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. There are other easy ways to support Prostate Scotland too, if you prefer not to undertake an activity
All activities undertaken should follow the current Scottish Government COVID 19 advice on staying home, staying safe and on exercise and social distancing.
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? 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
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 traverse it!
Or, could you ‘Jog 80 Miles in July?’ Or, 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. 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 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!
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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.
Host an 80’s Theme Night
Set the time, the date and send out the virtual invites to your 80’s Night. Dig out your leotard and legwarmers and meet your friends and family online for singing, dancing, dressing up, and disco and don’t forget the karaoke too! Digital media website Mashable offers some great tips on throwing a party online. It’s easy to connect with each other on Zoom, and you can also download a free 30 day trial of karaoke app Lucky Voice and follow their tips on how to hold a Karaoke Night! Hold an online vote for best fancy dress, best singer and best dance moves! Ask your friends and family coming along to make a donation in lieu of what they might otherwise have spent on a night out, or a donation for requests, or simply encourage them to raise awareness of our cause.
Set your own challenge:
Our supporter Ashleigh set herself the target of running and walking a total of 100 Miles in May. Said Ashleigh “I am hoping to raise £1,000 for Prostate Scotland by running/walking 100 miles throughout the month of May (and it gives me a reason to get off the couch!!) My initial target was £200 and thanks to the incredible kindness & generosity of people I know, we smashed that target!” Our supporter 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. Another supporter Ken decided to cycle a Double Marathon on his birthday. Ken set himself a target of £500 and has raised over £4,000 – congratulations and a big thank you to Ashleigh, Linda and Ken!
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 email@example.com 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 prostate issues, and also 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 page and posts on Facebook or Twitter
As well as being able to support Prostate Scotland on Amazon Smile, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 603 8664 or 0131 603 8660. Thank you!