Sponsorship with a Do-ifference
Charles Price Campaigner and shop volunteer, Manchester
2nd Jan 2013
Tough Mudder Birthday
I guess it was at some point in the middle of the summer we never had, that I decided to enter Tough Mudder; a mud-centric, water heavy 12 mile course strewn with troubling obstacles, all designed by our very own British Special Forces. I couldn't think of anything more fun for my 35th birthday party....and I had given it much consideration.
As with many of these undertakings, marathons and such like, there is the inevitable raising of money for a nominated charity. It wasn't so much that I felt this was tried, tested and rather old hat, but that I was looking to raise sponsorships without relying on hard cash; something new and innovative...
Sponsoring Actions not Money
After some research, I came across DoNation; a site that allows you to raise sponsorships, or pledges, through the actions, or omissions, of others and people donate by doing something green. For instance, you could reduce your food waste or walk to work. I chose 'cool cleaning'; washing my laundry at 30 degrees. If it might seem self defeating to sponsor yourself financially to reach a target, setting yourself a DoAction as part of your
challenge does not.
Set on the Cholmondley Estate in two degree centigrade Cheshire, on the 17th November, I started and completed the Tough Mudder course. Here's a short video that gives you an idea of the grand time that was had doing Tough Mudder: