Manx Telecom helps charity walkers to raise more funds

Charity fundraisers taking part in this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk are being offered a little extra help from the event’s title sponsor.

For several years all of the walkers have had a chance to use the Pic2Go service for free. Using clever software that identifies each walker by the barcode on their race number, Pic2Go allows walkers to choose to have official event photos automatically uploaded to their Facebook page. But this year there’s an additional feature to help the many walkers who will be raising funds for charity. Fundraisers who opt-in to the Pic2Go service can now have their photos uploaded to Facebook alongside comments and a link to a fundraising page, such as a JustGiving page.

Cathy Collins, Marketing Communications Manager at Manx Telecom, said: “We’re always looking for ways to make the Manx Telecom Parish Walk even better, especially by using our technological knowledge and expertise. The Manx Telecom Parish Walk is one of the biggest annual events on the Island in terms of the funds raised for charities by individual participants, so we wanted to do something to help walkers raise even more funds for the many good causes they support. It’s well-known that having relevant contextualised pictures of fundraising activities, accompanied by sponsorship requests, drives an increased level of donations and participation in future events. Since we introduced Pic2Go as a free service a few years ago it has become very popular, and we hope that the additional feature we have introduced this year will provide a great boost for walkers, and the charities they support.”

Walkers must opt-in for the Pic2Go service. They can register now at www.mt.im/parishphotos – registration requires walkers to input their race number (anyone who doesn’t know, or can’t remember, their race number can check it on the entry list at www.parishwalk.com)

This year, also thanks to Manx Telecom, timing will be provided by Manx Timing Solutions. Walkers will have a timing chip incorporated into their race number bib, and their time will be automatically registered when they cross sensors in mats at each checkpoint. On race day, live updates will be available at www.mt.im/parishwalktiming with details of times for walkers arriving at every checkpoint, including the first one at Marown. Another new addition for this year is Snapchat filters at the start and finish (NSC and Douglas Promenade War Memorial) and along the course at Ballahutchin, Rushen and Peel. Walkers and supporters can also share their Parish Walk experience using #parishwalk2018.

As always, all walkers taking part can use the automated texting service provided for free by the event’s main sponsor – the service sends text messages to two nominated mobile numbers with details of the time that the walker reaches each checkpoint from Santon (the second checkpoint) onwards. This year’s event starts at the NSC at 8am on Saturday June 23rd.

www.parishwalk.com