Have a question? Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. 

What's the ‘50 miles in April 2022’ challenge?

The ‘50 miles in April 2022’ challenge for Autism Assistance Dogs is asking our supporters to commit to walking 50 miles over the 30 days in the month of April. Each participant will commit to fundraising for us during this period to raise vitally needed funds to train our assistance dogs for children with autism. Each trained assistance dog provides a lifeline for these children and their families.

When is it taking place?

50 miles in April 2022 takes place from the 1st April to the 30th April 2022.

What is the Facebook Group for?

By joining the Facebook group, you are joining a group of like minded, enthusiastic people who want to take on the challenge but also raise badly needed funds and awareness for Autism Assistance Dogs. The group will support and encourage you to complete the challenge as well as answer any questions you may have. They are there for you! 

Join the Facebook group here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1661142430894649/

How do I raise money?

By setting up a Facebook Fundraising page, your Facebook friends can donate directly to us. Facebook don’t charge for this service so all the funds received will come straight to us. If you wish to raise money offline, that’s no problem. There will be a sponsorship card included in your fundraising pack and you can lodge or post the money to us when you have completed the challenge. 

Set up your Facebook fundraiser here - https://www.facebook.com/fund/AutismAssistanceDogsIRL/

What is a Facebook Fundraiser?

Facebook has now included a fundraising option on their pages. You can set up a fundraising page and all of your friends can donate directly to your challenge without having to leave Facebook. 

Set up your Facebook fundraiser here - https://www.facebook.com/fund/AutismAssistanceDogsIRL/

How do I set up a Facebook fundraiser?

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/AutismAssistanceDogsIRL/ and wait for the pop-up to set up a page. Be sure to add  ‘50 miles in April challenge’  in your Fundraising page title so we can easily find and thank you! 

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO - https://youtu.be/p0rlLiMP4Cg

Where will the money my friends donate go?

All the money raised from this challenge by each of the participants will go towards training more dogs to be placed with a child with Autism. We are working on developing our puppy training programme so we can train and place more dogs each year. It costs €22,000 to train one dog and that dog provides a lifeline to each child and the family they are placed with.

How do I get my free t-shirt?

Register with us and we will send out a t-shirt with your fundraising pack. Included in the pack will also be a sponsorship card, more information about the challenge and how to get started. You can register via the 'register' button at the top of this page or by joining the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1661142430894649/ and following the instructions in the announcement post.

What if I don't raise much money?

We have no minimum or maximum amount that we would like our participants to raise. From our point of view, no matter how much money you raise it will go towards changing the world for a child with autism. 

Can I raise money on another online platform like Just Giving?

Yes, if you would like. Facebook lodges the money directly with us and doesn’t charge you or us any fees but if you would like to set up a fundraising page on our website it is the easiest option. Just be sure and register with us to get a fundraising pack and your FREE T-shirt. 

https://www.autismassistancedogsireland.ie/fundraise/diy

Is there a sponsorship card included in the fundraising pack? 

Yes there is! You can use this card to ask for support from your friends and family in person if you would prefer to use that instead of setting up a facebook fundraiser. If you’re worried about asking for sponsorship online you can always ask people to share your fundraising page (instead of asking them to donate) to help raise awareness for AADI. Please remember it is illegal to solicit members of the public, in a public space, or by going door-to-door for funds unless you have our permission AND a permit from An Garda Siochana. The sponsorship card is for use when collecting sponsorship funds from friends and family and it does not give you permission to solicit members of the public for sponsorship.

What if I don't raise much money?

We have no minimum or maximum amount that we would like our participants to raise. From our point of view, no matter how much money you raise it will go towards changing the world for a child with autism.

What happens if I don't complete the challenge?

That’s no problem, we understand that life gets busy and things happen. You can just lodge whatever sponsorship you have raised with us at the end of the month or if you still want to  complete the challenge, you can do so in the following weeks. 

Can I start late/early?

Yes, certainly. Our social media pages will be active for the month of April so if you start a bit late or early you can still stay up to date and get the support and encouragement you need to complete the challenge. Just remember to keep your supporters updated on your fundraising page and let them know how you are getting on. The majority of participants will be starting on 1st April but we understand that life can be busy and things happen, so feel free to start whenever suits you best!

