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Isn't it always for charity and not themselves, shirley?
it's when they need to cover travel, food and hotel expenses to go to Tanzania to do it for a month that it becomes a bit "please pay for my holiday"
yeah i wasn't aware of that. that fucking stinks
I run for my own reasons, but I've raised money whenever I've done a marathon. It seems the sensible thing to raise what I can for a charity when the opportunity's there... would feel strange if I did something that often people fall over themselves to sponsor me for and didn't raise the cash. Don't really make a big thing of it these days though.
the second I thought Id be taking the piss asking again as it was more of a hobby by then. Wouldn't ask twice.
I've done a few of half-maratohons before. The most recent one was the first one I did for a charity, and I raised money for a charity close to my heart. I'm also doing a 10k dressed as Santa in December for another charity I'm connected with. The half-marathon sponsorship was raised mostly from friends, the santa 10k will be mostly by bucket shaking and from colleagues.
I accept that, because I do running as a (semi-regular) hobby, people might not think that it's much of a challenge for me personally to do, and might think twice about giving me money - I respect that.
However, I would hope that people who sponsor me for these runs do so more out of the fact these charities mean a lot to me personally, and out of the kindness of their hearts.
Basically I respect anyone who does something to raise money for charity, regardless of whether it's a challenge or not for them. Equally I totally love anyone who sponsor people for charity events.
Puts me in mind of blind kids charity tin shakers at supermarkets etc, and they're hardly no-one really holds a major grudge against them even though they're not really completing a 'true challenge'.
was being used to pay for my ticket to the festival. It wasn't. I paid £180 AND cycled 120 miles to get there so stuff you.
Pretty much think in most cases, if they're collecting via a reputable online charitable giving site or something, then they have to pay for the privilege of doing something they might do anyway, but they're raising money for charity too.
Anyone want to pay me to grow a moustache? Anyone? No?
The money goes straight to charity... I don't see people's problem with Movember.
really, really odd to see people getting incredibly indier-than-thou about something raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity because it offends their arbitrary allocation of hipster-offensiveness. Real, real cunts!
which is what I was alluding to, I have no issues with Movember myself!
housername vs. asita was quite good fun though.
it's a great brand and it's brilliant it raises so much money for charity but i find something about it inexplicably annoying *runs for cover*
just be more at peace with yourself, and stop worrying if people are doing something harmless that you don't want to be a part of.
i don't see why that makes me a cunt. also, i actually love moustaches
it's just not something to really go full on OH MY GOD FFS IT'S ALL OVER MY FACEBOOK FEED GOOOOD about
then i just slag them off in a passive aggressive way on an annonymous messageboard.
you are in wonderful company.
Fiercely articulate, well-argued, well-researched, always on the side of social justice. Good lad.
Should've just thissed marckee.
Didn't always agree with that fella, but he's probably the most politically astute (in terms of being well read and knowledgeable) chap I've seen post on here. jonny_rat - never posts much, when he does it's always worth reading. Always.
Just realised I've taken this into circle-jerk territory. Sorry about that. Might have to slag someone off to redress the balance.
i think we're back in 'internet tone of voice misinterpretation land again.' You said you needed to slag someone off to redress the balance so i thought i'd step up to the plate."
and now, once again, we're left with awkwardness. Internet is the worst.
Yes tonal nuances are so easily lost. Y'know, jacques_el_biscuit is actually a cuddly, jolly sort - very much in the Keith Chegwin mould. Wouldn't know it though. Wouldn't know it.
he would just cut me down with one-liners until i was a blubbering wreck. I think he'd probably be happy with that, even if it's not true at all. :D
Poor lad :(
Thats my problem with Movember.
but it wasn't like money to the charity to pay for books and pens etc. It was to pay for flights/holiday.
I'm not going to subsidise your brat just so they can tell everyone in freshers week how spirtual and enlightening it was and how happy the people are despite having nothing.
But it WAS to help build a school?
It was to cover the kids gap year holiday.
UCAS form enhancing tropical jaunt she could have done just as much good by helping some of the children in the poverty stricken areas of this country instead.
