To make sure you're ready, complete these 3 simple steps:
You can also take part if you are not on Facebook.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Once you have collected your sponsorship you can either lodge directly to our bank:
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
IBAN: IE60 AIBK 9310 1236 2980 00
Or return amount by cheque or postal order (made payable to Women's Aid) to Christina Sherlock, Women’s Aid, 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2.
Or you can donate via our website www.womensaid.ie/donate and make sure to mark W4W after your surname.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We plan to have everyone’s sponsorship packs out in the post beginning the week of June 17th.
Your pack will include a Women’s Aid t-shirt, a sponsorship card, a bookmark and some pens.
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:
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.
You can also use this link if you have any other query about your facebook fundraising page.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.