Virtual Great Glen Challenge event guide
Who we are
RSABI provides practical, emotional and financial support to all people involved in the Scottish agricultural industry. The service is available to those previously and currently involved in farming, crofting and occupations related to agriculture in Scotland. Last year we helped over 700 people and their families and saw a 63% increase in demand for our helpline services.
Our helpline – 0300 111 4166 – is available every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.
What is the Virtual Great Glen Challenge 2021?
On Friday 27 August we’re encouraging everyone to walk, run, cycle or kayak to raise funds to support people in Scottish agriculture.
You can choose your own challenge and target distance. Take part on your own or as part of a team.
- Get the kids involved with a 5km cycle after school
- Go head-to-head with another team in your company or family to see who can raise the most money
- Don some fancy dress and go for a run
- Or even walk the equivalent of a marathon!
We want as many people as possible to take the time to get away from farm and croft work, or away from your desk, do some exercise to improve your wellbeing, and have some fun raising funds for RSABI.
The virtual Great Glen Challenge 2021 is kindly sponsored by The Scottish Farmer and we’re using the fundraising platform Enthuse for the challenge.
On the last Friday in August we traditionally hold the Great Glen Challenge which sees teams of four complete a race of walking, running, cycling and kayaking. The annual event raises on average £50,000 for RSABI. In 2020 we were unable to hold the face-to-face race and sadly this year is the same but we’ve decided to hold a virtual challenge on Friday 27 August instead.
We plan to hold the Great Glen Challenge face-to-face in August 2022. If you’d like to reserve a team place email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free to take part
There is no fee to take part in the Virtual Great Glen Challenge 2021.
What you get
All participants who raise £75 or more will receive a limited edition Virtual Great Glen Challenge 2021 polo shirt following the event. To receive this please select your size during the registration process. The polo shirts will be sent out after the event. Please allow up to 3-4 weeks after the event.
There will be prizes for:
- most funds raised as an individual
- most funds raised as a team (averaged out)
- best fancy dress
- And we’ll also have some spot prizes for distance and unique challenges!
Prizes will be in the form of bespoke wooden environmentally friendly medals made from sustainable wood stocks for each category – a completely unique souvenir of the event!
How to take part
Decide on your challenge and target distance
Register here: https://rsabi.enthuse.com/cf/great-glen-challenge-2021
You can choose to register as an individual or join or create a team.
If you use Strava you can connect your account to your fundraising page and log your activities this way. They will automatically pull through to your fundraising page – just make sure your settings are not set to private more on this here. Only activities you record on Friday 27 August will pull through to your fundraising page.
We’ve found that connecting to Strava through a fitness device like a Fitbit or Garmin will give you a more accurate recording as GPS can sometimes drop out in rural areas! You will need to connect your Strava account to your fundraising page, and check your privacy settings, before Friday 27 August as activities won’t pull through retrospectively.
If for some reason your activity does not pull through automatically you will have the option of adding it manually to your fundraising page.
If you don’t use Strava you can add your activity manually on your fundraising page – honesty system applies! More on that here: How to add manual activities to your page without using Strava | Enthuse Help Desk
Complete your fundraising page
You will be asked to create a personal fundraising page (and a team page if you create a team). You can edit this to personalise the story, sharing your chosen challenge and why you’re taking part as well as add a profile picture. You can edit your target distance and fundraising target in the lead up to the event too.
You can find more information on how to do this here: https://help.enthuse.com/en/collections/2091500-help-for-fundraisers
Share your fundraiser
Share your personal fundraising page to encourage donations and to encourage other people to sign up.
When posting on social media please use #GGC21 and tag RSABI’s social media accounts – see below.
If you’re taking on a unique challenge, or have never taken part in our traditional Great Glen Challenge get in touch by emailing email@example.com. We’ll be looking for great stories to share in the lead up to the event.
If you have any problems registering or creating your fundraising page, or connecting to Strava please email the Enthuse Support team: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive emails from RSABI in the lead up to the Virtual Great Glen Challenge – these may go to your junk or spam folders, so please keep a look out for them.
You can contact the RSABI team by emailing email@example.com or calling 0131 364 4205.
On the day
If you’re using Strava remember to make sure your account is connected to your fundraising page, check your privacy settings, and make sure to record your activity on Strava.
We’d love to see your photos on the day – and don’t forget there will be a prize for best fancy dress so if you’re making an effort with your outfit post a photo! Post your photos on social media using hashtag #GGC21 and tag the RSABI social media accounts and we’ll share as many as we can.
When you’re organising a fundraising activity of any kind it’s important to identify potential risks so that everyone involved stays healthy and safe. RSABI relies on your generous support so stay safe while fundraising.
By organising your own fundraising activity in aid of RSABI, you are responsible for taking adequate steps to make sure that the activity poses no risk to yourself or others. Here are some pointers to consider:
Have you checked your equipment? Have you got a backup plan in case of bad weather or a problem with your route? If your activity is in a public place, do you have permission from the council or landowner? Have you considered whether you need any first aid supplies? Have you informed a close contact about your activity and what to do in case of an incident? Look out for common hazards that can cause slips, trips and falls such as steep steps/slopes, potholes, loose handrails, unsteady fences, or prickly bushes. Avoid busy roads and particularly rough trail. If you are going out on the water, are you swim capable and wearing a buoyancy aid? Also, don’t forget to ensure you have adequate support planned to help with handling and counting money if you are raising funds offline.
Make sure you follow local Covid-19 guidelines. Consider wearing a face mask, using hand sanitiser, or regularly washing your hands especially if you are handling cash. Consider withdrawing from the activity if you or anyone involved becomes unwell with a new continuous cough, or a high temperature or a loss of sense of smell or taste.
The virtual Great Glen Challenge event encourages fundraisers to walk, run, cycle or kayak - if you are considering alternative more hazardous pursuits please do contact us to discuss the merits of such activities on an individual basis.
RSABI accepts no liability for third-party activities. The advice given is not exhaustive, it is simply for guidance to help you organise your activity, so please consider other potential risks, and seek further advice where required.
RSABI social media accounts
Please post responsibly on these platforms and the Strava and Enthuse platforms which are all public forums. See our “Social Media Moderation Guidelines” for further information.
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