Jog 30K in November Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Jog 30K in November challenge work?
Participants are challenged to jog 30km throughout November for Samaritans. The challenge officially starts on Monday 1 November 2021 and will end on Tuesday 30 November 2021.
How do I get started?
Is there a registration fee?
Nope, this event is FREE for anyone to take part! We hope you'll use the opportunity to help raise money for Samaritans. All the money you raise will help us reach more people who need our support.
What is the registration deadline?
There is no deadline for registering but registrations will be capped at 4,000. We’d recommend signing up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
How do I track my distance?
You can keep track of your distance by keeping a record on your jogging distance poster, which you can download here. This is also a great way to promote your progress and share your successes with family and friends, which will also increase your fundraising. Don’t forget to post your tracker progress in the Facebook group too!
How do I raise money?
Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set up a Facebook Fundraiser in a few seconds and then it's really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends.
Where will my sponsors’ money go?
All sponsorship will come directly to Samaritans. You don't have to worry about this. It happens automatically.
How do I register for a t-shirt?
Is there an age limit for taking part in the challenge?
No. You can take part if you’re 10 or 110! But, if you’re under 16, you will need a parent or guardian to sign you up to the challenge. Please email [email protected] with permission from your parent or guardian.
Do I have to be super-fit to take part in this challenge?
Absolutely not! This is your challenge, so you can do it any which way you like. If you’d like to use all 30 days in November to spread out the distance or do it in one week, that’s absolutely fine.
By participating in this challenge, you are agreeing to enter and undertake this challenge entirely at your own risk. Samaritans shall not be liable for any injury. This challenge should be completed however is best for your physical ability.
What should I do if I complete the challenge before the end of November?
You can keep going! If you have reached your 30km target, why not do more, and set a new target? You can also keep cheering on the community and encouraging them with their distance!
What if I don’t complete the challenge?
The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. Do as much as you can. Every km helps!
Who can I speak to if I need more information?
If you have any questions or queries, please email [email protected]
What happens at the end of my challenge?
When you have finished your challenge, let everyone who has sponsored you know that you’ve completed it, and send them a big ‘thank you’ for their support. You can also share the 'Challenge Complete' mile stone badge to celebrate your success!
How can I contact other participants taking part in the challenge?
Join our dedicated group on Facebook and keep up to date with all the latest jogging chat! Simply search ‘Jog 30k in November’ in Facebook and request to join. Soon you’ll be sharing stories with our other participants taking part in the challenge!
What % of the money does Facebook take?
0%. All donations go directly to Samaritans.
Will Coronavirus affect the challenge?
We appreciate that it’s an uncertain time right now. Your health, and that of your loved ones, is the top priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following advice from Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
Now more than ever, getting out for some exercise is crucial for everyone’s mental wellbeing and this challenge is the perfect goal.
This is a personal challenge that you can complete by yourself, in your own time throughout November, but it's also the perfect opportunity to connect with others. Sign up as a team and join up virtually with family, friends or work mates. Track your steps and your fundraising progress on your Facebook fundraising page and share with everyone you know so they can support your achievements.
Your participation comes at an unprecedented time, so your support will help us be there for everyone who needs someone to listen.
What is the fundraising target?
We only ask that you raise as much as you’re able. Facebook automatically sets the target on your page at £150, which could fund over 30 calls for help, or support the cost of training three Samaritans volunteers for a year!
What is Gift -Aid?
Gift Aid is a government- run scheme that allows charities to reclaim some of the tax that you have already paid to HMRC. Currently, this is equal to 25p for every £1 that you give.
Gift Aid does not cost you any extra and can make your donation worth an extra 25% to us, so it’s a fantastic way of making sure your donations go as far as they possibly can.
How can I make sure I raise the most I can?
There are a few key things you can do to make the most of your fundraising page, including:
- Uploading a photo: This is a great way of personalising your page.
- Setting a target: Doing this is such a great motivator for yourself. It will also encourage others to help you reach your goal and who knows – you might even beat it!
- Sharing your story: Tell your supporters why you are taking part in the challenge and what a difference their donations will make to Samaritans and the people we support.
- Promoting your page: Email a page link to your friends/family and share it through Facebook. This is such a great way to raise awareness of your challenge and kick-start your fundraising.
- Keeping everyone updated: Try to share regular updates and progress pics on your page. Your supporters will enjoy sharing your journey with you and want to know how you’re getting on.
How do I submit money that has been raised offline?
- Pay in online at samaritans.org/pay-in
- Pay in by cheque: Send a cheque made payable to Samaritans to: Samaritans, The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, KT17 2AF. Remember to include your name and address details so we can thank you.
- Pay in by BACS, please transfer to the below details;
Bank: Lloyds Bank
Account name: Samaritans
Account number: 01446634
Sort code: 30-97-73.
Please use the unique reference FBNOV2021, so we can track your donation.
- You can download a sponsorship form here.
How will my money help?
As a charity, our ambition is to ensure fewer people die by suicide. Last year, our volunteers spent over one million hours answering calls for help. Your fundraising will help us answer even more of these calls.
For every £1 donated to Samaritans and its branches in the UK and Ireland, 80p goes on our services and just 20p is invested in raising the next £1.
I’m not based in the UK, can I still take part and fundraise for Samaritans?
Yes, you can! The great thing about this challenge is that you can do it anywhere.
How do I change the date and name of my fundraiser?
Here’s how to do that:
- Go to your fundraising page
- Click “Edit” under the main image and headline
- Scroll down to the box that says “Set the End Date”
- Select 15 December or later.
- Then click Save in the top right.
Is there a deadline to complete fundraising?
Your Facebook fundraising page will close on the end date provided when the page was created. You can edit this by following the below steps;
- Go to your fundraising page
- Click ‘Edit’ under the main image and headline
- Scroll down to the box that says ‘Set the End Date’
- Select 15 December
- Then click ‘Save’ in the top right
Can I sign up as a Team?
Yes absolutely! Each participant needs to register for their t-shirt separately but you can all share one Facebook fundraiser page.
Can I fundraise directly for my local Samaritans branch?
All the money raised from the ‘Jog 30K in November’ challenge will support Samaritans Central Charity. Find out more about how your support will help.
Can I get extra t-shirts for my family and friends?
Unfortunately, we have a very limited stock of t-shirts and will only be able to supply one t-shirt per registered fundraiser.
Can my friends and family donate if they are not on Facebook?
The best way for individuals to donate who are not on Facebook is via one of the below options:
- They can give you the cash or transfer you the funds ( PayPal, Online Banking etc.) and you can add the donation to your fundraiser yourself.
- They can donate directly to Samaritans via samaritans.org/donate/pay-in if they do this please ask them to put your name and “Jog 30K in November” in the message box so funds can be allocated correctly.
Someone accidentally donated to my page, can you issue them a refund?
Unfortunately, we can’t issue refunds through Facebook, but donors can request a refund themselves from Facebook by following the below steps:
- Send them this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823
- Select ‘I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook’
- Select ‘I want a refund for my donation(s)’
- Select ‘I donated by accident’ and request the refund
I have created a Facebook fundraiser, but I can't find it. Help!
No problem, you can find your page here: https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/manage
I have created more than one Facebook fundraiser by mistake, how do I amend this?
Unfortunately, you can't merge the Facebook Fundraiser pages. You can however change the end date on one to close today, so no one sponsors you using that page. If you already have sponsorship on both then you can instead hide one of them so others don't see it and the majority of money goes on one main Fundraiser that you promote. Whatever you decide and even if you close the page early, the funds still come to Samaritans.