The Prost80 Initiative: Virtual Fundraising Ideas you could do in 80 days, hours, minutes or seconds!
The object of the Prost80 activities is:
- To increase awareness that early detection helps over 80% of men survive prostate cancer in Scotland and to help increase the percentage of men surviving prostate cancer even further
- Maintain and help increase awareness of prostate issues
- To help raise funds to support Prostate Scotland’s awareness, information and support activities to support men and their families affected by prostate cancer and disease (there are now over 27,000 men in Scotland living with Prostate Cancer) and to help increase the survival rate even further to more than 80%
What is virtual fundraising? Virtual fundraising is all about taking part in an activity no matter where you are, and whenever you can. By sharing your activity online you’ll inspire your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours to sponsor you. It’s a great way to interact with them online and keep in touch. We’ve listed our suggestions for virtual fundraising activities below:
Sharing your activity online
The safest and easiest way currently to collect donations in through an online fundraising page and you can easily set up your fundraising page and share it with friends and family.
It is fairly straightforward to share a fundraising page in a social media post. You can paste the page link onto an email, text message or social media post. Or you can follow the links from the social media icons on your fundraising page.
If you’re undertaking an active fundraising challenge, JustGiving has launched an integration with the free run and ride app Strava, so it’s easier to keep your family and friends updated and share your achievements – this will help you to receive encouragement and donations as you progress!
All activities undertaken should follow the current Scottish Government COVID 19 advice on staying safe and on exercise and social distancing.
Get active this winter: Walking, running or cycling challenges
Sponsored walking challenges have been very popular with our supporters this year, and with so many country and city walks to enjoy, and iconic landmarks and landscapes to view, it’s easy to see why.
- One fundraising family set themselves a mountainous challenge this summer by walking up Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers to train for their final aim of scaling Ben Nevis.
- Richard, William, Jackie and Andrew – completed the West Highland Way in one week and executed a superb fundraising campaign. With help and a huge amount of generosity from many family and friends they raised over £6,000 in aid of our work!
- The popular Virtual Kiltwalk is back in April 2021, and we’re delighted to offer free places to our supporters. All you need to do is walk (or skip, scoot, dance, jog or jump!) any socially distanced challenge you wish on the challenge weekend of 23rd to 25th of April and raise sponsorship from family and friends.
Planning your walk
Visit Scotland have compiled fantastic information on walking in Scotland, including:
- 15 scenic short walks
- long distance walking routes for beginners
- coastal trails
- mountain and loch routes
- source to sea trails
- historical routes
- routes along towpaths and cycleways
- city walks
You can also find dedicated practical information on planning a trip to a walking route such as what’s open nearby, and other questions you might have on safety measures to keep you safe from Covid-19 on your trip.
A virtual running challenge is a great way to keep your running routine going if you have taken up running during lockdown or if you are a keen runner and missed your usual races this year.
- Our supporter Ashleigh set herself the target of running and walking a total of 100 Miles in May. By fitting her challenge around her job as a teacher, making local deliveries of work packs to her pupils helped Ashleigh to chalk up the miles, get fitter and fundraise over £1,300.
- Sarah and Gerry completed the Virtual Great North Run in September. The Great North Run is the world’s biggest Half Marathon and in 2020 was replaced with the Virtual Great North Run. Sarah and Gerry chose a 13.1 mile coastal route along the Firth of Clyde, and tracked their achievement with a running app. Head to our events page for the latest virtual running challenge from the organisers of the Great North Run.
- Bill completed the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge. Bill opted to complete the full marathon distance by undertaking a series of 5K runs over a few weeks and fundraised the superb sum of £740!
We’re delighted to have had five solo cyclists take up sponsored cycle challenges in aid of our work in 2020. Their combined efforts have raised £9,336.33 including Gift Aid in aid of our work!
- Hazel set herself the Prost8 14 day cycling challenge around Moray
- David cycled 900 miles over 3 months around Edinburgh
- Ken celebrated his birthday with a Double Marathon cycle
- George cycled from Glasgow to Edinburgh on the Forth & Union Canals
- Joe cycled the 54 mile Suie Classic Sportive route in Aberdeenshire
Visit Scotland have compiled great information on cycling in Scotland, including
- Beginner cycling routes
- Family cycle routes and one day cycles
- 11 spellbinding cycle routes in Scotland
Staying Closer to Home? ‘Around Your World in 80’ Challenge
‘Your World’ could be your garden, house or flat – 80 hours – climbing up and down stairs could be the ascent of virtual Munros or Corbetts in your favourite locations. Select a Munro, note the altitude and divide by the length of ‘Your World’ (stairs, for example), to discover how many times you need to walk it!
80 minutes of running could take you around a Half Marathon, 80 hours of walking might be a virtual visit to your favourite place in the UK, 80 hours of cycling in your locality or on the home trainer could be your virtual stab at John O’Groats to Lands End.
Ken, who had fundraised in a cycling challenge several years ago, decided to train to complete a double marathon cycle run around his local area in Edinburgh. Ken was inspired by the efforts being made by other fundraisers in aid of the NHS, and in the 2.6 Challenge – and wanted to celebrate his birthday in this way. Ken set himself a target of £500, raised over £4,000 and became one of the top 3% of fundraisers on JustGiving in May, out of over 40,000 fundraisers across the country.
Get Physical 80!
