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How to get the best out of online fundraising

In the last ten years or so, the field of fundraising has been revolutionised by the arrival of the internet. No longer is fundraising the act of knocking on every door in the neighbourhood with a clipboard in hand. Now, thanks to the internet, fundraisers are able to effectively knock on the door of thousands of people every day, via harnessing social media and email, with the proverbial clipboard being transformed into a ‘JustGiving’, ‘Virgin Money Giving’ or ‘EveryClick’ page. There’s no doubt that the internet has made fundraising – and fundraising to a high target – a lot more achievable, but online fundraising is no-one click fix, so read on to find out how to make your online fundraising campaign as successful as it can be!

It’s all about the emails
There are a lot of blogs and articles out there about social media, and what an amazing fundraising tool it is, and they’re not wrong, social media should be the life and soul of any online fundraising campaign. But don’t forget about good old fashioned emails. Due to the accent of social media, emails now tend to be used for more business-like transactions, so to receive a personal email in amongst formal mailings would be a real unexpected pleasure for the recipient, and stand out in their minds much more than a random post that pops up on a Facebook feed.

But make sure to be careful how you put together your recipient lists, and how you word your emails – different strokes for different folks! The type of email you might send to old classmates or parents of friends would be different to the one you send to your work friends. So bear this in mind,

Tell the Story
This is where social media really comes into its own! Don’t just send out one tweet/fb post about your challenge asking for donations, really tell the story of your challenge and your fundraising, tell everyone what you’re most nervous about for your challenge, what events you’re putting on for your fundraising, why the charity you have chosen is so important, etc – don’t forget to always include a link back to your fundraising page so people can donate easily.
Use all the mediums at your disposal to keep things interesting, post photos and videos of your fundraising events and efforts. Set yourself mini goals and build up a buzz on social media. We recently organised ‘The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water’ which saw a team of celebrities white water raft down the Zambezi to raise money for Comic Relief. As a final push, Radio 1 DJ Greg James pledged to jump into the Zambezi River naked when a certain fundraising goal was reached, and (thanks to a massive social media buzz and a push by Radio 1) it was…and he did! We hardly recommend you go to such measures, but mini goals and extra forfeits like this, combined with a social media push, can really help tell the story and give people more reasons to donate!

Make use of new online technologies
There is always something new and exciting happening in the world of online fundraising. One of the latest is an easy two minute way to create your own challenge website at a cost of just £20. A website can provide a centralised hub which can host detailed information about yourself, your challenge, your charity, your fundraising page, your blog and pics. This is great as you can use this to engage your local press by sending them a link to your site – the easier it is for them to find info, the more likely they are to give you the coverage you need. You can also offer businesses the opportunity to feature their logo and information on your website in return for corporate sponsorship. To find out more info about setting up your own challenge website, visit thechallengenetwork.com.

Here at Charity Challenge, we’re going to be soon launching our very own new piece of online technology, that we hope is going to have a very big impact on online fundraising, and it going to be of special interest to our charity partners, so watch this space!
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Jack Dee talks on ‘the last leg’ about the ‘BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water’ – reminiscing about the Crocs, Dara’s misadventure & “Tarzan” Zambezi river guide Sven!

Take on the Zambezi River Challenge yourself!

Follow in the Paddle strokes of the Celebrity Comic Relief team, and take on the Zambezi river challenge! Itinerary includes white water rafting and taking on the rapids at the foot of the awe inspiring Victoria Falls, check out the brand new challenge here!

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25 years of Red Nose Day

The wrapping up of the ‘BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water’ neatly correlates with a big day at Comic Relief, the 25th anniversary of the very first Red Nose Day!

As it states on the Red Nose Day website, it’s been 25 years since Red Nose Day first burst onto our screens, and thanks to the generosity of the British public since 1988 – over £600 million has been raised through 13 Red Nose Days.

Whether it’s at work, at school or at home, the money raised is used to transform the lives of countless people, both here at home in the UK and across Africa. During day 3 of the Hell and High water challenge, the team visited a local Zambian school and found out just how necessary every penny raised is.

