Archive | March, 2010

The Power of 10

23 Mar

One of the fundraising and teambuilding ideas we’ve talked about this year with Komen Connecticut is “The Power of 10”. You can use the The Power of 10 when recruiting for your team; invite 10 of your friends and have each of them invite 10 of their friends and so on. When fundraising, email 10 of your friends asking them to donate and also to forward your email to 10 of their friends, etc. You may be surprised how many people actually forward your email.

I’ve recently been asking for donation on Facebook and Twitter and using The Power of 10 in another way. On Facebook, I said “I have 524 super cool Facebook friends. If each one of you donated $10 to my 60 mile breast cancer walk, I would make my $5000 goal!! Can you spare $10?” From this, I got a few friends to donate $10 and a couple who donated $20 and $25. I said the same thing on Twitter, “If each 1 of my 425 followers donated $10 to my breast cancer walk, I’d be almost to my goal! Can you spare $10?”. I got a few more followers who donated $10 and a handful others who said they’d give me a check! I also got a donation from someone on Twitter from Ohio that I’ve never met, because one of my Twitter followers retreated my ask! This is a very slow, but effective way to get to your $2300 minimum. Many people will give you more than the $10 you’re asking for.

Try it out on your social networks! Use them to your advantage, because your networks can work for you!

Join Our Loop

22 Mar

Join our Loop is a breast cancer blog that publishes stories of women with breast cancer, who had breast cancer, and now ME! They published a little snippet I wrote about what it’s like to work with Komen Connecticut and why I get involved. You can check it out here.

And as always, I appreciate any donations made to my 3-day walk coming up in July! It seems like a long way away, but if you’ve ever tried to raise $5000 before, it’s not easy! Your donation of $10 will help me get to my goal! Though $100 is always nice too 🙂 At the very least, you can visit my fundraising page: http://bit.ly/caitlin3day.

This is why I love Twitter.

20 Mar

First off, if you’re on Twitter come say hello! You can follow me @CTinCT and if you comment below and introduce yourself, I’ll follow you as well.

Ready? Good. Ok so – the other day I tweeted that I needed motivation to run/walk. I really need to start training for the 9k I’m running in May (http://bit.ly/caitlinrthb) and for the 3-day in July (http://bit.ly/caitlin3day). Like, serious training needed. Minutes later I had people responded telling me to get off my butt, stop tweeting and get out there! (Thanks @maryanncruz) And then had another Twitter friend saying that she would walk with me! Shortly after another Twitter buddy chimed in saying she would walk with us too! So now we three will be walking once a week together, and it all came together because of Twitter!

If you’d like to meet these two lovely ladies they are @iambunnybee and @hleahh and I met them both on Twitter first. Actually, I’m not sure that @hleahh and I have EVER met… have we? I only met @iambunnybee after she tweeted about visiting my workplace and then met me while I was at the front desk, so we’ve only actually officially met once.

But look at that! The power of social networking – I did in fact get off my butt and go for a run that night, which I am now tracking on dailymile.com – if you’re on dailymile too come be friends with me! And now I also have a standing walking date once a week. Thanks Twitter!

Welcome back sun!

18 Mar

It’s been such beautiful weather out for the past couple of days I thought TODAY would be the perfect day to get started on training for the 3-day (and the 9k I’m running in May) so I went for a run after work. It was freeing and wonderful and painful! It felt great to be out there again but I know I’m a long way away from the shape I was in pre-winter. Having been born in Florida, I’ve always hated winter and craved the sun and warm weather. Yes Mom, I know that I only lived in Florida for 6 months and no, I don’t remember living there at all BUT that stuff sticks with you, right? It’s in my blood. The infant me came out of the hospital into the sunlight and said ahhhh.

But anyway, so training has officially begun. The goal is to run or walk at least 3 times a week for the next month or two, then kick it up a few notches after the 9k at the end of May before the 3-day in July. I’m a little nervous of walking 60 miles in Boston (not so many trees) in late July. Someone remind me to pack a gallon of sunscreen! I got a decent sunburn at the walk last year in DC… and that was in October, and one of the days it was rainy.

I’m looking forward to training walks in Bristol. Moving there in a couple of weeks into a nice neighborhood and will be able to take walks with Paul (boyfriend) and Lily (adorable dog). It will be fun to explore a new place and not have to stop every block for the WALK signal to change 🙂

Fingers crossed the sun hangs out for a while!

I Heart Komen Connecticut

3 Mar

Happy to report that I am on the Marketing Committee for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for 2010. This is as close as I’ve gotten to actually working for the organization and I love it. Ask someone who knows me and they’ll tell you that my dream job involves working for Komen… in pretty much any capacity. Clean the bathrooms? You got it! Do nothing but data entry? Love to. But now, be the chair of the Social Media subcomittee for the Marketing Committee? It’s an honor. It really is. I love working with the women in the office, they’re all wonderful and all so dedicated to the cause.

The Race for the Cure in Bushnell Park is June 5, 2010. Registration begins March 1st. Become a fan on Facebook and Twitter and potentially get a free registration up through the end of February!

ALSO I’ve signed up to walk in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-day, also in June and this year in Boston! I can’t wait to experience this again; create more memories, walk another 60 miles, and raise more money!! Feel free to visit (and donate!) to my walk page. I’m hoping to raise $5000 this year to beat last year’s fundraising, which was just over $4000.

Check in for updates on how the marketing is going for the race, share feedback, ideas, inspiration… I ❤ Komen Connecticut!