From Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June 2014, we’d like you to Go Blue! and join hundreds of people across the UK doing something amazing for our seas, shores and wildlife.
Last year the nation swam, paddled, rowed and walked blue miles up and down the country to raise funds to support the crucial work of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
We want this year to be even bigger and would love you to be right at the heart of it. So invite your friends, family or work colleagues along to experience the thrill of paddling a river or swimming in the sea.
Our 10-step guide to organising your own Blue Mile event:
- Check out our Information Pack, crammed with lots of ideas of how you too, can Go Blue!
- Think about what your event could include. What facilities do you have near you? Are you going to ask everyone to swim a mile in the local pool or sea? Or do you have access to kayaking or other water sports facilities?
- Speak to the venue where you want to hold your event to ask permission and agree a date.
- Register your Go Blue! event or activity with us and we will put your event on our map.
- Promote your event on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and tag @thebluemile #BlueMiler.
- Start recruiting people to take part. Make sure they know they may need to do some training so they can complete their mile. You can use the poster templates in our fundraising pack to promote your event in the local area.
- Get your participants to create Virgin Money Giving pages so people can sponsor them online. Ask them to forward the link to their friends and family. You can also use the Ecover Blue Mile sponsor forms to collect pledges and donations.
- Now you’re ready to hold your event. Make sure that it’s safe, legal and suitable for children (if applicable).
- Thank everyone who has helped on the day and in the run up to the event.
- Share what happened at your event with us and upload any images or video to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you represent a school and you are interested in getting involved with Go Blue!, check out our Schools pages for lots of fun, cross curricular, outdoor learning activity ideas to encourage your pupils to develop a love and appreciation of nature. Click here >>>