,000, Dan is hoping his local community, friends, family and businesses will all dig deep to help make a valuable difference.
This June, he will travel to the Amazon Rainforest to mentally and physically prepare for his challenge, which will see him run more than a marathon every day for five consecutive days, while also dealing with jungle weather conditions of extreme humidity.
He will run through Peru’s Manu National Park, an unspoiled mass of boiling jungle where Dan will be truly up against the elements.
Dan said: “It’s an environment where every plant and animal is built to survive and it will be a true test of my strength, fitness and perseverance. The driving force keeping me going will be how big a difference I can make for people with OCD.”
The money he raises for the Peru challenge will go directly to OCD Action, a leading national charity for people affected by OCD.
The condition affects around 1-2% of the UK population and is characterised by distressing intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviours which severely impacts a person’s ability to lead a normal life.
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