My name is Luke, and I am the founder of Swalky. If you have not heard of us, allow me to explain.
Who Are We?
Swalky is a free social walking platform founded in May 2020. We help connect walkers and dog lovers, so they can focus on the fun stuff, like exploring new places and forging new friendships.
There’s no doubting that 2020 was one of the worst years in existence and if it has taught us anything, it would be how crucial socialising and outdoor activity are towards maintaining healthy minds and physical wellbeing. We are introducing measures to keep everyone safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will be closely following the government guidance.
Due to COVID-19, people are spending more time indoors than ever before. There are over 7.9 million people living alone in the UK and many of those throughout the pandemic have lost jobs, social skills and even loved ones. As the lockdown is released, we want to help restore these skills with outdoor walking to unite communities and support mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to support everyone wherever possible and help them feel themselves again and our app will enable users to do that.
There are also over 10 million dog owners, many of whom own a different breed and are isolated among thousands of Facebook groups. We want to turn these groups into one massive community, where all dogs and walkers are welcome. Not only will this help to unite communities, but it will also support local charities, as detailed below.
So How Does Swalky Work?
Our website www.swalky.com, is already a fully functional platform designed to connect local walkers and dogs at the touch of a button. The platform matches users based on their preferences which include: age, gender, location, dog breed, walking ability and more.
Learn more about Swalky from our short video above.
We now want to take our concept to the next level with preparations for a mobile app design however, we need your help to achieve our fundraising target for this. In return, we are offering free premium subscriptions from 1 month, up to 3 years!
The mobile app will enable users to:
- Improve their health, mental wellbeing and social skills.
- Become part of a close-knit community.
- Meet new people and make friends.
- Share passions for the things they love.
- Help improve society and modern-day conservation.
- Support local charities*
*10% of all our future fees will be donated towards local charities, 1/3 split equally amongst dog rescue, mental health and environmental conversation charities. Users will be able to vote for selected charities and the ones with the most votes will receive funding. The rest will be invested back into the app to help improve the app in line with community feedback.
We believe it is the perfect time for people to start going outdoors, now the majority of the population are vaccinated and the lockdown is being eased. The best thing is, walking is completely free and evidence shows that it can even reduce the risk of many health disorders!
Up to now, Swalky has been completely self-funded and does not have the funds to finance future projects.
That is why we are hoping that with your support we can raise £10,000 before the end of June. We aim to use the funds to finance the creation of our app and help launch it in our town and throughout the wider UK.
We will really appreciate whatever you can give. Every penny you give will go a long way! Or, if you cannot afford to donate, we’d also love if you could share this page. Even if we can achieve a fraction of our target, we will be well on our way to funding the project.
We will be contacting all donators for their email addresses, so we can send out promotional codes prior to launch.
Thank you for taking the time to receive this and we look forward to hearing from you soon :-)
- Yours Faithfully,
- Luke and the Swalky Team.