We expect every participant to fundraise a minimum of $150 (or $75 if you are taking part in the 3km or 6km ride) to provide support and services to people living with multiple sclerosis. This is a fundraising event and your entry fee only covers the cost of staging the event. Every dollar you raise on top of your entry fee will go directly to ensuring the thousands of Australians with multiple sclerosis are able to receive the support and care they need to live well.
We encourage you to have a go at fundraising. Your commitment and effort will not only be a rewarding experience for you, but will ultimately support people living with multiple sclerosis.
Getting started can be a bit daunting but you’ll be surprised at how simple it is. Below are our top 3 tips for getting yourself moving.
Your fundraising goes directly to offering services and support to people living with multiple sclerosis, while the search for a cure continues. It allows us to fund programs like MS Connect and MS Advisor, providing those with multiple sclerosis access to a caring voice at the end of the phone line and access specialist advice and guidance on how to manage their symptoms. Your support ensures no one faces their journey alone. Read our information guide to find out more.
The best way to get people donating, is directly through your online page. This provides them with an instant tax deductible receipt and means you can keep track of your fundraising efforts.
If you do collect cash or cheque donations, feel free to contact us for an official MS receipt book, Money Box or Donation Tin. The receipt book also contains all the information you need to deposit the funds into our bank account once you have finished collecting donations. For a more detailed explanation, have a read through our ‘banking your funds’ page.
If you intend to host a fundraising event to collect further cash donations please see our hints and tips below.
All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Anyone who donates through your online page will be instantly emailed their receipt. If you are planning to collect cash or cheque donations, simply contact us and we can provide you with a receipt book so you can issue them to your supporters as required.
Helpful hint: You may only issue an MS receipt if the donor is receiving nothing in return for their donation. For example, if they are receiving a sausage sizzle or raffle item, they are not valid.
Many companies offer ‘matching funding’ as part of their employee benefits. This means they support their employees’ charitable efforts by matching their fundraising dollar for dollar. It is a great way to double your fundraising efforts – and all you need to do is ask. Speak to your HR department and ask them for their support.
We can provide your company with any documentation they may need, including tax-deductible receipts, information about what we do and a letter of thanks.
Good on you for taking your fundraising to the next level! First step, is to contact us. Our team will help you register your event, offer helpful advice and provide you with:
Whether it is a BBQ or a sit down dinner, we are here to help every step of the way.
Facebook is a great place to encourage your friends, family and colleagues to support you! Always share your MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon Fundraising page to Facebook as opposed to setting up a Facebook fundraiser. This way you can be sure that all of your funds raised will be shown on your MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon Fundraising page.
Furthermore, we recommend you do not use the Facebook Donate button, as we cannot link any of the funds received through a Facebook fundraiser to your MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon Fundraising page.
Multiple Sclerosis Limited, ABN 66 004 942 287
Yes, if you have selected ‘Multiple Sclerosis Limited’ as your charity of choice, we’ll receive the funds, however, please note there will be a slight delay. Also, your donors will receive a receipt a from PayPal Giving Fund, not Multiple Sclerosis Limited.
Facebook donations are managed by a third party (PayPal Giving Fund), so we cannot sync these donations with your MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon fundraising page.
Therefore, the best way to receive donations from your friends, colleagues and family is by sharing your fundraising page to Facebook, as opposed to using the Facebook Donate button.
If you have selected the incorrect MS organisation on Facebook, please contact us and have the following information ready: your full name, amount and the fundraising closure date. Contact us 1300 733 690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.