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RAISING GENERATION GIVING: OUR TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS

They say charity begins at home, but it certainly shouldn’t end there.

As International Parent Day comes closer, here at everydayhero we want to celebrate the role parents play in shaping the next generation of givers.

We know that giving isn’t just about the money. It’s about your time, your effort, your voice… but what about your child’s voice?

From just six months old, children have already developed a capacity for compassion. Whether it’s learning to share toys with their siblings or understanding when others are upset, everything we do as parents counts, so count it!

Making giving the norm in your household will define the way your child gives for the rest of their lives.

Here’s some tips on how to make giving part of your everyday routine:

Make it fun!

Teach your kids to embrace the joy of giving. Everyone has something they care about, and children are no exception. Does your child love running? Why not do a fun run. Do your kids love animals? Encourage them to walk in support of their favourite animal charity. We all know kids love to be active and there are lots of fun activities they can do to support their cause. To search for your favourite animal charity click here.

Start small

Everything counts, start small and do it on a daily basis. Make it your child’s mission to do one small deed every day and share it over the dinner table! We know it sounds simple, but remember, motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going!

Walk the talk

Children copy what you do. Make a donation, volunteer for a charity or bring them along to that fun run on the weekend. By being actively involved yourself, your kids will mimic the passion you have for your chosen cause. They will also learn the value of doing things for people around them!

Make giving a family tradition

Find a way to use giving as an opportunity to spend quality time with your child. Dedicate some of your weekend to introduce your kids to causes that you think deserve their support. Our charity pages are great resources to get them thinking about the world around them. You can also make regular donations part of your child’s pocket money! Find out how you can donate here.

Track every moment

It is important to be able to show your child the impact their giving is having on their favourite cause and with everydayhero, you can! Really help give them a sense of achievement with their very own everydayhero Giving Footprint. You can log the hours they volunteer, the money they give and the effort they have put in to making a difference. Every time they give, their Giving Footprint will grow right in front of their eyes and it’s a great way to look back on their dedicated efforts in years to come.

Share it with others 

We’ve all seen cute pictures of our friend’s kids on social media. So, why not get messy with them? Bake some cupcakes as part of your fundraising then upload your pictures to your pages to show others the amazing things they are doing. Don’t forget to tag us in all your posts, we love to see them! Please visit our Facebook and Instagram, or tweet us.

It’s never too early to get children involved in charity. As parents, we need to make learning to give just as important as tying their shoes.

With this in mind, get involved and make it count!

Get started with an everydayhero supporter page here!

Welcome to the new everydayhero, wonderful people.

From Tuesday 5th May you’ll notice a few big and exciting changes have taken place on everydayhero including a new supporter account, new website and new branding.

These changes aren’t just a facelift…they are a complete re-imagination of the giving experience and have been carefully developed from years of research, through which we’ve heard first hand from you about what you love about giving to charity and also about what’s missing from the experience.

Here’s a brief outline of the changes you’ll notice, but to get the full experience make sure you log in to your account and visit our brand new website!

Your account has changed, so now everything counts!

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Because all too often, the problem with trying to make a difference in the world, is knowing whether you are making a difference, or how much of one. We know that when you fundraise for your favourite charities you actually give so much more to them than just the money you raise. 

In a world first, your everydayhero account now enables you to see how everything you give counts and allows you to track in real-time the impact of your voice, effort, money and community on your new Giving Footprint. Your Giving Footprint is a dynamic visualization of your giving over your lifetime and grows with each action you take in support of the causes you care about.

Because giving isn’t just about whether you reach your fundraising goal, it’s also about everything you put in to your activity from sharing your page, to thanking your donors, to logging your workouts through MapMyFitness. With the new everydayhero, everything you give counts and is counted inside your account.

Log in now to see the difference you’ve personally made so far on your own Giving Footprint and watch it grow as you continue to support your favourite charities in future.

Learn more about how your Giving Footprint works and what it measures.

Our new website is designed to better help you help the causes you love.

We are so pleased to be able to share with you our new-look website which has been designed to not only improve navigation, but also incorporate the faces and stories of our community of wonderful supporters. Because everydayhero is really about you…so we’ve re-designed our website with YOU in mind.

You’ll now be able to more easily find other supporters, charities and events through the search on the homepage as well as learn more about the many ways you can now use everydayhero to give to your favourite causes through ‘Ways to Give’ on the green navigation bar.

