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FAQs 310,000 Steps in July
What is the challenge?
DEBRA Ireland is asking supporters to commit to doing 310,000 steps over the 31 days in July. Each participant will commit to fundraising for us during this period to raise vital funds to support families living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa). DEBRA Ireland receive no guaranteed state funding and rely heavily on fundraising to support families.
When is the challenge happening?
310,000 Steps in July takes place from 1st July – 31st July 2021.
I just signed up, now what?
Firstly, join the Facebook Group we set up for this challenge. Click ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can get your T-shirt, get tips, be inspired by others in the group also taking part and find out anything you want to know about the challenge!
What is the Facebook group for?
By joining the Facebook group, you are joining a group of like minded, enthusiastic people who want to take on the challenge but also raise vital awareness and funds for DEBRA Ireland. The group will support and encourage you to complete the challenge as well as answer any questions you may have. They are there for you!
Join the Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/310000stepsinjuly2021
Is there an entry fee?
There is no entry fee for this challenge. We do however ask you to fundraise as part of your challenge. Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up in a few seconds here. And then it’s really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends.
What is a Facebook Fundraiser?
As well as hosting a traditional fundraiser, you can now hold a fundraiser on Facebook. It’s simple to set up and very easy for friends and family to donate to it without having to leave Facebook.
Set up your Facebook fundraiser here: https://givepanel.me/fb/M1Lnd7NL
Do I have to set up a Facebook Fundraiser?
Setting up a Facebook Fundraiser is the best and simplest way to get donations and share updates with your friends and family. All funds raised on Facebook get sent directly to DEBRA Ireland so less work for you! If you prefer, we can send you a sponsorship card. Just get in touch!
How do I edit my fundraising page?
Here’s how to do that:
- Go to your fundraising page
- Click “Edit” under the main image and headline
- Edit the target, name, picture
- Then click Save in the top right
Can I raise money on another online platform like Just Giving?
Yes, if you would like. Facebook lodges the money directly with us and doesn’t charge you or us any fees but if you would like to set up a fundraising page on another online platform we recommend Just Giving. Just be sure and register with us to get a fundraising pack.
Can I get a sponsorship card?
Due to Covid-19, for the safety and wellbeing of you and those you may come into contact with, we are not including sponsorship cards in our packs, as these would be very hard to use while keeping safe social distancing. However, if you would like a sponsorship card, please do get in touch.
Where will my friends' money go?
When you fundraise on Facebook, their money comes directly to DEBRA Ireland. You don’t have to worry about this. It happens automatically.
How do I get my sponsorship money to DEBRA Ireland?
If you have set up a Facebook fundraiser then you don’t need to do anything. Your donations will automatically be sent to DEBRA Ireland.
If you have raised money via a sponsorship card then you can:
1. Donate raised funds online via our website https://debraireland.org/fundraising/donate/
2. Lodge the funds directly to our bank account. See details below:
Reference: 310,000 Steps in July and your name.
Credit transfer – AIB
sort code: 93-10-98
3. Post a cheque, postal order or bank draft to: DEBRA Ireland, Butterfly Cottage, 8 Clanwilliam Terrace, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. Please include your details so we can thank you!
I need help fundraising!
Don’t worry! Every donation you raise will make a difference. If you are fundraising using a Facebook fundraising page, please see our ‘tips for hosting a successful facebook fundraiser’ for information here. You will also get great tips in the Fundraising group so be sure to join!
My friend doesn’t have Facebook and wants to take part in the challenge?
Someone I know accidentally donated to my Facebook fundraiser. Can you issue them a refund?
Unfortunately we can’t issue refunds, Facebook must do this. People can request a refund themselves from Facebook by following the below steps:
Send them this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823
- Select – I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook
- Select – I want a refund for my donation(s)
- Select – I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund.
How do I keep track of many steps I've done?
The simplest way is to use your smart phone! There should be a preinstalled ‘Health’ App that tracks your daily steps and distance walked. Other apps you can use are: Strava, Runkeeper, Map My Walk.
Can I start the challenge late or early?
Absolutely! The Facebook group will be active for the month of July so if you start a bit late or early you can still contribute and get the support and encouragement you need to complete the challenge.
Do I have to do 310,000 Steps in July all at once?
No, the great thing about this steps challenge is that you can spread the 310,000 steps throughout the month of July! If you need longer, that’s no problem, do it at a pace that suits you.
Do I have to walk to achieve the 310,000 Steps target?
It’s up to you! We are asking participants to walk the steps but if you’re a runner then feel free to run or jog it instead. Just be sure to post your progress and updates on your Facebook Fundraising page so friends and family can cheer you on and we can see how you’re doing too!
Do I have to prove I have done the challenge?
Post videos, pictures and updates on your Facebook Fundraising page with your daily or weekly steps so we can see you’ve completed the challenge. It is also a great way to show those who have sponsored you that you’re committed to completing the challenge.
When will I get my fundraising pack?
We will aim to get all fundraising packs out within 2-3 working days of receipt of your registration form but due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we ask you to please allow up to 5 working days to receive it. If you haven’t received it by then, please contact us and we’ll follow it up for you.
What is in the fundraising pack?
– A T-Shirt
– An EB Information Leaflet
– A Cover Letter
– A free Steps Tracker
What if I don't raise much money?
We have no minimum or maximum amount that we would like our participants to raise. From our point of view, no matter how much money you raise it will go towards making a real difference to those living with EB.
Do my daily steps count? / Can I do this on a treadmill? / Does my walk to work count?
There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you’re doing something that challenges you. This will vary from person to person, so tailor the challenge however you like. It should be tough, but doable. You should feel satisfied when you finish it! And we appreciate every single step you do to help DEBRA Ireland.
What if I don't complete the challenge?
We fully understand you may not be able to complete your challenge for whatever reason. Please be assured every step you take helps. You can just lodge whatever sponsorship you have raised with us at the end of the month or if you still want to complete the challenge, you can do this in the following weeks.