After registration, each Coastrek participant will receive a
personal fundraising page where friends and family can go to make a
secure online credit card donation toward your Trek to restore
Each team will also have a Team fundraising page controlled by
the Team Captain, where your sponsors can see the fundraising total
for all four team members.
Teams have until midday on Tuesday 19 March 2013 to help
us raise money to restore sight. We've set ourselves the
goal to to raise $1,700,000 through Coastrek 2013 so every
step you take and every dollar you raise will bring us closer to
reaching our target to end avoidable blindness!
How do I get people to sponsor me?
Once logged into fundraising via your Trekker Account, you'll be
able to 'Get Sponsors' - where you can send emails to your contacts
asking them to support your Trek. The email will contain a link to
your personal fundraising page where they can click to donate
online - its that easy!
Through your fundraising page, you'll be able to see which
friends you've asked to sponsor you and also which ones have
actually made a donation and/or left a message for you on your
page. You'll be able to send them a nice thank you email straight
from your fundraising account, letting them know the difference
they've just made to somebody needlessly blind!
I don't feel comfortable asking my friends for money - is there
something else I can do?
Don't like the idea of emailing your friends just to ask them
for money? The important thing to remember is that the money being
raised through Coastrek is going to the sight restoring work of The
Fred Hollows Foundation.You might be surprised how generous people
can be when they find out about the amazing challenge you're taking
to help eradicate avoidable blindness worldwide!
One technique we've found that works really well is to invite
your friends to take up the Coastrek challenge with you! The more
people we have participating, the more money we can raise! However,
If they refuse because it sounds too hard, ask them if they might
consider making a donation to your effort instead. You only need 16
friends to give you $25 each and you've already raised the minimum
Make sure your sponsors know that for as little as $25, they can
restore sight to someone who is needlessly blind - which is
completely life changing. Most people will be in awe of the
inspiring challenge you're undertaking to trek up to 100km, so
you'll find that your friends are extremely generous and will be
happy to support you!
Don't forget, you can also host a
Coastrek fundraising event to supplement your online fundraising
and give something back to your sponsors for their generous
You can find
stories, videos and other fundraising resources here to help you
tell your sponsors more about the amazing cause behind your