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Possibly the most exciting thing about our new website is the Wonderwall – a beautiful online space we have created to showcase and tell the stories of wonderful people like you who are doing good. It’s a place of inspiration, of acknowledgement and of recognition of the generosity of our amazing community. Make sure you check it out!

Our brandmark has changed too!

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We’ve always seen you – our community of wonderful supporters – as heroes. Our brand has always been about you, for you because from the very beginning it was designed to be your brand. A brand that said something about who you are and about what’s important to you and one that empowers you to make a real difference in the world.

Over the last few years though after listening to how you feel about giving and about everydayhero, we’ve observed that perhaps originally we didn’t quite get it right.

Whilst you have loved the everydayhero brand, many of you are not completely comfortable being up on our pedestal.

You’ve since told us that in your hearts, your everydayhero experience was more about connecting with others to do something meaningful, positive, fulfilling. It was about spreading goodwill, inspiring change and raising awareness for the causes you love.

So this was enough to inspire us to change. And we have… to a new brand mark that better reflects that at the heart of our business, is the heart of your motivation… love.

Goodwill breeds goodwill.

Inspiration inspires.

Love begets love.

These are the key thoughts that our new brand mark was designed to embody and exude.

We hope you love it too.

International Day of Happiness – How to Make it Count

International Day of Happiness is almost upon us! A day designed to spread joy, a day to celebrate all the things that make you happy, and to bring out that positivity in those around you

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We here at Everyday Hero LOVE this day, it is an excuse to do good and feel good at the same time, and to celebrate this feeling with millions of others around the world doing the exact same thing :)

With that in mind we have put together our top 6 things to do this International Day of Happiness to help you make it really count ~

1. Bring in some treats for your work mates. Everyone loves something a little extra special so why not create a little joy during the work day and whip up something to share. If you need any ideas just click here for some healthy treat recipes.

2. Give blood. A simple yet hugely effective way to make many many people happy. For more information on where and how you can donate visit here.

3. Make a positive difference to the cause you care about. Why not use today as the excuse you have been looking for to make that donation or set up that fundraising page, with Everyday Hero it has never been easier or simpler to do so, visit www.everydayhero.com to get started.

4. Do a small random act of kindness. Doing something nice for someone else can really boost not only their day but yours also, and often it’s the smaller things that can really bring them delight. Give up your seat on the bus, tell someone a joke, go next door and have a coffee with your neighbour – whatever it is you choose to do, do it with a smile.

5. When you are buying your morning coffee, shout another for a stranger. Many cafes now often have the option to purchase a suspended coffee so that someone less fortunate can enjoy a hot drink. For more information on suspended coffee visit here. 

6. Volunteer you skills. There are hundreds if not thousands of local causes that are all looking for people just like you to help them do what they do, only better. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your local animal shelter and see if they have any kittens that need some cuddles!

#ilovebeCAUSE 2015

AUNZ-ILB-Email-HeaderEnter #ilovebeCAUSE to WIN $3,500 for the charity you love

On Valentine’s Day this year, you can not just show your love for the people close to you, but also make a genuine difference by taking a moment to show you love and appreciation for the charities that have touched and inspired you, simply by posting a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The three most creative and heartfelt entries will WIN a collective prize pool of $5,000 in donations.

Enter now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by uploading your image directly to our Wall of Love. Remember to tag @everydayhero and hashtag #ilovebeCAUSE when entering on social media.

All Entries will appear on our Wall of Love – Click here to visit!

ilovebecause2How to Enter

Keep it short, keep it sweet, keep it simple.

Entry is easy – 

Take a photo of yourself holding up a poster with the following text  “I love (enter your charity here) because (why you love them). (click here to download a poster)

Upload the photo to either Instagram, Twitter or post it on our Facebook wall.

  • Facebook – post to our wall and include the hashtag #ilovebeCAUSE in the post text.
  • Instagram entries – tag @EverydayHero and hashtag #IlovebeCAUSE
  • Twitter entries – mention @Everydayhero and hashtag #IlovebeCAUSE

First prize: $3500 to your favorite charity
Second prize: $1000 to your favorite charity
Third prize: $500 to your favorite charity

Competition opens: Midnight Wednesday January 28th2015
Competition closes: Midnight February 15th 2015

Legal Stuff…

By entering the competition you will be agreeing to the following terms and conditions –

Terms & Conditions

Everyday Hero #IlovebeCAUSE Competition

  1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these conditions of entry. Incomplete or incomprehensible entries will be deemed ineligible.

All Entries are via: Instagram, Twitter or Facebook

  1. To enter the competition, users must submit their photo either –

Instagram entries – mention @EverydayHero and hashtag #IlovebeCAUSE in their photo caption

Twitter entries – mention @Everydayhero and hashtag #IlovebeCAUSE

Facebook – post to our wall (www.facebook.com/everydayhero) and include the hashtag #ilovebeCAUSE in the post text.

  1. All responses will be reviewed and judged by the team here at Everyday Hero, 8th Floor, 333 Ann Street Brisbane on 16/02/2015. The winner will be determined by their creativity and originality.
  1. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not exchangeable or transferable and prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.
  1. This is a Game of Skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners.
  1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand between the ages of 13 to 149. Employees of the promoter and their immediate families, associated agencies and companies associated with the promotion are not eligible to enter the promotion.
  1. The competition commences on 28/01/2015 and all entries must be received before midnight on 15/02/2015.
  2. Prizes: 1 prize of $3500 donation to your charity member of Everyday Hero, 1 prize of $1500 donation to your charity member of Everyday Hero, 1 prize of $500 donation to your charity member of Everyday Hero

The total prize pool is valued at a maximum of $5000

The charity submitted must be a member of Everyday Hero.

In the event that for any reason whatsoever any prize winner does not or is not able to take any prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter for any reason, the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.

  1. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and all components of the prize must be taken together.
  1. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained as a result of the prize except for liability that cannot be excluded by law.
  1. Prize values are the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and are correct at time of printing. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in prize value.
  1. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any other prize/s except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
  1. The promoter and their associated agencies, and companies associated with this promotion will take no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit. Once prizes have left Promoter’s premises, the Promoter will not be responsible for any delay in delivery, or failure of safe delivery of prizes.
  1. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner and their guests may be required to sign a legal release in a form determined by the promoter in its absolute discretion.
  1. The promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address, and/or proof of entry validity. Proof of identification, residency and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit their prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
  1. All entries become the property of the promoter. All entries will be entered into a database and the Promoter may potentially use the entrants photo, names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice and without any fee being paid unless otherwise advised by the entrant.
  1. If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
  1. In the case of the intervention of any outside agent or event which naturally changes the result or prevents or hinders it’s determination, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes; the Promoter may in its absolute discretion cancel the event and recommence it from the start on the same conditions.

The winners will be notified by: Facebook announcement

  1. Publish Details: On the Everyday Hero Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter
  1. The promoter is: Everyday Hero

 

Is there a better time to start saving the world?

 

Making a difference this new yearThere’s something incredibly uplifting about starting a fresh new year! At Everyday Hero we’ve been thinking about simple and fun new ways that one could begin their journey to becoming one of the MANY wonderful heroes that we get to interact with each day. We have come up with a few tips:

  • Make this THE year that you finally break that bad habit! You could even make a small bet with some of your more cynical friends. Everyday will be a struggle to resist the urges but if you break through not only will you be able to say “I told you so” but you’ll be able to claim and donate your winnings to your charity!
  • An oldie but a goodie: give up your daily coffee for a month. Detox the caffeine from your system and then donate the $4/day to your Charity – that’s $124 in just 31 days!
  • Replace old items in your home with the new ones you were lucky enough to receive for Christmas and donate the old items and any unwanted gifts to your local second hand outlet – you’ll have more space at home and someone else will benefit from some new essentials!
  • Make a firm decision: what’s your cause? Whether its kids and education, animal welfare or community services – giving back is more than just raising money – it’s effort you put in and time you spend. Kick off the New Year by visiting your local library, pet shelter or op shop and see if they need a helping hand!
  • Christmas and NYE festivities mean that you may have collected a few extra inches around the mid-section so it’s usually right about now that you start making promises to exercise more, right? Why not raise the stakes, round up your mates and challenge them to a weekly fitness tournament – charge a $5 entry fee and then donate to the winner’s favourite charity!

To learn more about fundraising for your favourite Charity and get started visit http://www.everydayhero.com.au or contact our customer support team.

Our Top 10 Festive Fundraising Tips for 2014

 

Top Festive Fundraising Tips 2014

‘Tis the season to be jolly and give back to the causes you love

Wow! Is it really that time of year already?

We can all feel so bogged down with work/life commitments that we forget the true meaning of the festive period.   Let this year be your chance to give back to your beloved community and pay it forward with some merry giving.

Here at Everyday Hero, we do love our lists so we’ve put together our top 10 festive fundraising tips for you below –

  1. Hold a Block/Street Garage Sale – love thy neighbour and together, sell your pre-loved items and donate all profits to a worthy cause.
  2. Xmas Bake Off – In exchange for tasty treat, why not ask for a donation to your fundraising page? The best way to someone’s (giving) heart is through their belly of course!
  3. Sausage Sizzle – who doesn’t love a good ole barbie? Gather your friends together and hold a sausage sizzle. A few precious extra $$$ raised for a good cause and everyone leaves with a full belly – it’s a win for everyone.
  4. Games Night – Fancy a game of Monopoly? Everyone does! Host a competitive games night with the buy-in being a donation to your charity.
  5. Volunteer – Lend a helping hand and give your time to those who need it most.
  6. Have a Supporter page? Share the link to your supporter page when you send out your Christmas cards. Express how you feel about your cause and why you are fundraising over Christmas. If you know that one of your potential donors will not be able to make a donation online, insert a copy of the offline pledge donation form downloadable from your supporter page alongside the Christmas card
  7. Host a Christmas Party – Invite guests to leave their spare change in a big bowl at the front door. Sell hand-made tree decorations and foods. Run competitions that involve prizes.
  8. Keep it interesting on social – Mix up your Facebook and Twitter posts and keep them different and interesting each day. Use images and YouTube videos wherever you can. If you’ve got a funny side, let it shine!
  9. Ask the local café’s/bar’s/restaurant’s to keep a fundraising tin on their counter for you. No one wants a bunch of spare change, so you might as well have it!
  10. Follow up on promises – we live in a very busy, fast-moving time which means that sometimes good intentions can become forgotten when other matters become more urgent. Make sure that you follow up on promised donations. Sometimes our most generous supporters just need a gentle reminder.

It certainly is the season to be jolly and also to reflect on the year that we have had.  What we do with our lives changes slightly with each new year, there’s still time to make a difference in 2014 and begin growing a solid giving foundation for the year to come. Get involved, everything counts!

 

Don’t forget that if you want to fundraise for your event to set up your Everyday hero supporter page before the big day to ensure your donors have a safe, simple way to donate – click here to get started!

Top Fundraising Tips for #GivingTuesday2014

Giving Tuesday is all about giving back, your time, your effort, your voice. The idea is simple, however the execution can prove a little trickier – which is why we here at Everyday Hero have put together our top tips for making #GivingTuesday 2014 the most successful one yet!

  1. Everyone has those old clothes at the back of the wardrobe and even with the best intentions they can get forgotten about. Use #GivingTuesday as that shove in the right direction and get them down to your local charity shop.
  2. Helping out at a local food kitchen is a great way to give back, get your whole family involved to really make this a day to remember.
  3. Volunteering at an animal charity is a great excuse to spend time helping out our fluffy friends who can’t help themselves.
  4. Give back to your family and friends and in return they can donate to your favourite charity – they can get their car cleaned and your cause gets an extra boost!
  5. Make that donation you’ve been putting off to that charity you love, it might just make all the difference. Click here to donate.
  6. If you’re stuck on thinking of things to do, why not do nothing? Give up something the month before Giving Tuesday in return for donations, it could be something as simple as your morning coffee or something a little more stressful like chocolate!
  7. Make sure you get your friends involved in volunteering efforts, turn it into a real occasion whilst also doing good and feeling great.
  8. Make the world a better place and find out if your local charity could use any skills or connections you have available, perhaps your skills online are just what they are after!
  9. Remember to have fun, you’re giving back this #GivingTuesday which is awesome, and that make you awesome so don’t forget it!

Don’t forget that if you want to fundraise for your event to set up your Everyday hero supporter page before the big day to ensure your donors have a safe, simple way to donate – click here to get started!

#GivingTuesday 2014 – Tuesday December 2nd

#GivingTuesday is a single day where everyone, wherever in the world they are, give something back to the cause they care about. This global day for giving back is nearly upon us once again and we want to know what you are doing!

Maybe you will give up alcohol for the entire month of November? Perhaps you fancy having an office bake off on the day or giving up your morning coffee and making a donation instead? There is no action too big, no action too small, this is a day for doing what you want because you care.

