Article 31 of the UN ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child:

“The Right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child”.

Why handstand?
1) Handstands are fun and I want to get better at them
2) They remind me of my fun filled childhood (and I believe that every child deserves to have fun!)

 I am hoping to raise money and awareness for a small charity called East African Playgrounds which provide high quality, safe and fun playgrounds and play spaces. Each playground built uses the local materials along with a couple of specialist parts from the UK. They have a fully trained and experience team of Ugandan playground builders who construct each playground to the age specifications and requirements of the children at the school; to find out more please visit:

Rules of the challenge:

One handstand for every day of the year starting Feb 1, 2012 - Jan 31, 2013 with as many diverse backgrounds, angles, shapes, locations as possible.

Handstand (defined) - The act of balancing on the hands with one's feet in the air. (note: this does involve planks!).

The use of walls, individuals, etc for aid in balance is permitted (hey I'm no expert!).

***Special notice: in case of illness, the term handstand will be interpreted as needed, but photographic evidence will still be provided.*** 

Get involved?
1) Be a photographer!
2) Join me in the picture!
3) Spread the word!
4) Donate and make children happy!

Happy handstanding everyone!

PS. There are no apologies for the tummy exposure!

To view the photos of handstands please visit the following link (copy and paste into new browser):


1) Why 6000GBP?  That's the cost of building one playground

2) I'd like to donate but am not in the UK?  No problem!  However, check with your bank to see whether they will charge you fees for converting the money into GBP.

Updates 2

Thanks to everyone who got involved. It's been a fun and crazy year! Now the real excitement begins: a playground (or at least part of it) is going to be built! Hurrah! You can still donate towards the playground, if you'd like. :)

01/02/13 09:15

Thanks everyone for your donations. Over half the handstands are complete. :)

24/08/12 09:45

Raising money for

East African Playgrounds

East African Playgrounds

Charity Registration No. 1129244

East African Playgrounds believes that every child in the world should have a safe place where they can play, have fun and forget about the stresses of life. We build high quality, fun & creative playgrounds for children across East Africa. Help us do more by setting up a monthly donation

Raising money for

Run by East African Playgrounds

Charity Registration No. 1129244

Donations 56

Excellente idée tout en gardant la forme et tu es très bonne.

Donation by Aline Roy on 27/07/14


Lets get this playground started ;)

Donation by Crystal Lai on 12/02/13


Hey! Very well done on completing your goal. What an inspiration :) Very proud of you xxx

Donation by Sophie Kennard on 05/02/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sorry it's taken me so long! Its a terrific effort to raise so much :-)

Donation by Michael O'Sullivan on 03/02/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Momma Bear (Jacqueline Roy) on 01/02/13

A worthy cause - well done :0)

Donation by Joe Sweetman on 01/02/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

You've done a truly amazing job!!! :) Kids will be happy! :))

Donation by Maria Fjodorova on 01/02/13


Every little helps, good luck reaching your target x

Donation by Sarah Myers on 31/01/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Amazing :) Now that's what I call stamina!!

Donation by Kat Christiansen on 31/01/13


Great fun, good idea!

Donation by Greg Maio on 31/01/13

YAy! Well done!

Donation by Job van der Schalk on 31/01/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done on your massive achievement!

Donation by SpinnyTbags on 31/01/13

Well done Julie, such a fab idea and amazing you saw every day through, VERY inspirational! x

Donation by Mike & Nat (Fusion) on 30/01/13

Donation by M & M Hamakawa on 07/01/13

God bless you and your handstands! ;)

Donation by Beth Cinnamon on 01/12/12


Donation by Angelina on 21/11/12

Donation by Pancake Afternoon Tea on 21/10/12


Sorry it took me a while to get round to donating! Good luck and hopefully see you soon!

Donation by Kevin Lewis on 31/08/12


Happy birthday.

Donation by Charles Dumont on 24/08/12


Donation by Hank Du on 10/08/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

5p a really are working for your sponsorship! You're a star.

Donation by Anna Powell on 02/07/12


Donation by Anonymous on 27/06/12


text donation

Keep it up, Julie, you are amazing! xxx

Donation by Jane Klemen on 13/06/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

via sms

text donation

Go Julie!!!

Donation by Jane Klemen on 13/06/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

via sms

I forgive you for forgetting to take my special picture ! ;-)

Donation by carmen on 08/06/12


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£964.26
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£34.00
  • Total raised£998.26
  • Gift Aid£107.03

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