The R1.3 million raised online by riders of this year’s 947 Cycle Challenge proved that crowdfunding for charity is a powerful wave that events, charities and participants should all get on to make a bigger impact.
Cyclists raised almost three times more than they did last year via GivenGain, the online fundraising platform used by thousands of cyclists in this event and many other sports events worldwide.
Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge GivenGain fundraising stats:
|Total raised: R1,367,368
Total fundraisers: 318
Countries reached: 31
|Total raised: R544,242
Total fundraisers: 92
Countries reached: 17
Marius Maré of GivenGain says 65 GivenGain charities stood to benefit from fundraising around the event, as event organisers allowed riders to fundraise for any GivenGain charity of their choice.
Top 5 benefiting charities:
The Cows – R700,592
Qhubeka Charity – R121,499
Rare Diseases South Africa – R79,911
Early Care Foundation – R62,927
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) South Africa – R38,573
“Trebling an event’s fundraising from one year to the next shows the rising power of crowdfunding for charity,” says Maré. “It is proof that individuals and groups can make a big difference to the fate of those in need of our help.”
He says as fundraising by ordinary people starts to make a big impact, events should use them as a force for good. Charities, too, should take advantage of crowdfunding as there are hundreds of thousands of people who want to change the world with them.
“Whether fundraising alone or in a team, online fundraising helps participants to make their race more meaningful, by letting them ask their network of friends, family and colleagues to donate to a charity or charities of their choice.”
Don’t ever think you can’t help to change the world, one donor at a time!