Here at Everyday Hero we have also got into the giving spirit and have an iPad mini to give away to one lucky #GivingTuesday Supporter!

Simply tell us, or show us, what you will be doing this Giving Tuesday for your charity!

How to enter

Upload an image and/or short description to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, hashtag #beCAUSEicare and tag Everyday Hero! Easy :)

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 8.48.43 am Don’t forget that if you want to fundraise for #GivingTuesday or make a donation to do so via the #GivingTuesday page to ensure you and your donors have a safe, simple way to donate – click here to get started!

We will add all entries to our #GivingTuesday gallery!

Legal stuff –

By entering the competition you will be agreeing to the following terms and conditions –

Terms & Conditions

Everyday Hero #beCAUASEicare 2014 Competition

1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these conditions of entry. Incomplete or incomprehensible entries will be deemed ineligible.

All Entries are via the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest

2. To enter the competition, users must upload either an image or text (or both) and include the hashtag ‘#beCAUSEicare’ and tag the Everyday Hero account on that social platform.

3. All responses will be reviewed and judged by the team here at Everyday Hero, Ground Floor, 86 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD 4000, on 02/12/2014 The winners will be determined by a random number generator.

4. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not exchangeable or transferable and prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.

5. This is a Game of chance.

6. Entry is open to all residents of Australia, UK and New Zealand between the ages of 13 to 149. Employees of the promoter and their immediate families, associated agencies and companies associated with the promotion are not eligible to enter the promotion.

7. The competition commences on 18/09/2014 and all entries must be received before 4pm on 02/12/2014.

8. Prizes: 1 prize of an ipad mini

In the event that for any reason whatsoever any prize winner does not or is not able to take any prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter for any reason, the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.

Donations can only be made to charities that are members of Everyday Hero.

9. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and all components of the prize must be taken together.

10. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained as a result of the prize except for liability that cannot be excluded by law.

11. Prize values are the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and are correct at time of printing. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in prize value.

12. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any other prize/s except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

13. The promoter and their associated agencies, and companies associated with this promotion will take no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit. Once prizes have left Promoter’s premises, the Promoter will not be responsible for any delay in delivery, or failure of safe delivery of prizes.

14. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner and their guests may be required to sign a legal release in a form determined by the promoter in its absolute discretion.

15. The promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address, and/or proof of entry validity. Proof of identification, residency and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit their prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.

16. All entries become the property of the promoter. All entries will be entered into a database and the Promoter may potentially use the entrants photo,names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice and without any fee being paid unless otherwise advised by the entrant.

17. If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.

18. In the case of the intervention of any outside agent or event which naturally changes the result or prevents or hinders it’s determination, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes; the Promoter may in its absolute discretion cancel the event and recommence it from the start on the same conditions.

The winners will be notified by: Email 

19. Publish Details: On the Everyday Hero Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter

20. The promoter is: Everyday Hero

Phew!

Preparing for your first race – Top Tips!

This great blog post comes from our guest blogger Zoe – aka The Girl That Runs!

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The first time I ran a race I was so completely unprepared! I had brand new trainers on that I wanted to show off, along with very old cycling shorts that were made from Tshirt material and a top that fitted – just! – too snug I was to discover!

The race was a short race but boy I suffered the whole way round! My trainers rubbed and produced nasty blisters, my shorts were so old that my thighs rubbed together so much that they wore a hole which then proceeded to produce two blisters on my inner thighs that popped during the race and my top rubbed against my under arms and gave me chafing sores both sides.

I never did that again. The next day I raced out and bought my first ever pair of running tights and a nice loose breathable top.

The moral of my story is to be prepared when running your race whether it is your first or 10th!

Tips to make sure you are prepared for your race

Tried and tested 

Try out your running outfit before you race. Go for a few runs in the gear you plan to wear to see if it is comfortable and whether you have any issues with it. That way you still have time to perfect it before you race and won’t run into the issues I did!

Check out the route

 If you really want to be prepared and live near to the race course – go and check it out. Have a good look at the route, look at where the hills are (if any) and be super prepared for race day as well as noting where the start line is, where you can park and more importantly where the toilets are and how many etc.

