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Mourne MR Donations

Post by donnacha » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:05 pm

Hi all. After the huge effort Mourne MR put in over the weekend to getting Paul safely off the mountain, we should make some kind of donation. The MR Teams throughout the country are mostly self funded and rely on donations to keep themselves going.

How does everyone feel about getting a collection together, and sending in a few quid? They have no online facility yet to take donations, but I was told they might have something up on their web site this week. I think however I would prefer to send in a single donation from a collection. It would be nice to know how much we send in, and it's a bit more personal.

I'm not sure what would be the best way for a collection. Paypal would work, but they will charge 3.4% plus 35 cent of the transaction. There's then a 0.5% "Cross Border Fee" for transactions from other countries. It costs nothing to withdraw the funds to a bank account where a cheque could then be drawn. If we go down the Paypal route I can take care of all that, I'm set up for it.

Does anyone know of a better way this could be done?

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Re: Mourne MR Donations

Post by Blue Jay » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:48 pm

I think a donation is a great idea - don't know how to go about it , but I'd be happy to give a few bob.

One credit transfer into their account in the group name would probably be the way to go ok.
This could be achieved by everyone transferring their donation to one person (you :) ) and then you doing the transfer in the group name. Just a suggestion.
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Post by thomasvm » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:49 pm

Sounds like a good idea - paypal is easy or just send money directly into your account - that would not cost anything?

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Post by beefy4605 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:52 pm

You have my donation already .
Was thinking about this on Sunday - I know it can't be done through GC.com ( due to their charity policy) but what about some sort of a getogether (BBQ) in the summer with a collection for the mountain rescue team ?
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Re: Mourne MR Donations

Post by golaman » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:32 pm

Sounds like a good idea Beefy. Maybe with an event which would attract more people and a BBQ with voluntary donations. Probably raise more and remove the need for one person sorting it all.
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Post by beefy4605 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:57 pm

Just in case there is any confusion. Send your money to donnacha now and how about something more in the summertime when the weather is better ?
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Post by johnrm » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:03 am

You could use mycharity.ie

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Post by donnacha » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:24 am

johnrm wrote:You could use mycharity.ie
That would be ideal, but they aren't registered with mycharity.ie.
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Post by donnacha » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:26 am

beefy4605 wrote:You have my donation already .
Was thinking about this on Sunday - I know it can't be done through GC.com ( due to their charity policy) but what about some sort of a getogether (BBQ) in the summer with a collection for the mountain rescue team ?
Yeah that would be good too.
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Post by donnacha » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:31 am

thomasvm wrote:send money directly into your account - that would not cost anything?
You could, but it means having to visit a branch, or set it up on on your online account that can take a couple of days (at least with my bank anyway). I also don't really want to be sending my bank info out over the internet!
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Post by Hezekiah » Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:06 am

beefy4605 wrote:You have my donation already .
Was thinking about this on Sunday - I know it can't be done through GC.com ( due to their charity policy) but what about some sort of a getogether (BBQ) in the summer with a collection for the mountain rescue team ?
The idea of a fund-raising event is attractive - the car parking area we hung around in prior to going off-road would be an ideal spot, able to cater for plenty of cars and a BBQ, etc.

How about an event in May?
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Post by TeamHousty » Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:41 am

event is a good idea, but it can't be held just to raise money, :(

but perhaps a quiet bucket collection around the folks attending :twisted: and maybe MMR may send someone down???

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Post by dodgerm » Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:46 am

If the MR is a registered charity, then coventanting a donation would allow them a tax benefit - I don't know if they'd be set up for this. A MR team member lives 2 doors from me - if I get a chance tonight I'll ask him.

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Re: Mourne MR Donations

Post by Fjon » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:01 am

An event would be nice, would be fitting to have something in the Mournes perhaps, and pass a bucket around at some stage?

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Post by SargeNI » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:51 pm

I would be more than happy to make a donation to the MR and will keep an eye on this thread and will go with the consense of option. I quite like the idea of striking when the iron is hot especially if I can coventant the donation to allow the tax benefit to be got, but also like the idea of an event in May.
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Re: Mourne MR Donations

Post by donnacha » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:24 am

SargeNI wrote:I quite like the idea of striking when the iron is hot
I agree. In a couple of months most will have forgotton what happened last week. If no one objects, I suggest using my PalPal account which I can then withdraw to my own bank account and then send onto the MR. We can also do an event later on also.
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Re: Mourne MR Donations

Post by dino » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:23 am

According to their FB page MR have registered with justgiving.com who can take a PayPal donation from us and make sure MR get the giftaid too.
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Post by johnrm » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:36 am

donnacha wrote:
SargeNI wrote:I quite like the idea of striking when the iron is hot
I agree. In a couple of months most will have forgotton what happened last week. If no one objects, I suggest using my PalPal account which I can then withdraw to my own bank account and then send onto the MR. We can also do an event later on also.
Is that not going to be subject to a % charge from Paypal?
I like the idea of Mourne Mr claiming tax back etc., but its a shame that it can't be collected without being whittled down.

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Post by TeamHousty » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:21 am

Problem Solved

here is the link http://www.justgiving.com/mournemrt

People can just click on the above then click the donate button and make their own donation.

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Re: Mourne MR Donations

Post by donnacha » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:48 am

TeamHousty wrote:Problem Solved

here is the link http://www.justgiving.com/mournemrt

People can just click on the above then click the donate button and make their own donation.
Great, that was the facility the guys were talking about on the day. Anyone that gave me cash, I will send it on with my donation.
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