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Archive for June, 2009

Announcement: Walkathon Charity Events

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A walkathon can be a great way to raise money for your organization or special project. Yes, a walkathon is a fundraiser. However, it is much more.

Walkathons are used to let others know about your organization’s mission. These charity events can be used to engage and promote local businesses. They also can be used as a way to identify new volunteers and advocates.

With so many potential benefits coming from one of these walk events, it is no surprise that many organizations are now hosting walkathon fundraising events. There are at least three major items to consider before deciding to get started:

  1. Successful walkathons require significant planning and preparation. You may have attended a walk event in the past that appeared easy. The easier it looks, the more planning and preparation was probably given to it that made it appear easy. Make sure you have several committed volunteers before getting started.
  2. Successful walkathons usually require some money before the fundraising begins and always requires insurance that covers the event. if your organization does not have an adequate insurance that will cover the walkathon, this is an additional cost that must be considered before getting started. Enlisting sponsors to your event can be a great way to raise the startup capital required.
  3. Successful walkathons require something that allows it to stand out above all of the other walkathons and other charity events that are taking place in the same time frame.  This something could be some twist to the event itself or it could be something unique about the organization’s mission or project the money is being raised for.

If you still want to hold a walkathon after considering these items, good for you! The purpose of the Walkathon Blog is to provide ideas, tips, resources and stories that will help you in your endeavor.

Enjoy!

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Where are all the charity walks/runs listed?

I'm interested in finding a cancer fundraising walk/run this year in Northern California. You would think it would be easy to find, but not so. Does anyone know of a calendar of events or website that I can find all cancer walks/runs? Thanks!

when you search, try entering the city + walk + 2009 or something like bay area california + walk + 2009 or a variation on what you are looking for. That might help you.

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Can anyone tell me how i can raise money for relay for life and the cancer walk by using the internet?

I don't have any money to really do this but I really want to help and its really needed….plz help me

Hay there! Where do you live? I have some options that I can give you to raise funds, and I'd like to help if I can. Message me on answers or at ds_music_now@yahoo.com

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Walking a half marathon – need training plan?

Am walking a half marathon in approx 14 weeks. Can anybody tell me where I would be able to get a decent 'training schedule' from – books, website, etc.

The trick is to work up to it gradually, so you don't injure yourself. Also, obviously, before you begin, make sure you have the proper socks, shoes, etc. Icing ankles after training never hurts either. For a schedule, see:
http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/walk.htm

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How old do you have to be to walk and wash dogs in the UK?

I really want to walk and wash dogs to raise some money for me and some for charity. I am 13 and so are my 2 best friends. Is that old enough to walk and wash dogs???
If not what is the age and how old do you have to be because if younger people can as well that would be good.

Thanks x

You can be any age to walk a dog. If its for charity i think you should go to your local pet shelter and ask them if you can do that on their behalf. Otherwise the owners of the dogs may be reluctant to hand over their money OR their dog incase the money does not go to the charity or incase you steal their dog. I'm not saying you will but some people do that. If you manage to get support from your local pet shelter, you can show the bit of paper to the owner and they will feel safer. Make sure you ask the owners about their dogs needs (incase they are allergic to some shampoos) and that you are able to walk stronger dogs- some pull on the lead to chase cats and you end up on the floor with no dog.

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