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:

There are other easy ways to support Prostate Scotland too, if you prefer not to undertake an activity

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.

In your social media and email, you can link to our website and tag Prostate Scotland on Facebook and on Twitter  to give your supporters more information about the work we undertake.

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 in Autumn:  Walking, running or cycling challenges

Walking

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.  Another group – 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!

Visit Scotland have compiled fantastic information on walking in Scotland, including:

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.

Running

Have you taken up running during lockdown and are looking for a challenge?  Are you a keen runner, and have missed your usual races this year?  Do you want to celebrate your progress with a medal?  If so, we have free places in the perfect challenge for you!  Why not take up the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge and fundraise in aid of our work?

There are multiple distances to choose from, including the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10k, 5k and junior races.  The relay is an ideal event for a household to participate in as a team.

You can complete your challenge any time before 31st December 2020.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival will send you a personalised event information pack to help you prepare for your challenge, a downloadable audio countdown to kick start your challenge in style and a personalised event number to recreate the excitement and experience of the race.  You’ll also receive a finisher’s medal to mark your achievement!

Our supporters Sarah and Gerry completed the Virtual Great North Run in aid of Prostate Scotland.  The Great North Run is the world’s biggest Half Marathon and this year was replaced with the Virtual Great North Run.  Sarah and Gerry chose a 13.1 mile coastal route along the Firth of Clyde which took them from Greenock Esplanade to Lunderston Bay and back, and tracked their achievement with a running app.

Cycling

We’re delighted to have had five solo cyclists take up sponsored cycle challenges in aid of our work this year.  Their combined efforts have raised £9,137.95 including Gift Aid in aid of our work!

Visit Scotland have compiled great information on cycling in Scotland, including

You can find a route on the National Cycle Network on the Sustrans website here.

Visit Scotland have dedicated practical information on planning a trip. 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.

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.  Andy Murray's Munro Challenge 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.

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.  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.

JustGiving has launched an integration with the free run and ride app Strava, so it’s easy to share your achievements and receive encouragement and donations as you progress.

Get Physical 80!

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.

Set up your fundraising page and share it with friends and family.  In your social media and email, you can link to our website and tag Prostate Scotland on Facebook and on Twitter

Other easy ways to support Prostate Scotland

Virtual Social Activities

Lockdown Locks

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!

Group Games

An inspired fundraising initiative organised by a group of Scottish Freemasons, of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, recently 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!

Rolling Hills Chorus Virtual QuizThe 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!

 

Other easy ways to support Prostate Scotland

Perform Prost80!

The Lockdown Session - Prostate ScotlandPut 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.

Bake Off is back!

Linda's cakes Prostate Scotland

With the Great British Bake Off back on our screens, it’s great to remember how our supporter Linda challenged herself back in April.  Linda took upThe 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?

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 info@prostatescotland.org.uk 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

Shopping online?

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?

Amazon Smile

  • 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.

Virtual background

You can show your support for Prostate Scotland when you are meeting on Zoom by replacing your background with our virtual background image hereZoom have produced a guide on how to do this

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 info@prostatescotland.org.uk or on 0131 603 8664 or 0131 603 8660. Thank you!