Do I have to do ‘50 miles in April’ at once?

No, the great thing about this challenge is that you can spread the 50 miles in April challenge throughout the month of April! If you need longer, that’s no problem, do it at a pace that suits you.

Do I have to do ‘50 miles in April’ all in one go?

No, you can start and finish your miles whenever you like! We know people are busy with work, families or may be on holidays! The Facebook group will be active for the month of April so if you start a bit late or early you can still contribute and get the support and encouragement you need to complete the challenge.

Can I do another exercise to achieve the 50 mile target?

Yes, of course. We are promoting this challenge as a walking one but if you would like to jog, swim, run or cycle it instead that’s absolutely no problem. Just be sure and post your progress and updates on the Facebook Fundraising page so everyone can cheer you on and we can see how you're doing too!

How do I keep track of how much I have walked?

The best way is to use your smartphone! If you have an iPhone or Samsung there will be a preinstalled ‘Health’ App that tracks your daily steps and distance walked. Other apps you can use are: Strava, Runkeeper, Map My Walk. We will send you a paper mile tracker too so you can tot up your daily miles!

Do I have to prove I have done the challenge? 

Post pictures and updates on your fundraising page with your daily or weekly squats so we can see you’ve completed the challengeIt is also a great way to show your friends and family who have sponsored you that you're committed!

Can I walk more than the 50 miles in the month?

Of course. Setting a goal of 50 miles and exceeding that goal would be fantastic! Many people will walk more than 50 miles.

I registered for a fundraising pack already but it hasn’t arrived yet? 

If you are wondering about the location of your fundraising pack, please email ivan@aadi.ie with your details and we will check it out for you. Please note that packs take 3-5 working days from registration to be sent out. 

When will I get my fundraising pack?

All fundraising packs will be sent out within 3-5 working days of our receipt of your registration form. Please allow up to 7 working days to receive it. If you haven’t received it by then, please contact ivan@aadi.ie and we’ll follow it up for you.

What is in the fundraising pack?

- A T Shirt 

- A sponsorship card with fundraising tips and tracker sheet

- Your unique reference number

I want to register for more than one t-shirt as a family member wants to do the challenge with me but I can’t seem to select multiple t-shirt sizes on the form?

It’s great that you want to do the challenge together. Could we ask that you please complete the form individually each selecting their own t-shirt size. It makes it easier for us to keep track of registrations even if they are going to the same address. You will need a different email address for each individual registration. Get them to fill out the registration form to get their own t-shirt for the challenge below

Get your extra t-shirt(s) here!

I got my t-shirt but it’s too big/small. Can I change it for another size?

We try our best to fulfill everyone's requests but we may ask you to wait for registrations to finish before changing a t-shirt size. We want to make sure that all the participants get a t-shirt as I am sure you can understand. Please email ivan@aadi.ie with your request, unique fundraising number and alternative t-shirt size and we will see what we can do. 

Can I just make a donation myself instead of doing the challenge/setting up a fundraiser/asking for donations?

Thanks for taking on the challenge. We ask participants to set up a fundraising page and share it with their friends and family. If you are not comfortable asking them for donations you can always ask them to share the page to raise awareness. This is just as important. You can always make a donation to your own page to show how committed you are to the challenge.

If you would like to make a donate, click below.

Donate

How do I edit the end date of my fundraising page?

This is a quirk of Facebook Fundraising pages. They are automatically set to run for just 7 days!

You need to manually change the date to 3rd May 2022.

Here’s how to do that:

Go to your fundraising page

Click “Edit” under the main image and headline

Scroll down to the box that says “Set the End Date”

Select DATE

Then click Save in the top right. 

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO - https://youtu.be/M_VfqoBdOgM

My fundraiser ended before I finished the challenge. Can you re-start it?

This is a quirk of Facebook Fundraising pages. They are automatically set to run for just 7 days! Unless you edit the end date, it will automatically end. Unfortunately, the only way around this is to set up a new fundraising page so make sure to edit your end date as above. 

If this happens, we recommend you set up a new fundraising page, change the end date to the 3rd May and put a post on the new page explaining what happened and thanking those supporters who have already donated to your fundraising page.

How do I get my raised funds to Autism Assistance Dogs?

