Do I have to organise an event?
No, you absolutely don’t! You can complete your walk by yourself, with a friend, family member or in a small group. Someone else might even be organising a walk in your county which you can join, you can check out the list of walks on the Location page.
Alternatively you can simply make a Walk Donation - we are grateful for any support.
Do I have to do my walk on the 21st October?
No! From the IMNDA’s perspective it is always good to have a certain day to aim for but there is no pressure on you to walk on that day, choose another time of year if that suits better.
Where should I walk?
This completely depends on the type of event you are organising. If it's a Sunday stroll with your family then you can do your 5k around your local area along your favourite walking route. If you organising something bigger and inviting people to take part and join in you will need to do a bit more planning. Try and keep it simple and where possible organise your walk on the grounds of a sports club - your local GAA club for example. You can use their facilities and it will also be helpful with regards to insurance. You might choose to walk around your local university campus, school / college grounds or workplace.
We would advise avoiding public roads and pathways as you will be required to get Garda permission.
Ultimately you need to pick the route that suits you and your walkers best with safety as a priority.
N.B Non-produced or third party events (where volunteers like you arrange the event) are deemed “uninsurable” for the IMNDA to cover as we are not in control of the event and therefore cannot protect the event from negligence.
What support do I get from the IMNDA?
Check out the Top Tips section on this website for information to help you and also check out the downloadable resources we have; poster, leaflets, etc. If you are also fundraising offline we can send you sponsorship envelopes and collection buckets with the Tap to Donate function so you can keep it cashless where possible! Just contact the team at email@example.com or call 01 670 5942.
We also have green IMNDA wristbands, WWYC stickers and a limited number of WWYC t-shirts available for your group to wear.
We would love to have walks across Ireland that encourage local reseidents to join in. Seeing communities club together is what Walk While You Can is all about! There is a little more planning involved if you are opening your walk up to the public and we would recommend choosing your location very wisely. Sports pitches are ideal and safe once you have permission to use them.
When you register your walk on this site you have the option to select if your walk is 'Public'. If you do this it will appear on our Walk Locations page where people can search for walks by county. Please don't select 'Public' if you wish to keep your walk amongst family and friends.
Can I organise a Walk While You Can with the company I work for?
Yes please! We would love to see more companies involved with WWYC. This could be as simple as 1k a day on your lunchbreak around your place of work - challenge your colleagues to complete 5k. You can make it as competitive as you like and even have a prize for whoever is the fastest or raises the most.
Create a team page with your company name and ask your colleagues to join!
I'm registering as an organisation and don't want my personal named featured on the page or in emails. Can I change/remove this?
Yes, you can change your display name under Account Settings in your fundraising hub. Log in to your fundraising hub here.
Why should I set up a Team page?
Team pages are great if you want people to create their own individual pages but join one team page. Your Team could be the area you live, the company you work for, a sports club or even a person who you are working in support of.
How do I promote my event?
Email round Walk While You Can flyers, share your fundraising page on social media. If you’re walking with your colleagues, ask if you can advertise on your internal communications channels or add to your email signature.
Where does my fundraising money go?
Funds you raise go towards the core services provided by the IMNDA to families living with Motor Neurone Disease. This includes our four MND Nurses (funded entirely by donations), specialised equipment and home care grants. Click Here for more information.
How do I ask people for donations?
The number one reason why people donate to charities is because they were asked – so don’t be afraid of asking! Tell your supporters why the cause is important to you and remind them that every euro makes a difference. Many workplaces will also match what you raise so it’s worth asking your boss if this is something they will do.
How do I share my page on Facebook?
When you registered, you will have received an email containing your fundraising page and login details. Just copy your fundraising page URL and paste into an email or Facebook. When you are logged into your fundraising hub or viewing your fundraising page, you can also click on the Facebook share button.
I shared my fundraising page on Facebook and it prompted me to add a donate button, should I use this?
We would advise you don’t use the Facebook donate button. Unfortunately, we are unable to track funds raised on Facebook to individuals, so any donations made using the Facebook donate button will not appear on your fundraising page or be added to your total fundraising amount.
How do I add offline funds (like cash) to my fundraising page?
You can do this on your fundraising hub, under ‘My Donations’. Log in here.
I’ve forgotten my username and/or password.
If you’re trying to log in but you can't remember your password, click on the 'Forgot password' link on the log in screen. Enter your email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.