Q1: What have you been doing to fundraise?
A friend of mine was raising funds very successfully for Movember. I asked him what his secret was. He said that you need to keep reminding people in an interesting way so that they want to finish reading the email. So he would dress up in very humorous ways as famous people who had a moustache. This lead me to think about ways to make fund raising interesting and funny. I also wanted to go one step further to actually generate a reward if someone was to donate immediately.
The result was a short video clip. I used my two sons and a couple of mobile phones to video a funny failed attempt to get fit. The video builds as the bike heads for a ramp to jump a wide river. But to see the final inevitable failure, one must donate. My donation thank you email contains a link to the full video.
Q2: How have you found peoples interest in what you are doing?
Since I'm not really a cyclist at all, many were surprised I'd jump into this adventure, particularly on a mountain bike. I think it's great raising the awareness of the charities too. Great to see people talking about where the money is going too!
I have had overwhelming response from the video. I used the video to raise money for myself and my wife. Between the two of use, I guess it raised over $1500.
Q3: Have there been any surprises or interesting things happen to you as you fundraise?
I've been surprised how people that you would never expect and don't know very well, often donate the most. Thanks to all my sponsors! :) So don't limit the people to advertise to.
Q4: How is your training coming along?
I've learned so much about cycling in the past few months. I'm lucky to have many great friends that are already quite good cyclists. They have helped so much. It helps training so much if you have some friends to go cycling with.
Q5: What has kept you motivated to raise so much money?
Initially I was worried that no one would sponsor me, and I'd have to pay a $1000 to go. Once the video idea worked well for me, I was motivated by one of the promotional videos for my charity (ADRA). Those in poverty could make our money go so much further than we can.