Friday, 14 November 2008

FAQ's

What is running4rwanda ?
Is running4rwanda a charity ?
What is Shyira Trust ?
Who is running4rwanda ?
Is it only for running ?
How do I collect sponsorship ?
Are all events covered ?
Who are Bmycharity ?
What events are registered ?
Can anyone join in ?
Is it only for good runners ?
Is it just like a running club ?
Could it become a running club ?
How can I find out more ?

What is running4rwanda ? running4rwanda is my blog, which I set up in connection with fund-raising efforts for projects in Shyira, Rwanda. I use the blog to publicise running events I am entering, and to report on progress on my fund-raising. The first event was the 2008 Liverpool Santa Dash, and I raised over £400 which has gone towards Midwifery education fees in Shyira.

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Is running4rwanda a charity ? No, it is my own personal project, although it does have close links with a small charity, Shyira Trust.


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What is Shyira Trust ? Shyira Trust is a small charity based in Formby, North-West England, which supports projects in Rwanda. Its aims are three-fold: the relief of poverty, the protection of good health, and the advancement of education in Rwanda. These aims are delivered through the support of projects in Shyira, in North-West Rwanda. It does not give handouts to individuals, but supports projects to promote sustainable development.
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Who is running4rwanda ? At the beginning, running4rwanda was just me, Pete Morgan. In May, I was joined by James Partridge who ran the Manchester 10k. By late 2009, there were at least 12 runners competing in the Liverpool Santa Dash in aid of Rwanda.
I want running4rwanda to be open to anyone who is willing to take part in any event which can be used to raise funds for Shyira.

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Is it only for running ? Although the name suggests running events, any event – e.g. walking, cycling, abseiling, bungee-jumping – can be used for fund-raising purposes.

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How do I collect sponsorship ? There are 2 ways to collect sponsorship – the old-fashioned paper-based sponsorship form, and the new-fangled internet-based collection form. I can provide examples of both, and both are equally acceptable.

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Are all events covered ? For paper-based sponsorship forms, any event can be used – I have a template which can be modified with the name of the event, and printed off, ready for use. For internet-based forms, the event has to be registered with Bmycharity first. Once the event is registered, any fund-raiser can sign-up and use that event to raise funds.

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Who are Bmycharity ? Bmycharity are the provider of our on-line collection facility. You may have already heard of Justgiving – Bmycharity are similar, but do not charge commission on donations, so more of your donation reaches Shyira Trust.

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What events are registered ? So far, I have only registered events that I know I am taking part in – Helsby half-marathon, Blackpool half-marathon and Liverpool half-marathon. More events can be added fairly easily, for instance Liverpool 10K, Liverpool Women’s 10K, London Marathon, New York Marathon – the list is endless.

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Can anyone join in ? Absolutely ! And it doesn’t cost a penny ! So long as you’ve got a name and address, you can have a paper-based form. To get an internet-based form, you need to sign-up with an email address. Once you are signed up, you can generate an internet-based form for any of the registered events.

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Is it only for good runners ? Absolutely not ! Anyone who is willing and able to take part in any fund-raising event, is welcome. The more the merrier !

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Is it just like a running club ? No. I see it more as a network of like-minded individuals. At the moment there’s only me, but hopefully other people will want to become involved. They may all be based in Formby, but there’s nothing to stop someone at the other end of the country getting involved, or even someone on the other side of the world ! All they need is the willingness to help Shyira Trust, either on a one-off basis, or as part of an ongoing commitment.

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Could it become a running club ? It could, but that would open up a whole new set of questions. If the idea develops and grows, there’s no reason why it cannot become a running club, and I’m willing to investigate the possibility. At the moment, I’ll just be happy if I get one more fund-raiser to come on board.

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How can I find out more ? My blog has more details, along with instructions about becoming a fund-raiser. If you’re still not sure, or you’ve got a specific question, just email me by following the 'contact me' link, and I’ll be pleased to help.

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