Sunday, 12 April 2015

Team Princess Justgiving how to

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Finally, here are the details of how to set up your justgiving page should you wish to fundraise as part of The Princesses and M.E event, to help raise money for the charities that support us during these hard times. Most the stages can be completed via the mobile version of the website, however you will need to use the full version of the site to page your page more personalised, as pointed out in the steps below. If you are on your mobile simply click use full site. The following info can also be transferable to other fundraising sites, such as the Australian everydayhero, although the steps will inevitably be different. Although I've not had chance to look through the process on these sites, please do give me a shout if you need any help.
1) Visit www.justgiving.com and click get started. You will then be prompted to log in if you already have a just giving account, or you can create a new account. Alternatively you can sign in via facebook. Or download the free justgiving app.
2) In the search bar type in the name of the charity you wish to support. Remember you can choose from:
ME Association
Invest in ME
Action for ME
Association for Young People with ME
ME research UK
3) Select fundraise
4) On the next page select personal challenge
5) On the next page select an appeal for a charity under event type drop down menu
6) Event name The Princesses and M.E
7) Event date 12/05/2015
8) Click no the event is not being partially funded by your charity
9) Create a URL address to your page. This will be the link that you use to direct people to your personal page so for example jusgiving.com/princesssian
10) Click create your page
11) Upload a profile photo if you wish
12) Create a title for your page. Use your name and The Princesses and M.E so people know it's your page
13) In the I am... part write " Dressing as a Princess for M.E awareness day" because "M.E needs more recognition and awareness"
14) If you wish to set a fundraising goal amount you can, remember though every penny is great and not to put too much pressure on yourself.
15) Story
Copy and paste the following after Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page... Non sufferers will need to adapt the wording to suit them. Also adapt to make it more personalised should you wish. Also if you are in a different country you will need to change the statistics.
As some of you will know I suffer from a chronic illness called M.E a neurological illness that has dramatically changed my life.
This year I am joining The Princesses and M.E, a group of M.E patients and supporters that are hoping to raise awareness of M.E and fundraise for the charities that do such a great job in supporting patients and those close to them. On May 12th, M.E awareness day myself and other sufferers will be dressing as Princesses and hoping for a fairy tale.
Our ultimate fairy tale would be finding a cure for this illness that has locked us away from the world. That would be an absolute dream come true. However to do that we need to raise as much awareness as possible, educating everyone about the true nature of this illness and the disabling nature it can have on the lives of sufferers and those closest to them. There are more than 250,000 diagnosed cases in the UK alone. 250,000 lives that have been altered drastically and 250,000 who are waiting for an effective treatment, better consistency of information from health care professionals worldwide and of course the chance of a cure to come charging our way. 
This year I am fundraising for (insert name of your charity) I chose this charity because of the great work they do to support M.E sufferers and raise awareness. They are a voice for the vulnerable in a world of much misunderstanding and prejudice against M.E patients.
16) Here you can list other initiatives the charity you have chosen do, and also the reasons why you personally chose them and anything else you are doing to fundraise. However on the full version of the site visitors to your page will see some text from your chosen charity about who they are and what they do.
17) Sign off your story with a thank you.
18) Keep in the paragraph about Justgiving being safe etc
19) That's it! You have created and personalised your own page. You can add further photos, videos, updates and even choose a colour scheme for your page on the full version of the site by clicking edit my page.
20) You can also personalise the thank you messages that donators receive when they make a donation, thanking them for their generosity. You will need to be on the full version of the site for this and click on edit my page.
21) You can also set up a text code should you wish to make things even easier for people to donate. Learn more about how to set up a text code here.
20) Link your page to the team page, which is www.justgiving.com/teams/teamprincess simply click on join team.
21) Share your page on social media. Especially on May 12th alongside a photo of you in your royal attire. It's as easy as clicking the share buttons. Bloggers you can also create a button that can be displayed on your blog that links readers to your justgiving page. Again make sure you are using the full version of the site.
Also any Princesses that enjoy crafting and making things who would be interested in making something to auction on the day please get in touch. We will be running several auctions of things made by members of Team Princess on the Facebook page on May 12th. Again with the highest bidder donating to the makers chosen charity. Contact me to learn more.
I hope this post has made setting up your pages easier and hopefully saved most of you a few spoons but any questions then please ask.
Queenie xx