RAMPAGE’19 – 27 April 2019

Damian, our General Director, along with nine other fearless risk-takers will be attempting to conquer the Rampage Obstacle Adventure Course.

It’s a 10K route that involves tackling 60 different obstacles. With names like ‘Cargo Killer’, ‘The Swamp’ and ‘Cliffhanger’ this is not for the faint-hearted, but with team camaraderie, a positive attitude and some training beforehand it’s definitely achievable.

Why do it?

Each of the participants know the important work SUNI does in telling children, young people and their families about God’s Good News. By getting sponsored to take part in this event, money will be raised to help SUNI keep doing what they do. Plus… some people just can’t say no to a good challenge!!!

How can I support it?

You can encourage our team and support the work of SUNI by clicking the red button below to donate. If you want to encourage a particular team member you can write their name in the message section. Thank you!!

Meet the Team

Name: Damian Wharton

Job Title: SUNI General Director

Why are you doing it?
As someone passionate about the work that SUNI does and at the same time being aware of the limited amount of finances we have to do some of the exciting things planned in our strategy, Rampage is a brilliant fundraiser to help us increase our income.

What’s going to be your biggest challenge? 
All of it! With 60 obstacles over a 10k run, my body isn’t going to know what’s hit it!

What are you most looking forward to? 
With 10 of us in the SUNI team, I think we’re going to have lots of fun whilst at the same time raising money for the ongoing work.  

Name: Mark McKeown (aka Benny)

Connection with SU: Volunteers as a SUNI Council Member (past C&M Team Leader)

Why do Rampage? (There must be easier ways to raise money?)

Don’t take the easy way! The easier ways usually aren’t as much fun. This should be a lot of fun with a great team and will help to raise plenty of funds too.

What’s your biggest challenge going to be? 

I’m a bit claustrophobic and don’t like enclosed spaces (control freak!) – I’m likely to freak out in those parts of the course.

What are you looking forward to most?

The team effort in doing this togetger and rising to the challenge. 

Name: Leanne Dunlop

Job Title: Field Ministries Director

Why are you doing it? 

Having had the huge privilege of working with SU for 14 years now, I just love all that it stands for and am passionate about seeing this ministry grow and develop!

What’s going to be your biggest challenge? 

All of it!! This is way outside my comfort zone and will definitely be a big test for me…but I’m up for the challenge!

What are you most looking forward to? 

I love the sense of ’team’ that SU fosters, in every aspect of what we are part of. Am definitely gonna need that sense of encouragement, support and fun to help me get through Rampage!

Name: Phil Howe

Job Title: Training & Resources Manager

Why are you doing it?

I’m being forced against my will!! (Jokes) 

I’m doing this because I enjoy a challenge

I’m giving a go at Rampage in the hope that people will give generously to the ministry of SUNI. 

What’s going to be your biggest challenge?

Surviving! When I think about running 10km I feel ok… and then I remember the 60+ obstacles and freak out!

What are you most looking forward to?

Just trying to enjoy the experience, keep going to the end and the team work #OneTeamOneDream
And hopefully in the aftermath people will get behind us in support

Name: Paul Jardine

Job Title: Camps & Missions Administrator

Why are you doing it? 
When I saw the video I thought it looked like a fun challenge and also a good way to raise some money. 

What’s going to be your biggest challenge? 
Watching the video after I signed up looks very different and a bit scary. I haven’t done anything like this before and it is a bit intimidating. 

What are you most looking forward to?
I know everyone else has said the team work but it definitely is the massive slip ’n’ slide. 

Name: Peter Cunningham

Connection with SU: Camps & Missions Volunteer.

Why do Rampage?

I have been involved with SU for many years. I became a Christian at Benone CSSM before going on to lead Portstewart CSSM. As such I understand first hand the important work SU does across Northern Ireland. Also, who doesn’t love having a legitimate reason to play in mud!  It’s going to be some craic.

Biggest Challenge?

Figuring out how to get the mud out of my trainers afterwards (although I think I will just bin them and buy a new pair).

What are you most looking forward to? 

I’m really looking forward to the doing the course itself. There is a great team of people doing it, so hopefully we will all encourage/drag/carry each other along and have a great time doing it.

Name: Tori McVittie

Connection with SU: Camps & Missions Volunteer.

Why are you doing it?

I’ve been involved with SU camps and missions since I was 5. I know the important role they played in the development of my faith and I want to make sure the work of camp and missions can continue for many years to come!

What’s going to be your biggest challenge?

Um – completing it!

What are you looking forward to?

The slip and slide at the end! And just finishing it…

Name: Robert Gilmore

Connection with SU: I have been part of the SUNI family through Portstewart CSSM. I have been a team member there for 8 years now, and have somehow ended up leading it!

Why are you doing it? 

I am doing it, as I see the importance of the work of SUNI in summer mission and in schools. It’s clear to see that many young people and kids do not get the same exposure to God and His Word as they once did. Anything to help SUNI keep up the good work!

What’s going to be your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is likely to be the running, I don’t think I’ll mind the obstacles so much. Although the electric shock things look like torture! 

What are you most looking forward to? 

Getting round the course as a team. I’m not too worried about the finishing time… well mostly. I’d quite like to beat Pete!

Name: Stuart Marks

What’s your connection with SUNI? 

I’m a Carrickfinn Boys Camp veteran of 10+ years. Oh, and I happen to be married to Lyndsey, an SU staff member, so you could say I married into the SU family.

Why are you doing Rampage? 

Absolutely no idea! Lyndsey twisted my arm into it a week and a half before the event. But genuinely, really happy to do this for such a great charity that impacts the lives of so many children and young people.

What’s going to be your biggest challenge? 

Every. Last. Step. 

Also, I hate heights so if there’s any tall obstacles involved, I’ll be ruined. 

What are you most looking forward to? 

The finish line, and not having to run the

streets of East Belfast in my free time.

Name: Kirstie McAllister

What’s your connection with SUNI? 

My connection with SUNI is my brother-in-law Damian. I blame him entirely for getting me involved in Rampage!!

Why are you doing Rampage? 

I’ve always wanted to do something like this so pretty much jumped at the chance when asked!

What’s going to be your biggest challenge? 

My challenge has been trying to get a bit fitter and stronger – my busy family life means there is no time to go to the gym so working out (and I use that term very lightly) has been done at home!!

What are you most looking forward to? 

I’m looking forward to having a bit of craic with the rest of the team. And finishing with most (some) of my pride intact!!

To find out who else is on the team make sure you check back regularly.

To find out more about our Rampage Team over the next couple of months visit our Scripture Union Facebook Page, Instagram (@SUNIInfo) and Twitter (@SUNIinfo) and keep coming back to this page.