Never Give Up Day
Also known as
International Never Give Up Day
annually on August 18th (since 2019)
Mr. Never Give Up (Alain Horoit) in 2019
Never Give Up Day is a "global celebration focused on cultivating a mindset of determination." It celebrates the perseverance and determination that helps people get through life's difficult challenges. Never Give Up Day celebrates those who don't quit or don't have an option to. It applauds those who transcend their failures and encourages those who go through struggle or recovery. It celebrates the achievements and contributions of people whose stories inspire others to keep fighting and not give up. It acknowledges the resilience and determination of millions who never give up—those who are reaching for dreams, fighting illness, getting over someone who has died, or fighting in another way.
Never Give Up Day also educates and encourages the public on issues of a global scale, like climate change and poverty. Never Give Up Day encourages the creation of awareness-raising activities like sporting events, runs and walks for charity, community programs, and workshops. Fundraising events and calls to action are led by organizations, charities, and healthcare and social associations.
Never Give Up Day is held on the anniversary of the date in 2012 when quadruple amputee and French swimmer Philippe Croizon completed a swim across four straits between five continents. It was later discovered that it was also on this date in 1845 that a newspaper published what might be the oldest usage of the phrase "Never Give Up," with the printing of Martin Farquhar Tupper's poem "Never Give Up!"
How to Observe Never Give Up Day
Some ways to participate include:
- Look for local Never Give Up Day events taking place, or organize your own event.
- Take pride in what you've overcome and defeated.
- Share stories about your struggles and triumphs.
- Celebrate someone who has never given up on you.
- Help people persist through their challenges.
- Promote the spirit of never giving up.
- View proclamations made by cities for the day, and get your city to issue a proclamation.
- Donate to a charity.
- Become a partner or board member for the day.
- Check out the day's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.