Have a question? Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
What is Be a SuPAWHero?
Be a SuPAWhero, is our new fundraising campaign. In 2021, we reopened our waiting list and allocated 30 assistance dogs in under 2 MINUTES to 30 very grateful families. Our list is sadly now closed but you can end the wait for more families who need our support by getting involved with our Be A SuPAWhero campaign. With your support we will reach our goal of raising €500,000 to train a further 25 autism assistance dogs. Together we can re-open the waiting list in 2022 and offer more children the life changing support of an autism assistance dog.
Throughout the month of October, we want you to:
Make a donation and help end the wait - Donate
Raise funds by registering to take part in our 50 Miles in October 2021 Challenge - Register
Where will the money donated go?
All the money raised from donations or from the 50 Miles in October 2021 will go towards ending the wait for 25 children with autism by training more dogs. It costs €22,000 to train one dog and that dog provides a lifeline to each child and the family they are placed with.
What's the ‘50 miles in October 2021’ challenge?
The ‘50 miles in October 2021’ challenge for Autism Assistance Dogs is asking our supporters to commit to walking 50 miles over the 31 days in the month of October. 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 50 Miles in October 2021 taking place?
50 miles in October 2021 takes place from the 1st October to the 31st October 2021.
I'm part of a team and want to register for the 50 Miles in October 2021 Challenge. How do we register?
Great! 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
How to register a team. (Team Captain)
How to register as a team member/ Join a team.
How do I or my team raise money?
By setting up a fundraising page, and sharing it with your colleagues, friends and family they can donate directly to you. If you wish to raise money offline, that’s no problem, just email Eileen (email@example.com) from AADI and she will pop a card in the post to you.
Set up your fundraising page by registering here
Is there a sponsorship card included in the fundraising pack?
Yes there is! You can use this card to ask for support in person from your friends, family and colleagues. 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, family and colleagues, 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.
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/50milesinoctober2021 and following the instructions in the announcement post.
What is in the fundraising pack?
- A T Shirt
- A sponsorship card with fundraising tips and tracker sheet
- Your unique reference number
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 us and we’ll follow it up for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
My family wants to do the challenge with me. Can you send me extra shirts?
Fantastic! Why not register as a team? Select a team captain to register the team and get everyone else to register individually and join the team. Every team member will receive a t-shirt in their registration pack. To register a team click here
I want to do the challenge with my child and they would love a T-shirt too. Is this possible?
Yes certainly, please sign them up here and we will get a t-shirt out to them. It’s easier for us to keep track that way. You will need a different email address for each registered child though.
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 email@example.com with your request, unique fundraising number and alternative t-shirt size and we will see what we can do.
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 this in the following weeks.
Can I start late/early?
Yes, certainly. Our social media pages will be active for the month of October 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 October but we understand that life can be busy and things happen, so feel free to start whenever suits you best
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 your fundraising page so everyone can cheer you on and we can see how you're doing too!
Do I have to do ‘50 miles in October’ at once?
No, the great thing about this challenge is that you can spread the 50 miles in October challenge throughout the month of October! If you need longer, that’s no problem, do it at a pace that suits you.
How do I keep track of how much I have walked?
The best way is to use your smart phone! 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 miles so we can see you’ve completed the challenge. It 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.
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:
- Donate raised funds online via the event page on our website here or
- Lodge the funds directly to our bank account. See details below:
Reference: ‘50 miles in October’, 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
Bank Name: Permanent TSB, Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork
Account Name: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland
Account Number: 17263776
Sort Code: 99-07-13
I have another question not answered here?
No problem. If you would like to contact us directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org