Walk for Women July 2019

Walk for Women

Could you walk 50 Miles in July?

Get your walking shoes on and help women walk away from violent and abusive partners.

The Walk For Women challenge for Women's Aid starts on 1st July and finishes on 31st July 2019!

How do I sign up?

To make sure you're ready, complete these 3 simple steps:

  1. Create your own Walk For Women Facebook Fundraising Page: https://www.facebook.com/fund/womensaid.ie
  2. Register for your free starter pack: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScN9ILIk9kyI1QMllgnM_Dik-RMTDpxHKWb0TXc4x4Cn1rcmA/viewform
  3. Join our Facebook Walk for Women group to log your progress and support everyone taking part: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WalkforWomenJuly2019

I am not on Facebook. Can I still take part?

You can also take part if you are not on Facebook.

  1. Set up your online fundraising page at EveryDayHero.ie.
  2. Register for your free starter pack (which includes sponsorship forms): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScN9ILIk9kyI1QMllgnM_Dik-RMTDpxHKWb0TXc4x4Cn1rcmA/viewform
  3. Contact Christina.Sherlock@womensaid.ie to register and to ask any questions you may have.

By taking part in the Walk for Women you will raise much needed funds for Women’s Aid. You will help us keep our National Helpline open 24/7 so we can listen, believe and support women experiencing domestic violence. It will also help us promote our Helpline so that women know how to contact us and what we can do to help. With your support we can work with a woman from that very first call right through to one to one support, safety planning for her and her children, supporting her at court and with other legal issues. And because we want to prevent abuse, with your support, we can continue our campaign for young women which highlights dating abuse and controlling behaviour in relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions (available to download as pdf here)

How does the Walk For Women challenge work?

The challenge is to walk 50 Miles between July 1st and July 31st.

The 50 Miles (80km) is spread across the month of July. You can do this wherever and whenever suits you.

It averages out at around 1.5 miles (2.5km) per day

This is a personal challenge.  You do this in your own time and link in with the group.  You will find the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WalkforWomenJuly2019

  1. How do I track the distance I’ve walked?

The best way to do this is on your smartphone. Many smartphones come with an app which will track this. But Strava and Runkeeper are two excellent free apps you can get. Fitbits and other fitness watches are great too.

  1. How do I raise money for Women’s Aid.

 Firstly, in the Walk For Women Facebook Group you’ll find a link to a Form you need to fill out (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gp9d42qg2jnaDOlwz6R4ptiSNKzM-Zw0zinT-CX0CRo) and we’ll send you a t-shirt and a sponsorship card by post free of charge.

You’ll also find a link to set a Facebook Fundraiser page (https://www.facebook.com/fund/womensaid.ie). 

  1. What is a Facebook Fundraiser page?

It’s a page you can create in under a minute within Facebook and raise money for Women’s Aid. Your friends will see that you have created it and will see every time you post a picture or update to the fundraiser.

You set your own target and end date.  The money goes directly to Women’s Aid.  

  1. How do I change the target and/or the end date on my Facebook Fundraiser?

Go to your Facebook Fundraiser.  Click on the ‘More’ Option, select ‘edit fundraiser’, change the amount and/or the end date and save the changes.

If you don’t extend the date the default setting by Facebook is 7 days so your fundraiser will end after this time.

You can also set yourself a higher challenge than 50 Miles depending on your own fitness levels or progress made over the month.

  1. Can I raise money off Facebook?

If you prefer to raise money off Facebook you can set up an online fundraising page over at EveryDayHero (https://nfp.everydayhero.com/ie/womensaid) or on the sponsorship card you receive in the post.

  1. If I raise money off line (via the sponsorship card) how do I get that money to Women’s Aid?

Once you have collected your sponsorship you can either lodge directly to our bank 

Bank details:

REFERENCE: Walk for Women & Your Name

BANK: AIB BANK

BANK ADDRESS : 1 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2

ACCOUNT NAME: WOMEN’S AID LIMITED

SORT CODE: 93-10-12

ACCOUNT NO: 36298000

BIC: AIBKIE2D

IBAN: IE60 AIBK 9310 1236 2980 00

Or return amount by cheque or postal order to Christina Sherlock, Women’s Aid, 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2.

  1. How can I encourage donations on my online fundraiser?

 If you could edit your fundraising pages name to include “50 Mile Challenge” or “Walk for Women” or some variation of this that would be great, just makes it easier for ourselves to identify you’re taking part in this walk as opposed to fundraising for us separate to this.

  • Make sure to extend the end date on your Facebook fundraiser to August 1st as the default end date is 7 days after you created it.
  • From July 1st make sure to post your progress on your fundraising page. This can be as frequently as you like, whatever works for you. Posting your distance means sponsors can see how you’re progressing with the challenge and it means that at the end of July we can see you have completed it and send you out your medal and certificate of completion.
  • If you’re still unsure of how to set it up or of how to do any of the steps above we shared a video on our Facebook group showing you a step by step of how to do this so check it out.
  1. Do I have to post the distances I walked?

Yes. Post them to your Facebook Fundraiser page. And then for extra motivation, post it to the Walk For Women group so everybody else can be inspired by your progress. In order for ourselves to issue you with your Challenge Completion Pack we need to be able to see that you’ve completed the challenge.

  1. Can I start this in June?

The idea is that we all do this together in July. We recommend getting a few walks done in June to get your fitness up for the 50 Miles in July.  However, if you have started earlier that is absolutely fine too.

  1. How does my fundraising efforts help women and children experiencing domestic abuse?

Thank you for raising much needed funds for Women’s Aid.  You are helping us keep our National Helpline open 24/7 so we can listen, believe and support women experiencing domestic violence.  The national helpline receives 44 calls a day.  You are also helping us promote our Helpline so that women know how to contact us and what we can do to help. 

With your support we can work with a woman from that very first call right through to one to one support, safety planning for her and her children, supporting her at court and with other legal issues.  And because we want to prevent abuse, with your support, we can continue our campaign for young women which highlights dating abuse and controlling behaviour in relationships and push for social change. 

Thank you.

  1. When will I get my sponsorship pack?

We plan to have everyone’s sponsorship packs out in the post beginning the week of June 17th.

  1. What is in my sponsorship pack?

Your pack will include a Women’s Aid t-shirt, a sponsorship card, a bookmark and some pens. 

  1. Can a refund be issued if the wrong amount was donated or a donation was made in error?

Unfortunately we can’t issue refunds through Facebook but people can request themselves from Facebook by following the below steps:

Send them to 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.

  1. My friend wants to complete the challenge also, how do they do this?

If someone else you know would like to take part in Walk for Women they will also need to follow the same registration steps outlined in Point no. 3 above.

However, if you are fundraising together then they will not need to apply separately.

  1. What do I receive upon completion of challenge?

If you’ve posted your progress and we can see that you have completed your Walk for Women challenge we’ll send you out a lovely medal and certificate of completion to mark your achievement.

Further questions?  Please post a comment in the Facebook Page or email Christina at christina.sherlock@womensaid.ie.