FAQs – 50 Miles in February

This February, get fit at home while raising awareness and funds for DEBRA Ireland!

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FAQs 50 Miles in February

What is the challenge?

DEBRA Ireland is asking supporters to commit to doing 50 miles over the 28 days in February. 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?

50 Miles in February takes place from 1st February- 28th February 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

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.

How do I raise money?

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://www.facebook.com/fund/DEBRA.Ireland/

How do I set up a Facebook fundraiser?

It’s so simple! Visit https://www.facebook.com/fund/DEBRA.Ireland/ and wait for the pop-up to set up a page. Make sure you’ve selected DEBRA Ireland as your charity and don’t forget to add 50 Miles in February in your Fundraising page title so we can easily find and thank you!

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 the end date of my fundraising page?

Facebook Fundraising pages are automatically set to run for just 14 days!

You need to manually change the date to 7th March 2021.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to your fundraising page
  2. Click “Edit” under the main image and headline
  3. Scroll down to the box that says “Set the End Date”
  4. Select DATE
  5. Then click Save in the top right.

My fundraiser ended before I finished the challenge. Can you re-start it?

Unfortunately not. Facebook Fundraisers are automatically set to run for just 14 days by Facebook! Unless you edit the end date, it will automatically end. Unfortunately, the only way around this is to set up a new fundraising page so make sure to edit your end date as above.

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.

https://www.justgiving.com/debra-ireland

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: 50 Miles in February and your name.

Credit transfer – AIB
sort code: 93-10-98
a/c: 03800009
IBAN: IE17AIBK93109803800009
BIC: AIBKIE2DXXX

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!

https://debraireland.org/fundraising/facebook-fundraising/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiftyMilesinFebruary

My friend doesn’t have Facebook and wants to take part in the challenge?

That is no problem at all. Please get them to fill out the registration form here: https://givp.nl/erf/OesvhnfK

We will send them a fundraising pack and T-Shirt and they can set up an online fundraiser on Just Giving:

https://www.justgiving.com/debra-ireland

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

  1. Select — I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook
  2. Select — I want a refund for my donation(s)
  3. Select — I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund.

How do I get my free T-shirt?

Once you register for the challenge, we will send out a t-shirt with your fundraising pack along with more information about the challenge and how to get started.

How do I keep track of many miles I've done?

The simplest way is to use your smart phone! There should be a preinstalled ‘Health’ App that tracks your 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 February 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 50 Miles in February all at once?

No, the great thing about this miles challenge is that you can spread the 50 miles throughout the month of February! If you need longer, that’s no problem, do it at a pace that suits you.

Do I have to walk to achieve the 50 Miles target?

It’s up to you! You can walk the miles 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 miles 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

— A Miles Tracker

— An EB Information Leaflet

— A Cover Letter

My family want to do the challenge with me. Can you send me extra T-shirts?

The more the merrier! Please get them to each fill out the registration form to request extra t-shirts here

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 miles 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.

I have another question?

No problem feel free to post any questions in the Facebook Group as someone may be able to help. If you would like to contact us directly, please email cheryl@debraireland.org