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Mercy University Hospital Foundation 31 Day Steps Challenge

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1st March - 31st March


Could you do 300,000 Steps for The Mercy in 31 Days? You will help us make a difference.

It’s a fun challenge, where you will get active and walk, jog or run 300,000 Steps in 31 Days, make friends and get going after those dull winter months. By taking part you give us the opportunity to provide support to The Mercy, allowing them to deliver first class care to patients and families.

The Mercy University Hospital Foundation is calling on you to take on our 31 Day Steps Challenge. By doing so vital funds will be raised for the Mercy University Hospital. Registrations are now open for this important challenge, which will run throughout March.

What’s involved in a 31 Day Steps Challenge?

Create your fundraiser with the click of a button. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Whether you are getting your steps in outdoors, running on the spot at home or on the treadmill at the gym. The challenge is to reach 300,000 Steps in 31 Days. By joining the Mercy Steps Challenge, YOU will be making a difference to the lives of those living with a cancer diagnosis.

Why not for fun create some friendly competition with friends, family or other group members? Compete against each other to see who covers the most steps daily! Make your steps count for patient care this March.

Where to start?

All you have to do is click the button below to get started.

Create Your Fundraiser Button

When you register, you will receive your t-shirt and 31 Days Steps Tracker Form to help you track your progress.

31 Day Steps Challenge - Mercy University Hospital Foundation t-shirt - I am making a difference for the patients at the Mercy

You will be supported every step of the way by the our Challenge Team. You will have the opportunity to join our special 31 Days Steps Challenge Facebook group. Here you can connect with people across Ireland that are also taking part.

We hope you will join us and support patients and families alike. Get going, join in the fun and YOU WILL make a real difference. This is the power and impact of your support.

If you have any unanswered question, please feel free to contact us or pop them in the Facebook Group. We can all learn from your question and other may have the answers too. For all queries pop us an email on challenges@mercyhospitalfoundation.ie.

FAQs – 31 Day Steps Challenge for The Mercy
Mercy University Hospital Foundation Facebook Walk or Run 165km Challenge October 2022 Public FAQ


How do I take part in the Mercy Steps Challenge?

To take part in the challenge is very easy!

  1. Make sure you have joined the FB group
  2. Create your fundraiser to log your Steps

Once you have those done, just keep stepping throughout the month and make sure to keep your family, friends and supporters upto date with your progress.

How do I make sure I have registered properly

If you have filled in the form to register for your welcome pack you will receive a email from us shortly afterwards confirming your registration.

To make sure you have created your fundraiser click HERE and you will see your fundraiser here.

What is in the Challenge pack?

In your welcome pack, you will get a letter from us, your Challenge T-Shirt and your steps tracker. Sponsorship cards are only added if requested.

Do I have to do all Steps in one go?

No, spread your Steps across the month and just do as many as you can. 300,000 across 31 days in March is a little under 10,000 a day, but some days you will do more than others. You can only do your best!

How do I track my Steps?

You will find the handy tracker in your pack that you can fill in and post pictures of it. You can also use any app of your choice, or just a handy pen and paper! Whatever suits you best, aslong as you post this to your fundraiser clearly!

We also encourage people to post to the Facebook group, but note we cannot use the group to track steps.

How do I prove I have done the 300,000 Steps?

As part of the challenge registration, you create your Facebook Fundraiser. Using that same fundraiser, you can post your progress and any updates along the way. These pages are linked to us and we will be able to check this for your progress. Please note this is the ONLY way we can check your Steps, we cannot use the group.

Can I do more than 300,000 Steps in the 31 Days?

Yes of course, 300,000 Steps will be a challenge for some but not everyone! If you feel you want to challenge yourself to do more you are more than welcome to do so, but we will only be tracking the 300,000! Please remember to only do what you can and do not over stretch yourself. We don't want anyone getting hurt or injuring themselves.

When Will I get my Welcome pack?

Packs will be sent in batches throughout the month. Note your registration date will not be the same as the postage date. Please note there are also delays with an Post so post may take longer than normal. In some cases this could take up to a week.

Is there a minimum you have to raise ?

No, there is no minimum needed to be raised in the Steps challenge. We ask that you raise as much as possible to make sure the challenge can support as many patients in the Mercy as possible.

Do I have to create a Facebook fundraiser

So for us to be able to track your progress we use Facebook fundraisers. If you do not want to share your fundraiser with your family and friends, you can just use it to track your Steps and make a donation yourself to your fundraiser. If you are not creating a fundraiser you will need to reach out to us at challenges@mercyhospitalfoundation.ie.

Can I get a Sponsorship card?

Of course, you can requestion one either on the FB group or by emailing challenges@mercyhospitalfoundation.ie. Please note if you request a sponsor card you must return it even if you do not use it.

Can people not on Facebook donate to my fundraiser?

Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow people to donate without a Facebook page. They can transfer the funds directly to you and you can donate on their behalf, or they can also donate through our fundraiser using iDonate for your non Facebook Friends. Please note that only Facebook Fundraisers are being used to track Steps.

Can my family / Friends take part?

Of course, we are delighted to have more people join the team, just guide them to find the links in the Announcement section of the fundraising group just like you did and once they register we can send them their own pack.

How do I setup my fundraising page

All the links to setup a Facebook fundraising page is in the Announcement or Pinned section of the Facebook Group.

How do I edit my fundraiser?

To edit your fundraise, just open it up (you can find your fundraiser HEREand click the 'edit' button on your cover if you are on a laptop, or the 'Edit' button at the top of your fundraiser under your profile picture if you are on a mobile.

What do I do if my fundraiser ends?

If you have setup your fundraiser using the links in our Facebook group, it won't end until the 15th of April, if you have manually created it, it ends 2 weeks after your creation date unless you change it. If it has ended, you cannot re-open it so you just need to create a new fundraiser and let us know so we can see where you are posting your steps.

What do I do if I have a problem with another group member?

Please report any issues within the group to a member of Admin immediately, we will work with you to find a solution. Please note we do not recommend you meet or contact others outside the group as we cannot intervene in these situations. 

Can I send feedback to the group admins?

If you have anything you would like to pass onto the Admins of the group you can post in the Facebook group – if suitable. Otherwise, you can pop us an email on challenges@mercyhospitalfoundation.ie

How can I return Funds?

There are a few ways you can return your funds to us raised on a sponsorship card:

1. Online - use your Facebook fundraiser or the mercyhospitalfoundation.ie website.

2. Post - send a cheque to us in the Mercy Foundation office in 4 Washington Street West, Cork, T12 CVH2.

3. In your local Bank - you can contact us for these details.

You will be able to drop the funds and card back into the office if you wish. While we usually request you return all sponsor cards, we understand this may not be possible for every situation so the following are options:

1. Return the sponsorship card to us by post (even if you did not use it)

2. You can also post 2 pictures on your fundraiser. The first picture of your card with the donation lines and names on it. The second picture is of the card ripped up afterwards, making sure to have the card number showing.

What happens if I cannot finish the challenge for any reason?

It is never a problem if you cannot finish the challenge, we appreciate all the efforts you made so far, and any funds raised will still go to helping the patients in the Mercy during their Cancer journey. You can keep your t-shirt and tracker, but please return any sponsor cards (empty or with funds) to the Foundation.


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