Mike Botto is a man with a mission.
Just over three years ago, the UK resident lost his father to a heart attack leaving behind his wife, two other sons and a daughter. To say Mike was devastated is a bit of an understatement. Both of his grandparent’s on his father’s side also died of heart-related conditions.
This got him thinking and earlier this year he decided to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), a long-established and highly-renowned organisation that promotes the importance of healthy hearts. However, rather than just head out on to the streets to jiggle collection boxes under people’s noses he decided on a different tack.
And so was born The Big List of Ten. The aim is to complete the tasks on the list within a calendar year to raise money for the BHF. In Mike’s words about the tasks: “Some of them unfulfilled dreams, some of them to scare me, some of them plain ridiculous... “
At BullGuard, when we came across Mike and his Big List we decided to contribute to what is clearly a noble endeavour and have contributed £500 for clicks on his Facebook page, a £1 a click. He got there in no time at all (about eight days actually).
The Big List contains some strange items like eating sushi, which he’s already done dressed up in traditional Japanese garb, and appearing on a TV quiz show, which he’s also done. It was a well-known UK show called Countdown.
The list also includes some fairly challenging tasks like running a marathon and gaining a football coaching badge. As a match day announcer at Bournemouth AFC, he already has some affinity with the green turf, but running a marathon is going to be a bit of a sweat, but we’re sure he’ll pull it off.
However, we reckon doing a sky dive and a stand-up comedy set are also going to be pretty hairy, and might induce more fear than a spot of marathon running.
Good luck Mike, we wish you well!