I've got a couple of months, so if I batter people over the head enough with it during that time hopefully I'll get some response.
Originally Posted by Sarconia
I'll be trying to encourage people to use the JustGiving site if I can - saves me hiring any thugs to help me collect sponsorship money.
No matter how much awareness you try to raise, sending emails, banners, posters, flyers, newspaper adverts, absolutely anything most people will still bail out at the last minute. The same applies to those who have signed sponsorship forms.
Cynical or not, it's pretty much true. The charity I'm going with is underfunded anyway, as are most charities of it's type. Just making people a little more aware of them would make me feel better, if nothing else.
I sometimes think that trying to raise awareness/gather cash for charity/organise any events goes against human nature as more often than not, people simply don't want to co-operate with anything. Slightly cynical, yes but mostly true. At the end of the day, do it for yourself and the charity, those who help you out and happen to contribute are just bonuses.
The ride (hopefully) shouldn't be a problem. The lodge is booked for the night's stopover in Sluis and we're borrowing a flat from family members in De Panne for the other two days. The training is another matter, I've got quite a way to go before I'll be comfortable with the idea of 50 miles a day. I think that I can do it, but it's not something I've done before so lots of training is planned.
Also, don't underestimate the amount of effort when it comes to these kinds of things, lots of co-ordination, planning and training is needed if it's going to be a successful ride. Good luck!
Did that the other day (as you may have guessed, the project's just starting at the moment) and actually had a letter from the trust asking if I'd like a sponsorship pack and t-shirt within a few days. Really wasn't expecting that at all, but it's a nice gesture.
Originally Posted by MYK-IT
I will definitely be taking this bit of advice. I'll see what I can set up this weekend, and if there's a way to get my SportsTracker training data onto a widget or something on the blog.
my own website detailing upcoming events and training updates etc.
Thank you both. :)
Good Luck and all the best!