The tradition of going that extra mile to help others goes back decades.
Whether it is doing a non-stop Zumbathon, completing 10,000 martial arts kicks or a charity bra collection, we have got it all.
Every one of these retro photos comes from the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette or Hartlepool Mail archives.
So why not take a look and see if you can spot a phenomenal fundraising event that you recall.
1. Racing ahead in 2010
Karen Maclennan, regional fundraiser for the Grace House Hospice appeal, with Sunderland's Stig who was supporting the Charities Driving Challenge in 2010. Does this bring back memories?
2. Shaping up in 2015
Event organiser Andrea Douglas (front) with fitness coaches Sarah Major and Jean Walsh at their charity Zumbathon in Hartlepool. Did you join in the 2015 fun?
Photo: David James Wood
3. An important initiative in 2015
Staff at Central Surgery, Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, were collecting bras for charity five years ago. Were you one of the people pictured?
Photo: Tim Richardson
4. Spooky times in 2010
Steve Steinman from Vampires Rock at the Sunderland Empire gets to grips with St Oswald's Hopsice fundraiser Lyn Cain ahead of the charity's Spooky Stroll in Sunderland a decade ago. Did you join in the stroll.
Photo: Picture by Peter Berry