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12 days of 5k's

This December look out those running and shoes and join us for our 12 days of 5k's virtual challenge!

The challenge is to run (or walk!) 5km a day for 12 days in December and raise funds for children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Scotland. You can take part wherever you are - this is your challenge, your way.

To take part, join our dedicated event Facebook group - you’ll be able to connect with other supporters throughout the challenge, share how your rides are going and access helpful fundraising tips.

You will also be able to register for your FREE CHAS Santa Hat and set up your Facebook fundraiser in the group.

We’ve tried to answer as many questions you may have below, but if we’ve missed any, don’t hesitate to email Louise on teamCHAS@chas.org.uk.

When should I take on the 12 days of 5k's?

We expect most people will do the challenge starting on 1 December but, as long as it's in December, it's really up to you when you start. Ideally you should do the 12 days consecutively but we appreciate this is not always possible. We're delighted to have you fundraising for us and hope that you're inspired to take on something challenging to yourself.

Do I have to complete the 5km each day?

While the goal is to complete 5km each day for 12 days, it is up to you how you take on this challenge. We know you're busy and might want to do bigger distances on a couple of days to make up the overall distance of 60km.

How do I keep track of how far I’ve run?

You can use an app on your phone such as Strava and then write down how many kilometres you do at the end of each day on the paper tracker in your fundraising pack. Don’t forget to post in the Facebook Group too and let everyone know how you’re doing!

How do I prove that I have completed the 12 days of 5k's?

As part of this challenge, you will be asked to set up a 12 days of 5k's Facebook Fundraising Page for CHAS where you can post your distances to update your supporters. These pages are linked to CHAS and we'll be able to see your progress.

How do I set up my 12 Days of 5k's fundraising page?

Visit this fundraiser link and wait for the pop-up to set up a page. Your banner and title will be set up for you, but feel free to personalise your fundraiser 'About' section.

Can I do more than 5km a day?

Yes! You can make your target whatever you want – you can make the challenge as hard as you want!

How do I register for my FREE Santa hat and fundraising pack?

You’ll find all the details in the Facebook group. If you’re not on Facebook don’t worry, email Louise on teamCHAS@chas.org.uk and we’ll help you out.

When will my CHAS Santa Hat arrive?

We will be posting out packs throughout November. We will get this to you as soon as we can, although please be patient as we are still working from home.

Will I receive a medal for taking part in the event?

All participants will receive a CHAS Santa Hat when they sign up for the event. There is no minimum fundraising amount but we ask that you try to raise as much vital funds as possible for CHAS. Anyone who raises over £100 will receive a medal after the event.

Do I have to set up a Facebook fundraiser?

Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way for you to fundraise. The funds raised are sent directly to the CHAS bank account and there are no fees involved.

Alternatively, you can set up a page on JustGiving – please make sure you call your page 12 days of 5k's for CHAS.

Or you can request a sponsor sheet for collecting cash by emailing Louise on on teamCHAS@chas.org.uk.

A friend accidentally donated to my Facebook fundraiser. Can you give them a refund?

Unfortunately we can’t issue refunds through Facebook but people 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 made a donation by accident and request the refund.

My friend who is not on Facebook would like to donate – how can they do this?

There are two options for them to support your fundraiser:

  • They can give you the cash or transfer you the funds (via PayPal, Online Banking etc) and you can add the donation to your fundraiser yourself.
  • They can donate directly to CHAS via https://www.chas.org.uk/donate - if they do this please ask them to put your name and "12 days of 5k's" in the message box so funds can be allocated correctly.

I requested a sponsor sheet – how do I send in the funds raised from this?

If you have raised money via a sponsor sheets then you can:

I want to complete the challenge as a team – how do I do this?

To do this Facebook suggests you can add up to three friends to be organizers of your fundraiser to help you manage it and rally more supporters to reach your fundraising goals.

First create your Fundraiser on Facebook and then by clicking the three dots next to the "share" button you can add organisers.


Please remember to follow all government restrictions on Covid-19 when taking part in the event.

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