SERVE Solidarity Games

What are the Solidarity Games?

The Solidarity Games is a personal 4-week fitness, skill and talent challenge, and SERVE’s first Community Games style event!

During the current global pandemic, we believe it is important to come together while staying apart, to build on our skills, talents and creativity, and maintain our physical and mental health.

You have 4 weeks during July to run, sing, cook, jump or play and work your way towards becoming a SERVE Solidarity Star. Strive for gold, silver or bronze medals and raise vital funds in the process!

Participants will represent one of SERVE’s partner countries during the Solidarity Games. The individual / household or workplace with the most medals will be crowned the SERVE Solidarity Star.

Participants will receive a weekly Challenge Card’  in which there will be a choice of 7 weekly challenges from which they must complete a minimum of 2 challenges per week. These challenges will be judged, and weekly bronze, silver and gold winners will be announced every Wednesday.

These challenges can be completed alone, or with members of your own household while following government guidelines to keep a social distance, and within your own county.

While you are participating in the weekly challenges, you will fundraise for SERVE and contribute towards our on-going work overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ask your friends, family, neighbours or colleagues to join you or sponsor you to take on the challenges, and go for gold! Be the first SERVE Solidarity Star!

Why are they taking place?

It has been a challenging time for SERVE, as it has been for everyone. We have had to postpone our volunteer and immersion programmes and cancel many of our fundraising events. We need to raise €40,000 to continue our work and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We are asking each individual or group of people that registers for the games to aim to fundraise €500/£450 to support our on-going work with our partners across the world. This €500/£450 can be fundraised as a joint effort per registration. These funds will enable us to continue our transformative work.

When do the games begin?

July 1st – 29th 2020

Choose Your Team and Click Your Country Flag To Register

What You Need To Know

  1. You must register online as an Individual or a Household Name to enter.
  2. Individuals/ Household Names may compete in all challenges each week, but you can only submit one of each challenge for judging. Example: Two people from one Household Name cannot submit the exact same challenge.
  3. You are asked to share your completed challenges on social media, using the #SolidarityGames hashtag.
  4. You must tag SERVE in all social media posts or they will not be included for weekly judging.
  5. The SERVE judges will grade the efforts and issue the final scores each Wednesday. The decision of the SERVE team is final.
  6. Challenges will not be judged if not submitted by 5pm each Monday, or if the challenge is not recorded properly for judging purposes.
  7. You must always adhere to the public health guidelines and practice safe social distancing.
  8. You must respect others. SERVE have the right to remove you from the games if you behave inappropriately.
  9. You must always adhere to the public health guidelines and practice safe social distancing.
  10. Safety comes first in all challenges.

Can you bake a cake worthy of the Great British Bake Off? Are you the next Lady Gaga or Dermot Kennedy? How long will it take you to run 3km? Are you the fastest in Ireland? The Solidarity Games will put people to the test across Ireland, competing to become SERVE’s first ever Solidarity Star.

The Challenges set by the SERVE Solidarity Games will encompass a range of sports, arts, culinary and music activities. They will be scored by time / distance or by a panel of judges.

Photographic or video evidence of challenges must be sent to SERVE of all challenges.

The Solidarity Games Challenges will be sent to all participants every Wednesday throughout July.

Challenge Card 1 (July 1st)

Challenge Card 2 (July 8th)

The seven countries represented in the Solidarity Games are SERVE partner countries.

Brazil

In Brazil, SERVE supported two communities in Parnaiba improving living conditions and access to education. For more information about our work in Brazil, please click here.

India

SERVE’s work in India is focused on the areas of disability, leprosy and HIV & AIDS. For more information about our work in India, please click here.

Mozambique

In Mozambique SERVE works with two partners – Young Africa Mozambique and the Muvamba Community. For more information about our work in Mozambique, please click here.

South Africa

In South Africa SERVE works with two partners – Tapologo and Tsholofelo – who are working in 12 squatter camps near the city of Rustenburg. For more information about our work in South Africa, please click here.

Zambia

SERVE has been working in Zambia since 2008, supporting young people through youth leadership training, and education. For more information about our work in Zambia, please click here.

Philippines

In partnership with the Presentation Sisters in the Philippines, SERVE works with the Badjao Tribe in Cebu City. For more information about our work in the Philippines, please click here.

Vietnam

SERVE works in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) in Hanoi, Vietnam. For more information about the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, please click here.

Your fundraising will ensure that SERVE can continue to support our transformative work with our partners in the Global South.

It has been a challenging time for SERVE, as it has been for everyone. We have had to postpone our volunteer and immersion programmes and cancel many of our fundraising events. We need to raise €40,000 to continue our work and we need your help.

We are asking each individual or group of people that registers for the games to aim to fundraise €500/£450 to support our on-going work with our partners across the world. This €500/£450 can be fundraised as a joint effort per registration. Please email fiachra@serve.ie if you have any concerns or questions about fundraising. 

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