Marathons and Races

Marathons and Races

Make wishes come true by setting yourself the ultimate challenge of running a race or marathon to help children living with life-threatening illnesses. 

When you race in aid of Make-A-Wish Ireland, you’re no longer running alone – our fundraising team will be cheering you on and making sure you have all the fundraising tips and support to help you reach the finish line and raise money for an amazing cause.

As your chosen charity, we will be with you every step of the way, offering you all the support you need during your training and fundraising, race day and beyond! Get in touch with us by emailing to find out more.

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Tips for running a Race or Marathon for Charity:

1. Pick a charity you can really get behind.

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to bring hope, strength and happiness. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. Wherever possible, we invite the whole immediate family to share in the wish, to experience moments of joy and make memories to last a lifetime. 

Here are just a few of our wish stories.

2. Find out ways to collect donations.

There are many ways that you can raise funds for wishes. You can set up an online fundraising page, which will make it super easy for your friends, family and colleagues to donate to your fundraiser. You can set up your page with JustGiving, GoFundMe, Donorbox or even Facebook!

3. Recruit a friend.

Who said you had to do this on your own? Getting a running partner to train with or help host your fundraiser can make the charity running journey more fun and less daunting. Plus, you'll have double the amount of generous supporters to cheer you on!

4. Set small, achievable milestones.

Break down the total amount you want to raise into weekly or monthly goals rather than giving it a long-term deadline. You can always increase your fundraising goal as you progress.

You can also log your distance manually on your page or if you use Strava to track your walking, (see how to connect to your Strava HERE).

5. Get the word out.

When you are on your fundraising page, you can copy and paste the link to your page and post the link on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Across your socials, you can ask friends and family for support. You can also copy the link to your fundraising page and share it on your Instagram story or add it to your Instagram bio.

Use whatsapp groups, facebook messenger etc to copy and paste the link to your fundraising page and send it to friends and family asking them to sponsor you.

Download Social Media Images to share online!

6. Get sponsor cards

If the people looking to support you aren’t social media savvy, we can post you a sponsorship card and you can collect cash or ask people to Revolut you the money. Email to request yours today.

7. Don’t forget about your employer.

Maybe you have close connections to a local business, as their charity donation for the year, they can sponsor you! Or you can email the link to your fundraising page to colleagues and suppliers in your workplace asking for support.

Does your employment provide match giving? If so let us know what is needed to have your fundraising efforts matched by your workplace.

8. Remember to have fun! You're making wishes come true.