But somehow I'm guess she never considered that. The holiday snaps and lack of a tan just don't look as good
for not drinking booze in january. I also find with facebook, twitter etc a lot more people ask for sponsorship for things, but sometimes it gets a bit ridiculous and you don't know where to draw the line and then feel like a complete bastard
Firstly because it was originally envisaged by a lesser-known charity called Alcohol Concern who CRUK then STEAMROLLERED out of the way after adapting the idea for a massive national fundraiser. Secondly because the idea of asking for sponsorship for reigning in the booze for a month devalues other events which are actually worthy of getting sponsored for. Adults used to get sponsored for feats of physical/mental strength. Running a marathon takes some doing. Making a tit of yourself in public can often be a neat sacrifice for charity. Abstaining from booze because you've had a hitherto unhealthy amount of it in the previous month, and asking people for sponsorship because you seem unable to regulate your alcohol intake under than under the watchful eye of a charity fundraiser? Not having it.
if the it was about giving up for a month (or however long) and donating the money you personally saved that month on booze to someone on the lines of Alcohol Concern.
The `OMG I don't know HOW I'm going to last a month without booze LOL I'm such an alky!!11!` crowd would be silenced for sure.
Asking for sponsorship for shit like this makes it a more difficult climate for other folk to raise money for doing more deserving challenges. CRUK raise enough money through Race for Life - they don't need another big SPONSOR ME type gig.
Is that Chuckie from rugrats?
A bit like when that kid wanted people to give him money for his house deposit if he didn't drink (which was even worse cos it wasn't even for chairty but still)
which was drawn by someone on here about that story
Dryathlon, like Movember, engages a demographic that is otherwise not as active in charitable giving as others. It's maybe not as heroic as jogging around the Arctic Circle in 3 hours but it's not aimed at that kind of person.
Which demographic has it successfully targetted who were hitherto not as engaged in charitable fundraising/support?
the money raised goes towards building a riverside lodge in putney for reformed bantsy lads
When you break down who actually gives money to charity (in absolute and in relative terms), it can make for pretty depressing reading, as those who give the least are almost exclusively those who could afford to give the most, or who have benefited the most from the world and their privilege.
Don't think you can claim that's true in absolute terms as well though.
In terms of regular giving by individuals, this has some interesting stats:
Richest 20% gave an average £31.44 per month, poorest 20% gave £6.35.
In terms of proportion of income though, 0.9% and 3.2% respectively!
Hence why I questioned eltham's assertion. Things like Movember and Dryathlon etc. in my experience tend to elicit the most signups from demographics which already give most to charity (i.e. people who are benevolent but not wealthy by most yardsticks).
From memory, pretty sure young men are significantly less likely to give to charity than just about any other demographic though, so he's right in that instance.
It's about the male/female and young/old split, not income.
Be interesting to see what sorts of people signed up to Dryathlon though.
I've seen measures which looked at income and the like, which suggested that there were so many more people in the lower income brackets that as a total it exceeded those in the upper income brackets.
So although I've done loads of runs, I've only asked twice. First the Bristol 10K in 2011, which was a big deal because I basically couldn't run at all so I had to really throw myself at it. Then the London Marathon in 2013 because... well, that's a big deal however you slice it. If I get the Marathon again next year, I will be fundraising again.
With the London Marathon, I paid every penny of the surrounding expenses myself - trains to/from Bristol, hotels, all that. And I put £100 of my own money in to start the fundraising, which I scarcely had at the time. If anyone's complaining with that... well, they don't have to donate.
colinzealuk who posted above, and who doesn't know me AT ALL, put in £25 to my fundraising last year. There are some good people in this world.
but absolutely cannot stand the thought of hassling people for money so i neevr do
It is for a good cause, but sponsoring somebody to not booze feels a bit weird, i dunno. maybe they should set aside the money they would have spent on booze and give that to the charity instead. I'll give them a tenner or something, but a bit grudgingly I have to say.
when you get a kids sports team or dance club or whatever packing your bags at the supermarket.
I'll give you a £ not to pack my bags you useless morons. dont put beer on top of the yogurt pots! etc
you, shitberg, do not. Now here's 50p to fuck off. Enjoy your cricket tour of SA.
I'll be using shitberg a lot more from now on
Got a problem with that? AVE YE?
it's begageddon at this time of year.
that annoyed me.