I left school at 16 with plenty of GCSE's but did not want to got to college to study A-Levels and decided to concentrate on this business idea, I have spent the last two years attempting to set this up and have launched the website along with various Social Media platforms, my Dad has supported me in the early stages by purchasing the web address and medals to plan my first walk.
One of the hardest challenges I have come up against is getting the Charities on board, as the charities think that I will be asking them for help, this is not the case, all I ask is that I can use their motif on my website to show possible participants, where a percentage of the entrance fee will go. So far Diabetes UK, Ty Hafan, Cerebra, Blood Bikes Wales, Bees for Development are just a few that have agreed.
My aim is to raise funds for these charities, which are charities that are close to my heart, for example my Grandmother is Diabetic, my little brother has spent a lot of time at Children's hospitals and Ty Hafan is a Children's hospital, whilst taking a living wage for myself. The more races I organise, the more funds I can send to the charities. For example I can potentially send £300 to the Charity for each race of 100 people, obviously the more that enter the more money that can be raised for the charity selected for that event.
With the money taken for each event after the charity has received their percentage will be used to purchase more medals to increase the number of events that I can organise each month, I will be arranging events around special occasions, for example Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Hugging Day, Pizza Day etc
If I can organise one event per month that potentially could raise £3600 per annum which is my early aim, my aim is to have at least three events per month potentially raising over £10,000 per year for the chosen charities.
Should I go over my target with funds received the aim is to use this for advertising as the cost of this is high, something that I am struggling to achieve. This will then help me to build my business and enable me to organise more events.
What are these events you ask? Well these are virtual walking events where you pay to enter the event, you then complete the walk in your own time, a distance we set and a time period, for example 10k over a week. Once you have completed your 10k over a week, you send the evidence to us and in return we will send you a medal.
The medal below is a picture of the medal that will be received for the first organised 10k over one week event. This particular medal was designed by a child of 8, to fit in with the funds being raised being sent to the Ty Hafan Children's Hospice.
It’s as simple as that.