Walk; what kind of benefits? Ever wonder why people go out and sweat for love? They might like to move, no matter what, or they might focus on the mission of the charity the sponsor is running or walking.
But research by some reputable people has found that people are more likely to support a cause and donate IF they suffer a little.
Yes, it’s called the “martyr effect.” It’s a real thing. And martyrdom seems more powerful when we suffer from a terrible problem, disease, or condition.
These days, suffering can take all kinds of forms. Like the Ice Bucket Challenge for AL, the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics, or maybe just a 5k with your dearest animal friend for Strut Your Mutt supporting the Best Friends Animal Society (hardly a martyr in my light, though).
Nightmares aside, running, walking, or cycling for charity is a good idea. It only takes a few hours, you will raise money for a good cause, and you can get healthy … all at the same time.
What are the charity walks and walks?
Can you believe that “thons” was only around in the 1970s? Mars of Dimes put together its first event in 1970. Since then, this successful event has been repeated by just about everyone. Now known as the March for Children, this event is still going strong.
Walk/Race/activities are both competitive and competitive races sponsored by many charities to raise funds and as a way to involve many more people than they might otherwise have in their causes.
Participants usually pay a registration fee and collect a deposit. In return, they enjoy a nice walk/run organized for them, snacks, drinks, T-shirts, and other souvenirs.
Hiking and driving can be a fun family activity, or organize a bunch of friends to go with you. Active participants can raise thousands of dollars for their favorite charities with the online tools most major drives/walks provide.
If you want to do more, the welfare walks and runs need many volunteers on the day of the run or walk. You could drop information packets, take registrations, help set up the route, or distribute refreshments during the event.
How to participate in a charity Walk or Run
Here are some of the nation’s biggest annual “thons:
- Walk to even Alzheimer’s
- Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
- Bicycle MS
- American Cancer Society Affiliate for Life
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- Heart Walk American Heart Association
- Leave overnight for thrombocytopenia and lymphoma
- Walk now for autism talks
- Walk to Stop Diabetes
- AIDS life cycles
- St. Jude Heroes for the St. Jude children
- Buddy Walk for National Down Syndrom Society
Do you want something else? Try this
- MuckFest for the MS Society (Mud!)
- IronMan Arizona for SmileTrain (lots of torture!)
- Special Olympics Chicago PolarPlunge (Freezing!)
- Krispy Cream Challenge for North Carolina Children’s Hospital (doughnuts plus running)
- Oh, Cupid’s Race for Children’s Tumor Foundation (Just What You’re Thinking)
- The Color Run (get splashed with the colors of the rainbow in various cities for different causes)
The best way to find a charity track/run is to check your local paper or website.
Dozens of municipalities organize welfare runs/runs throughout the weekend in your area. You can also try searching the web using “walk” or “run” along with the state name.
Also, here are some folders and lists where you can search welfare and drives:
How to make the most of a walk, bike, or marathon for charity
- Find a walk/run/ride because you feel passionate about it.
- Learn all about the prospect’s expectations and requirements. Some events require participants to raise a certain amount of donation and pay a registration fee.
- Raise money with enthusiasm. Tell everyone you know about your participation and encourage them to support you and the cause. Studies have shown that people who use online social media to raise money for causes earn six times more money than those who don’t!
- But also be reasonable about how far you will walk/run/cycle and how much money you hope to raise. Set yourself up for success, not failure.
- Check with and then ask the employer to match or otherwise support your reason.
Get a transfer now. Help a cause and get in shape at the same time.
Check out the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum if you are curious about the whole field of charity treasure with sporting events. It is a professional group for organizers of sports facilities. A report on the agency’s site lists the 30 major sporting events ranked by revenue.