Plan for all eventualities

If it is forecast to be sunny make sure you wear sunscreen. If it is forecast to rain take some layers to wear in the race lineup so you don’t catch a chill and you can always discard your layers as you go – so don’t wear your favourite Lorna Jane top ! If it’s a warmer than usual day don’t go crazy speed wise on your race unless you know you can handle it. Start off slowly.

Don’t go crazy

If you haven’t run a race before don’t go crazy. Everytime I run a race my adrenalin pumps and I feel so light that I could run faster than the speed of light – maybe for the first few metres yes but then I usually pay for it as I started too quickly. Stick to the speeds you have been running in training and towards the end of the race if you feel good then maybe pick up your speed.

Don’t try anything new

Just before a race or on race day is not the time to be trying anything new especially in your race gear and in what you are eating. I’ve had many a bad race from eating something I hadn’t eaten before the morning of the race. Whatever you normally eat for breakfast before a training run is the best way to handle this and don’t eat anything too heavy right before running.

Arrive early

There is nothing worse than rushing right before a race. It’d good to be organised and calm so that you can prepare for the start. Racing around looking for a toilet (take your own toilet paper also – I’ve been caught out a number of times!) or car parking at the last minute is a pain. I had to literally sprint to start a race once as I was stuck in the queue for a toilet and the race started before I got to the start line – hence that wasn’t a great race!

Most importantly…..

Enjoy yourself and give yourself a big pat on the back for completing your first race!

 

Editors note – Don’t forget that if you want to fundraise for your event to set up your Everyday hero supporter page before the big day to ensure your donors have a safe, simple way to donate – click here to get started!

#irunbeCAUSE City2Surf 2014

We all know taking part in The Sun-Herald City2Surf takes real super hero strength, physically and mentally and Everyday Hero wants to know what’s driving you!

Simply come along to the Everyday Hero booth at the City2Surf exhibition (stand 50) and have your photo snapped and tell us why you’re running and you will be entered into a draw to win an iPad mini – better yet, mention your charities name and you could win them a $500 donation!

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We will be publishing entries to our Instagram account throughout the week so remember to check it out – www.instagram.com/everydayhero 

By entering the competition you will be agreeing to the following terms and conditions –

Terms & Conditions

Everyday Hero #irunbeCAUSE 2014 Competition

1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these conditions of entry. Incomplete or incomprehensible entries will be deemed ineligible.

All Entries are via the City2Surf exhibition booth 50

2. To enter the competition, users must have their photo taken by an Everyday Hero Staff member and provide name, email address and telephone number on the day of entry. 

3. All responses will be reviewed and judged by the team here at Everyday Hero, Ground Floor, 86 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD 4000, on 11/08/2014 The winners will be determined by a random number generator.

4. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not exchangeable or transferable and prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.

5. This is a Game of chance.

6. Entry is open to all residents of Australia, UK and New Zealand between the ages of 13 to 149. Employees of the promoter and their immediate families, associated agencies and companies associated with the promotion are not eligible to enter the promotion.

7. The competition commences on 07/08/2014 and all entries must be received before 4pm on 09/08/2014.

8. Prizes: 1 prize of $500 Donation to an Everyday Hero Supporter Page. 1 prize of an ipad mini

In the event that for any reason whatsoever any prize winner does not or is not able to take any prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter for any reason, the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.

Donations can only be made to charities that are members of Everyday Hero.

9. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and all components of the prize must be taken together.

10. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained as a result of the prize except for liability that cannot be excluded by law.

11. Prize values are the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and are correct at time of printing. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in prize value.

12. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any other prize/s except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

13. The promoter and their associated agencies, and companies associated with this promotion will take no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit. Once prizes have left Promoter’s premises, the Promoter will not be responsible for any delay in delivery, or failure of safe delivery of prizes.

14. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner and their guests may be required to sign a legal release in a form determined by the promoter in its absolute discretion.

15. The promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address, and/or proof of entry validity. Proof of identification, residency and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit their prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.

16. All entries become the property of the promoter. All entries will be entered into a database and the Promoter may potentially use the entrants photo,names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice and without any fee being paid unless otherwise advised by the entrant.

17. If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.

18. In the case of the intervention of any outside agent or event which naturally changes the result or prevents or hinders it’s determination, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes; the Promoter may in its absolute discretion cancel the event and recommence it from the start on the same conditions.

The winners will be notified by: Email 

19. Publish Details: On the Everyday Hero Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter

20. The promoter is: Everyday Hero

Phew! That was long!