Once again, the nation is gearing up to put on their Noses, pull out all the stops, and get fundraising. The ‘BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water’ documentary, which shows what went down on Zambezi, and what the team went through to earn your sponsorship of £570492 for Comic Relief, will be aired during Red Nose day 2013, on March 15th.

So let’s make the 25th Red Nose Day the most successful ever!

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The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water – day by day video diary!

The challenge saw former Spice Girl and current solo artist Melanie Chisholm, Waterloo Road actress and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Chelsee Healey, Radio 1 DJ Greg James, Olympian Phillips Idowu and top comedians Dara O’Briain and Jack Dee battling the rapids and dodging the crocs and hippos as they canoed and white water rafted over 100kms down Africa’s mighty Zambezi River… all in the name of raising vital funds and awareness for Comic Relief!

Day 1

The team started their journey by paddling in the traditional dugout canoes used by local fisherman on the river. They had to get to grips with poling and paddling these hollowed-out tree trunks, whilst navigating their way through busy ferry crossings.

Day 2

After spending their first night in the wilderness, day 2 saw the team tackle a series of upper Zambezi rapids in inflatable two-men canoes, often referred to as “divorce boats”. They to be careful to keep an out for the pods of hippos and resident crocodiles that call the Zambezi their home.

Day 3

On Day 3, the celebrity team joined children from a local village on their daily 2 hour walk to their nearest school. This is where the team truly began to understand the importance of their journey – to help children in Zambia go to school. These is also the day where the team had a couple of encounters of the wild kind…

Day 4

On Day 4, the team made their way towards the top of Victoria Falls in an inflatable raft, here they learnt the real importance of team work as if they don’t paddle together they simply won’t go anyway. The day finished on Livingstone Island, on the edge of the falls.

Day 5

On day 5, the challenge culminated on the awesome white water beneath Victoria Falls. They team had to brave 16kms of some of the most treacherous rapids in the world, such as the “Gnashing jaws of death”, “Oblivion” and the “Overland Truck Eater”!

To keep up to date on all things Hell and High water, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our Blog, YouTube account and mailing list. You can also find out all about the challenge and see the latest news here.

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Comic Relief celebrities complete ‘Hell and High Water’ Zambezi challenge for Red Nose Day

Celebrities including comedian Dara O’Briain, singer Mel C and Radio 1 DJ Greg James have successfully completed their ambitious to travel along the Zambezi river to raise money for Comic Relief.

Traveling for 100km over five days, they completed their epic mission this afternoon after a final day of battling dangerous rapids.

Greg James said after finishing: ‘Let me sum up how I’m feeling in one phrase – I’m over it. It’s been really tough. But we’re here, we’ve been doing this challenge and we all look like idiots, but the point is to raise a lot of money for the people we’ve been meeting out here.’

Dara O’Briain added: ‘Huge thanks to everyone who supported and donated the Zambesi challenge. Finished this afternoon after a hairy day on the rapids. Exhausted.’

The official Red Nose Day page said the team – which also included comedian Jack Dee, athlete Phillips Idowu and actress Chelsee Healey – was ‘exhausted, exhilarated and very soggy.’

The challenge proved to be one of the more dangerous tasks attempted in the name of Comic Relief, with fears raised on day two after Idowu and O’Briain were unreachable for an hour after taking a wrong turn.

The final stages of the challenge saw the team clambering down a 200ft gorge on a ladder, known locally as ‘the steps of doom’.

During the final stages the rapids were so fierce that their support team were thrown into the water.

The ‘Hell and High Water’ challenge hopes to raise £1million to help children in Zambia go to school.

If you want to donate, head to rednoseday.com.

Source – The Metro – http://metro.co.uk/2013/02/01/comic-relief-celebrities-complete-hell-and-high-water-zambezi-challenge-for-red-nose-day-3378049/

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And that’s job done! Congratulations to the Red Nose Team Zambezi! Nearly £400,000 raised for Comic Relief! now that is worth going through Hell and High Water for… Thank you to everyone who donated!

