Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Fundraising success - first corporate sponsor!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight I am proud to announce something that I have mentioned a couple of times before in passing, but where previously I couldn't give any details, now I can.  If you recall I mentioned that I was in talks with a potential corporate sponsor.  Well now it is final and I have all the details that I need.

The corporate sponsor is (drum roll please.......) Holmes Place Gym and Spa in Zurich.  Most people in Zurich are only too familiar with Holmes Place.  It has a fantastic location on the top two floors of Jelmoli and is the place to be seen working out.  Holmes Place have very kindly agreed to let me use their facilities for free in order to train, and in addition to donate a 12 month full membership to the gym and spa, which I can use as a raffle prize to attract further sponsorship.  I have the right to divide the 12 months in for example 2 memberships of 6 months, and this is what I have decided to do.  The total of the combined prizes (2 sets of 6 months memberships to the gym and spa) is worth up to 3,000CHF (approx. 2,000GBP).  For more details you can see Holmes Place Zurich or Holmes Place Zurich Spa.

I have decided that I will use my existing fundraising page in order to simplify the collection of monies and so that I can keep the whole process as transparent as possible.  To enter people need to go to my fundraising page (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulJanes) and donate a minimum of 20GBP and mention the words HOLMES PLACE in their message in order to be entered.  They also need to enter their name (anonymous donors will not be entered in the draw).  To encourage larger donations, each 20GBP multiple is an additional chance to win, so 20GBP represents 1 chance to win and 40GBP represents 2 chances to win and so on.  The winning names will be drawn out of a hat at the Holmes Place gym in Zurich in March of next year.  I will then announce the name of the winner, and the date of the winning donation, on my fundraising page and ask the two winners to contact me.  In order to deal with any issues caused by multiple people replying to me, or multiple donors with the same name, you will need to retain your credit card slip or bank statement that shows the donation you made.

Please note that the membership will only be valid for the central Zurich branch of Holmes Place, and for this reason it will not be of interest to people living outside of the Zurich area.  The final point to note is that if you do enter the competition your donation will not be eligible for GiftAid since I am offering an incentive to donate, so please deselect the GiftAid option.  GiftAid for those who aren't familiar with it is a scheme for UK taxpayers whereby the UK government encourages people to donate to charity by allowing the charity to reclaim the tax that has been paid on that money, further increasing the value of the donation.

Best of luck to all of you in Zurich (even if you don't know me you now have a reason to donate)!

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