Online fundraising

For this event we recommend you use JustGiving. Use this link to set up a page that will be automatically assigned to the Coast Along event.

 


Once you have created a JustGiving page, your whole team can link their pages to it, to give you a grand total!
Find out how to create a team page here.

We’ve made it even easier by preparing some text to add to your online fundraising page.
Grab it here and watch the pennies roll in!

 

 

Social media

We also advise you to take advantage of social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc) to spread the word before and after the event. It’s a great way to let friends know what you’re doing (and why!) and maybe even get them involved too. We’ve included lots of Twitter and Facebook links across the site to make it easier. Read these handy JustGiving tips for making the most of social media here.

How to make even more of your JustGiving page:

  1. Think laterally when deciding who to contact and make sure you have emailed all potential supporters: Sponsors come in many forms! Apart from contacting close friends, family and colleagues, why not contact overseas friends, former colleagues, college friends, fellow members of church, sports clubs, etc.
  2. Add a link to your page to your email signature at work and/or at home: Adding your link to your signature helps ensure that all your contacts are made aware of your efforts, and you may even gain some unexpected sponsors! Don’t forget to ask permission about your work signature.
  3. Send email updates on your progress: It is very important to engage your supporters when you can – make sure they know where you are up to on your training and sponsorship, and what a potential donation will buy for WaterAid (you will find this information on WaterAid’s website). People often intend to sponsor you but don’t quite get round to it on the first request, and it does work to keep reminding them from our experience.
  4. Ask to be on your company’s website: Ask your web-editor at work whether they would be prepared to add your site to the company/organisation’s website or intranet. Workplaces enjoy promoting the public spirited efforts of their staff and you could get a lot of extra sponsorship.
  5. Publicise your efforts on a notice in your gym, church, college, children’s school, pub, etc: Create a basic poster, a simple Word document will do, telling people about what you are doing and why, and ask any interested parties to sponsor you via your page. You would be surprised at the amount of people who receive sponsorship from complete strangers.
  6. Advertise your web address via any publicity drives you initiate: If you are carrying out any publicity surrounding your participation in Coast Along e.g. to local papers or radio stations, make sure you include your link on any information you produce for them. WaterAid is more than happy to advise you on how to write press releases and approach the media just get in touch with your Team Coordinators.