So you’ve set up your Virgin Fundraising page. You’ve sent out that chain email begging for sponsorship. You’ve read our tips and safety guidelines…
What now? Well, it’s still a little early to plan what you’ll be playing during your marathon, so here’s a couple of ideas for personal challenges to set yourself for the time being:
*Tell at least three friends, colleagues or family members about Sick Kids Save Point *Get 5 people to sponsor you on your page before the 31st May
*Get the grumpiest, most disapproving of video games type person you can think of to sponsor you. That’s a tough one!!
* Talk someone you know into taking part so you won’t be playing alone come August…
People have been asking some valid questions, so I thought I’d post a few here for everyone’s benefit…
Does it cost me anything to actually run the event aside from obviously electricity? How do we know that this is official?
-gawd no, we wouldn’t CHARGE people to do a charity marathon! I don’t want the responsibility of handling donation money, thats why Virgin money Giving are doing it. (they collect sponsorship for the London marathon, great north run etc)
But what about Virgin Money? They talk about this ‘event fee’ thingme?
-the event fee is what SKFF paid to set it up. participants pay nothing.. nada . Gift Aid is reclaimed from the Government and passed to charities in full. Fundraisers and their sponsors don’t pay a penny to use Virgin Money Giving, and every donation goes directly to the charity.
Do we pick our own games?, does it have to be just one big server ie warhawk? Can we do it from home or do we have to have a set base of operations, where we all would meet up?
– The marathon takes place in folks own homes, they can pick any 24 hour slot between friday the 6th and sunday 8th August. You could meet up, play as individuals or all do it during the same hours; organise however you guys wanted to play it.
Only one problem i see is who would be willing to sponsor me just for gaming? Anyone that knows me will just laugh in ma face if i ask them for money (my sister already has lol)
-If people seem reluctant to sponsor you, stress that its for a good cause, and that its going to be HARD! Marathon runners enjoy running, but 26 miles is a test. This is exactly the same. If you don’t get a lot of sponsorship it doesn’t matter – every little bit makes a difference. There are other ways to raise money too, for example during Extra Life gamers played each other online for money (e.g the loser in Street Fighter 4 donates a dollar)
I’m proud to announce that everything has been finalised over at virgin money giving, and we are set to launch. Challenge yourself to a different kind of marathon, and help kids from all over the country who are in desperate need of medical assistance and comforting. You can make a difference!