If you have set up a fundraising page on our website or you've set up a Facebook fundraiser for us then you don’t need to do anything.  Your donations will automatically be sent to Autism Assistance Dogs 

If you have raised money via a sponsorship card then you can:

  1. Donate raised funds online via the event page on our website here or
  2. Lodge the funds directly to our bank account. See details below:

Reference:  ‘50 Miles in April 2022’, your name & unique reference no 

Bank Name: BOI, Eastgate, Little Island, Cork

Account Name: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

Account Number: 88834658

Sort Code: 90 97 08

IBAN: IE61BOFI90970888834658

BIC/SWIFT: BOFIIE2D

OR

Bank Name:  Permanent TSB, Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork    

Account Name: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland  

Account Number: 17263776                                

Sort Code: 99-07-13                              

IBAN: IE54IPBS99071317263776   

BIC/SWIFT:  IPBSIE2D               

               

How will the money I have raised help Autism Assistance Dogs?

All the funds raised will go towards the training of vital assistance dogs. During the challenge we will post updates to the group to show you how your funds will be used and the impact that having an assistance dog has had on our current clients. To help show how your miles really matter, we will share a story every week over the next month via Facebook and email that tells you how you’re making a difference to our clients' lives through this fundraising challenge.

My friend doesn’t have Facebook and wants to take part in the ‘50 miles in April’ challenge?

If you have a friend or family member who wants to take part but is not on Facebook that is no problem at all. They can fill out the registration form and set up a fundraising page on our website here: https://www.autismassistancedogsireland.ie/register/50-miles-in-april-2022/defaultregistrationform

We will also send them a fundraising pack including a t-shirt and sponsorship card.

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

Unfortunately Autism Assistance Dogs can’t issue refunds, Facebook must do this. People can request a refund themselves from Facebook by following the below steps:

Send them this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/105616563307791

Select - I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook

Select - I want a refund for my donation(s)

Select - I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund.

I have another question not answered here?

No problem, feel free to post any questions in the Facebook Group as someone may be able to help.

If you would like to contact us directly, please email ivan@aadi.ie

How do I apply to get an assistance dog for my child?

Applications for our Assistance Dog waiting list are closed for this year. However, we would encourage you to sign up for our mailing list. To do so, please CLICK HERE and we will notify everyone when we are once again accepting applications.

How do I apply to get a companion dog for my child?

We will be opening the companion dog waiting list in five/six months' time, so if you are interested please CLICK HERE and complete the sign up form for our mailing list to ensure you receive news/updates in this regard

If I fundraise enough, can I ‘buy’ an assistance dog?

No, we do not have dogs for sale at Aadi. Sadly we don’t have the resources to supply dogs privately and our ethos is that we provide dogs without charge and without discrimination to those who meet our application requirements. Each application is taken on a case by case basis.

If I fundraise enough, can I ‘buy’ an assistance dog?

No, we do not have dogs for sale at Aadi. Sadly we don’t have the resources to supply dogs privately and our ethos is that we provide dogs without charge and without discrimination to those who meet our application requirements. Each application is taken on a case by case basis. (Provide link to mailing list sign-up where appropriate)

I’m having difficulty finding the Facebook fundraising page that I already set up?

On the mobile app or computer, go into your own profile page and down the left hand side there should be a link to your Facebook fundraising page (underneath the intro box). Alternatively go to the drop down menu “More” underneath your cover photo on the top of the page and select ‘Fundraisers’. If you are still having trouble, email ivan@aadi.ie and we will try and help you.

There are a group of us at my workplace that would like to do the challenge together?

That’s great. We love having teams that complete the challenge together. Firstly, nominate a team captain and he/she can then register the team for all of you. The team captain can register the team here

Once the team is registered, the team captain will receive an email with a URL to share with all remaining teammates.  This URL is an invitation for everyone else to join the team by registering and setting up your individual fundraising page.  All of these pages will be linked to the overall team page. 

Alternatively, your teammates can search for the team by name and join the team here

If you need more help, have a look at these short 5 minute videos from Eileen at AADI where she talks you through how to set up a team and register

Video: How to register a team.

Video: How to register as a team member / join a team.

Any further questions on the process, please email: eileen@aadi.ie 

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