Running for a cause: 65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation
Using the Benojo platform in a unique way to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.
On Saturday May 9, four Sunshine Coast-based mothers, each who have a child with Cystic Fibrosis, came together for 65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation. The inaugural event – which they created with the support of the Coen Ashton Foundation – saw them taking turns to run a 65km non-stop relay on a treadmill at their local gym, Jetts in Peregian Springs, Queensland.
Their aim was to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and organ donation, with the hope that one day ‘CF will stand for Cure Found’.
Coming together for a cause
65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation also encouraged others to host their own 65km event. After creating a profile on Benojo, they were able to create an online page for their project, invite participants and track and record its results.
“We utilised the page in a different way than the original intention set out by Benojo, as we made it a project hub for an individual project and not as an organisation,” explains Cameron Bean, who oversaw the 65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation page on Benojo. “This meant that we could set the teams up underneath the parent project.”
Subsequently, the 65kms Benojo page hosted eight ‘campaigns’ which were actually independent teams raising money for the same project. Supporters included family, friends, the respiratory team from Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and local businesses (we thought this video from Dukes Deli, who raised $1050, was a nice touch). Collectively over $10,000 was raised for the Coen Ashton Foundation.
Bean added: “The platform coupled with the secure and safe payment gateway of stripe made the campaign flow seamlessly and gave confidence to our supporters.”
Following the success of this year’s launch event, 65kms for Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation are looking to bring it back next year. “The project went really well,” says Bean.“We would like to look at utilising the volunteer hours function on Benojo in the future, as it is also an awareness campaign.”
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