A massive well done to Melanie Chisholm, Chelsee Healey, Greg James, Phillips Idowu, Dara O’Briain and Jack Dee for surviving Hell and High Water and going above and beyond for Comic Relief!

To keep up to date on all things Hell and High water, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our Blog, YouTube account and mailing list. You can also find out all about the challenge and see the latest news here.

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Ready for the final push…

Almost there, it’s getting really tough on the rapids now, and what will be keeping the team going now is the thought of why they are doing this, to raise money for a vital cause – Comic Relief! So please if you can spare a few pennies, it’s not too late to Sponsor the team and help raise money for Comic Relief! Click here to donate!

To keep up to date on all things Hell and High water, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our Blog, YouTube account and mailing list. You can also find out all about the challenge and see the latest news here.

If you’ve been inspired and want to take on your own experience of a lifetime, then check out our amazing and global range of treks, bike rides and mountain climbs here. You can even take part in our exclusive Zambezi challenge. Click here to receive details once the challenge is complete.

The Hell and High Water team are going steady(ish!) through the white water, next rapid to go “the Terminator!”…

To keep up to date on all things Hell and High water, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our Blog, YouTube account and mailing list. You can also find out all about the challenge and see the latest news here.

If you’ve been inspired and want to take on your own experience of a lifetime, then check out our amazing and global range of treks, bike rides and mountain climbs here. You can even take part in our exclusive Zambezi challenge. Click here to receive details once the challenge is complete.

What went down on Day Four of the challenge – Hell, high water, and hippos

The intrepid team today completed day four of the gruelling BT Red Nose Challenges: Hell and High Water. The group picked up the pace this morning for their penultimate day on the river; leaving their camp early to take on their next set of terrifying rapids, amid dangerous wildlife.

Before setting off, the celebrities were briefed about the dangers of the local animals. They were told about hippos that chomp at boats to knock them over, and crocodiles that then line the shore, attacking rafters as they swim to safety. With the threat from wildlife growing greater by the day, and after Dara and Phillips’ drama earlier in the week, the guides have decided to take no chances and move the challengers out of their two-man kayaks to six-man rafts – safety in numbers.

Comedian and TV presenter Dara O’Briain said:

“We feel marginally safer about the hippos now because there are six of us; the odds of being eaten are slightly lower. Still, it’s a heavy boat and a really monotonous action; we only just got the rhythm of one boat and we change into another! The brief this morning was really scary, apparently if the hippos don’t get you, the crocodiles will chew the boat until it’s dragged down. But in the distance we can see the spray from Victoria Falls. We’re slowly inching towards it. It’s the most heartening sight we’ve seen.”

Radio 1’s Greg James said:

“It’s like when you’re little and your Mum and Dad go all serious – when they take it seriously, you take it seriously. At one point our guide Sven simply said, “If I say jump out of the boat and swim to the bank, you do it – very quickly!”

The animals aren’t the only challenge the celebrities faced today, the team were under serious pressure to move quickly in order to reach Victoria Falls by sunset. The challengers have to be off the river by nightfall to help avoid attack from hippos – who kill an average of 3000 people a year on the Zambezi. But for six first-time kayakers racing against the clock, it’s not been easy. The team are even eating on the move to catch up on lost time and avoid being stuck on the river in the dark.

Despite the hungry hippos, the team continue to push themselves to the limit as they travel closer to tomorrow’s finish line, and a total of 111km down the deadly Zambezi river.

Source – Red Nose Day website – http://www.rednoseday.com/news/day-four-hell-high-water-and-hippos

To keep up to date on all things Hell and High water, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our Blog, YouTube account and mailing list. You can also find out all about the challenge and see the latest news here.

If you’ve been inspired and want to take on your own experience of a lifetime, then check out our amazing and global range of treks, bike rides and mountain climbs here. You can even take part in our exclusive Zambezi challenge. Click here to receive details once the challenge is complete.