Swim Challenge 2019

What is "Swim Challenge"?

Swim Challenge is a fundraising project organized by MAC and is similar to the fundraising swim that nearly every club in the country does to raise money for the club through swimmers’ participation in a marathon swim. Every competitive swimmer at MAC will participate in the Swim Challenge. Swimmers in Discovery and up will attempt to swim 5,000m in two hours or less. Swimmers in S2A will attempt to swim 1,500m in one hour.

This is an excellent opportunity for the swimmers to show off how hard they have been training by trying to achieve their marathon swim goal.

How Does it Work?

At the 2018 Annual General Meeting the membership voted in favour of deferring $30,000 of the membership fees and instead raising this money through fundraising. Therefore the Swim Challenge is mandatory for all swimmers. Swimmers in competitive groups Discovery, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and High Performance will have a minimum of $125 and swimmers in Swim 2 Achieve will have a minimum of $50. Swimmers that fall short of the minimum will have the balance added to their accounts. In the past, swimmers have been able to easily surpass these minimums. Reaching $250 in sponsorship is a great goal!

Collecting sponsorship is easy. The tools built right into the site allow swimmers to reach out to family, colleagues, friends and utilize email social media networks. Donors can easily make a pledge with their credit card. 

The money we raise will be towards purchasing new equipment, coaching expenses, and offsetting rental fees. With your help, we know we can achieve the club's goals.

This year we have decided to help support the children's department at the Markham Stouffville Hospital by donating 5% of our funds raised up to $30,000 and 10% of our donation beyond $30,000.

Prizes

This year we have some excellent prizes for the participants:

  • First group to raise $1,000 receives a pizza party after a practice
  • Top three earners overall will receive gift cards ($150, $100, and $50).
  • Top earning group (average collection per swimmer) will receive a group party of their choice. Options may included bowling, go-carting, paintball, movie, etc.

This year one special GRAND PRIZE to be randomly selected in a draw. Participants will get one entry into the draw for every $50 in sponsorship. The grand prize will be an iPod Mini (or equivalent).

Additional surprise prizes will be announced throughout the sponsorship period.

Dates

Dates are being finalized. The swims will be during the last week in April.

What Do I Do Next?

Update Profile

  1. Login to your account at www.markhamaquaticclub.com.
  2. Select My Account > Event Fundraising.
  3. Enter your Goal Amount and Goal Laps. Enter your own custom message that donors will see when they come to your sponsorship page. Be sure to let people know that part of the proceeds are going to support the local hospital.

Setup

Promote to Donors

The easiest way to let everyone know about your fundraiser is to use the tools built right into the fundraising site.

  1. Click the Promote tab.

    Promote
     
  2. On the Enter Emails tab you can import email contacts or use the Invite List tab to manual enter contacts.
  3. Use the email tool to send an email promoting the event to all your contacts.
  4. Use the Social tab for instructions on how to promote to Facebook.

You can always send your own emails, promote on Facebook, etc. and direct donors to donate.macswim.club. If you want to find the custom link that goes directly to your sponsorship page use the email tool above to send yourself an email. The email will contain the custom link to your own personal sponsorship page.

Other Info

Please show your support, help us provide the best resources, coaching and programs that we can by helping to raise these valuable dollars that will support our swimming program.

GOOD LUCK!