Designing your Challenge

You can simply resolve to cover your chosen distance at your own pace, in your own style, during November. Maybe a short walk, run or bike ride daily, or a longer one a few times a week. But if you're looking for ways to spice it up a little, here are some possibilities: 
  • If the weather is against you, an easy 20-minute aerobic workout, or even 12 minutes of jogging on the spot indoors also counts. There's a vast number of YouTube tutorials that can help keep things interesting, even if the scenery isn't changing. Here's a couple to get you started indoor running 2.4km (1.5miles) or indoor Bouncy Walk 1.6km (1 mile)
  • Maybe you know fellow fitness enthusiasts who have home exercise equipment, say a stationary bike or rowing machine. Why not set up a virtual "race"? Schedule a Zoom, Skype or Google Meet, and see who gets to 10, 20 or even 50kms first.
  • Not ready to brave the streets or parks in full-body lycra? See how quickly a few laps of even a small garden mounts up. Download a fitness tracking app and see how many kms you rack up just with average daily activities, like shopping or picking up after the kids.
  • Install a free step counter app on your smartphone and see how many steps you can rack up when pacing back and forth across the living room while bingeing on Netflix.
  • Dance your distance. We've found that the tango, the waltz and any number of other steps are good for covering ground. Any kind of dance moves will rack up the steps on the average pedometer if you do it hard enough. Who would not sponsor a dance challenge?

How to maximise your fundraising

  • Keep us in the loop and join our Challenge Facebook group. We love to hear from you and we know how inspirational your stories are to others, so send us ideas, experiences or updates on your progress.
  • Tell your story. People will care more and give more if they know why you care. Fundraisers who tell the story of why they are involved tend to raise on average 74% more than those who do not.
  • Put a face to the name. Fundraisers who upload a profile photo raise substantially more than those who don’t.
  • Share early and shamelessly! Share your page via email, social media and any other channels available (local newspapers, radio phone-ins, personal blogs, whatever) as often and as loudly as you can. Studies have shown that people who share their page within an hour of creating it generally raise 52% more than everyone else.
  • Update your fanbase. People who actively share their progress, which you can do automatically by syncing up your fitness tracker (Strava or Fitbit) to your sponsorship page, raise on average 40% more than those who don’t.
  • Be your own biggest fan! This is such a vital cause and by donating to your own page, you show your own commitment to it. In general, those whose own names appear prominently in their list of donors tend to raise over 120% more on average.
  • Don't be shy about increasing your target if you can. People tend to donate less than they might if they see you are very close to your goal, so don't hesitate to raise your target amount if you think you can.
  • It ain't over till it's over. Experience has taught those who run similar online sponsorship drives that 20% of donations come in after the challenge is over. So even if you've completed your challenge, it can't hurt to reach out one last time to your sponsors – especially if you have some news or a funny story about what happened during your challenge to share with them. Maybe they'll dig even deeper.
  • Don't forget to say thank you to your donors. And please thank them on behalf of Framework as well.
  • Don't forget to tag us on social. Using the tag #5050OCF we’ll also be sharing your stories on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as listing a running total of kms covered and monies raised.