Challenge yourself and a friend online, or a member of your household to a fitness activity every day for one day or even 8 days: can you do 80 burpees, press-ups or dance routines? Can you earn a donation for each activity – or do them all in your home, your street, local park or back garden in one day, Mini Olympic style? The 2.6 Challenge from the organisers of the London Marathon, has loads of suggestions and inspiration from sporting stars if this type of challenge appeals to you.
Virtual Social Activities
Have you grown your hair, moustache or beard during lockdown? Can you get friends and family to sponsor you per centimetre to grow it, like our supporter Alex who grew a ponytail and raised £3,000? To highlight our Prost80 campaign, could you grow it for 80 days? Or are you ready to shave it all off – could you ask for donations? You could even dye it bright blue to show your support for our cause!
The fantastic moustache growing team from Rail Systems Alliance Scotland raised funds and awareness of prostate cancer. Their fundraising efforts complemented their workplace prostate awareness campaign throughout November. The team set up a JustGiving page to collect donations and we were delighted to support them by providing them with prostate information packs to share. We’re delighted the team raised the phenomenal sum of £2,577.50 including Gift Aid to support our work!
An inspired fundraising initiative organised by a group of Scottish Freemasons, of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, raised the tremendous sum of £1,585 in aid of our work. The initiative, entitled ‘Time on our Hands’ saw each minute of one day being sold for £1, setting a grand prize of £500 for the winner in a prize draw, and a goal of raising £1,000 for our cause. It’s important however, with an initiative of this type, that it is promoted privately only amongst members of your family, club or organisation, and not to the wider public.
Get Quizzical 80!
The virtual quiz has really taken off as an ideal place to meet your family, friends, colleagues or community group online, even though there is no pub involved! Why not meet virtually one evening for a fundraising quiz for 80 minutes, or 80 questions? There’s a huge amount of resources online to give you ideas on how to organise one. Wired magazine’s tips for creating a virtual pub quiz are a good place to start. Our long term supporters Rolling Hills Chorus held a Virtual Pub Quiz on Zoom. Members of the chorus made voluntary donations and raised over £1,000. And our favourite team name? The Lockdownsmiths!
Put on a virtual concert, play, circus, puppet show, sketch show or live music night with the members of your household and ask for donations from your online audience. Our supporter Bryan Marshall and his family held ‘the Lockdown Session: Live from the Living Room’ – a musical performance in aid of Prostate Scotland streamed live on Facebook from their living room in Glasgow, with friends and family joining in from all over the world. While their main aim was to raise awareness of our work, many in the audience headed to our website to make donations too. The members of your audience don’t need a Facebook account to watch, as performances can be streamed live on a page which is open to the public and free of charge. Your audience can comment in real time and even interact with each other by texting on screen.
Baking and Making!
With The Great British Bake Off as popular as ever, it’s great to remember how our supporter Linda challenged herself back in April. Linda took up ‘The 2.6 Challenge’ to bake 26 cakes in one day and raised £300 in aid of our work. Her colleagues donated what they would otherwise have spent in a café. Could you gather your friends or colleagues together online for a virtual coffee morning or afternoon tea? Could you give an online baking demonstration of one of your favourite recipes and ask for a donation?
Another enterprising supporter made face masks to sell as a fundraiser and asked for donations in aid of our work.
We’d be delighted to hear from you with more virtual fundraising ideas – we’d be grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to register your activity so that we can support you in your fundraising. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 603 8664 or 0131 603 8660. Thank you!
Other easy ways to support Prostate Scotland
We realise that the current situation has made life difficult for many people and families – and we totally understand if this is not a time that you can support us financially – there are many ways that you can still support us non financially:
Help us to raise awareness
- You could help us raise awareness of our work. A group of our long term supporters walked up Ben Nevis in September, wearing our t shirts to promote awareness of our work.
- You could encourage family members or friends to be aware that if they have potential symptoms of prostate problems, to visit our symptom self-checker or contact their GP.
- Share our prostate information and latest news. We have recently compiled new documents on a series of topics relating to COVID-19 and prostate cancer This is in addition to the range of information in the resources section of our website.
- Like, comment and share our pages and posts on Facebook or Twitter
As well as being able to support Prostate Scotland on AmazonSmile, you can also support us when you shop online at high street retailers.
- easyfundraising.org.uk is the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site. It’s free to use and you can raise funds in aid of Prostate Scotland every time you shop online.
- Go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/prostatescotland and create a free account. Start your online shopping there first, then shop as normal. You can shop with over 4,000 retailers, including many high street names. Prostate Scotland receives donations from the retailers you have shopped with.
Shopping online with Amazon?
- AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Prostate Scotland every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible purchases to Prostate Scotland. What’s more, AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon app.
- How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app
Declutter and Donate!
Our fundraising page provider VirginMoneyGiving has set up a partnership with Ziffit, a free online service, to sell unwanted books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and games, whose value can be donated directly to your VirginMoneyGiving Prostate Scotland fundraising page. If you’ve had the opportunity to declutter during lockdown, this is a great way to raise funds from items you no longer need. You can even use Ziffit’s free courier or drop-off service to send your items (for 5kg +). A step by step guide on how to boost your fundraising with unwanted items is here.
We’d be delighted to hear from you with more awareness raising ideas – we’d be grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to register your activity so that we can support you in your awareness raising. You can also contact us at email@example.com or on 0131 603 8664 or 0131 603 8660. Thank you!