The Red Socks Challenge is a fundraising event to raise money for the Sir Peter Blake Trust. We’re asking people to take on a personal challenge, just as Sir Peter did many times, and to get support from friends and family. You can choose to do anything you like for a challenge…we just ask that you wear your Red Socks while doing so!
What is the money being raised for?
Sir Peter Blake’s vision was to “restart people caring for the environment as it should be cared for. And at the same time we want to do this through adventure, through participation, through education and thru enjoyment.” The Sir Peter Blake Trust was set up to continue this legacy. We provide programmes to encourage young people to learn about the environmental threats we face and develop the skills needed to solve them. Your fundraising will help us reach more young New Zealanders and inspire them change the world.
When is the Red Socks Challenge?
Red Socks Day is on Friday 7th July but you can do your challenge any time between now and the end of July.
Can you help with organising my Challenge?
We would love to be able to, but we just don’t have the resources to be able to help everyone individually. If you’re looking for inspiration for what to do, see if our Challenge Ideas page. For tips on fundraising, check out our Fundraising Guide and for some materials to help promote your event, download the Fundraising Kit.
If you’re not sure how to do it alone, why not see if you can get a friend to help you? They don’t have to take on the challenge themselves – they can be your official back-up crew!
Whatever you do, please make sure you stay safe and keep it legal. Have a look at our Legal Information section if you’re not sure about something.
How do I get involved with the Red Socks Challenge?
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide what challenge you want to take on. It should be something personal to you – something that will push you and challenge you, but that is also achievable. That’s different for different people. If you’re stuck for inspiration, have a look at our Challenge Ideas. If you’re still not sure, why not have a chat with friends and family? Let them know that you’re thinking of taking part and see if you can brainstorm some ideas.
How do I fundraise for the Red Socks Challenge?
When you’ve decided what you want to do, the next step is to create your own personal fundraising page. You can do that here. Once you have that set up, you can send the link to friends and family explaining what you’re doing and why you’re doing it and asking them to donate.
I’m new to fundraising – can you help?
We’ve put together a Fundraising Guide that has lots of really helpful tips and hints about how to go about fundraising for your challenge. We’d recommend getting this started as soon as possible – the more time you give yourself, the easier it will be. Unfortunately, we’re not able to help individually as we just haven’t got the resources to be able to.
I’m having trouble using my fundraising page
Fundraising pages for the Red Socks Challenge are set up using GoFundraise. They have a ‘Help’ section, which you can get to from their website here. That’s the best place to go for information on using your fundraising page specifically.
How do I pay in my fundraising?
The money raised using your personal fundraising page will automatically be paid to the Sir Peter Blake Trust. If you raise money outside of that, you can either add it on your page, or make a deposit to our bank account: [Insert bank account details]. Please include your full name and ‘RSC’ in the reference so that we know who it has come from.
Can I give people receipts?
All donors who use your fundraising page will automatically be receipted. If you receive a donation offline and the donor requires a receipt, please contact us to arrange this. Please note that tax receipts can only be given to donors who are giving their own money. Someone who collects money from others is not eligible for a tax receipt. All donations to the Sir Peter Blake Trust of $5 or over are are tax-deductible.
Whatever you do, please make sure you stay legal.
We’re really grateful for your fantastic support, but please make it clear in all your communications that you are fundraising to support us. You must not lead people to believe that you represent the Trust.
The Sir Peter Blake Trust is a registered charity and all donations your supporters make of $5 or more are tax deductible. Our registered charity number is #CC25007. Please include the line ‘In support of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, registered charity #CC25007’ on any posters you create.
Fundraising in a public place and knocking on people’s doors requires you to have a permit so please make sure you have the necessary paperwork if you intend to do this. It’s not something we would recommend, but you can check with your local council if you want to do it.
Any children involved in your challenge must have written permission from their parent and guardian. And you must make sure that any activity they’re involved in is appropriate and legal for them to be part of.
Depending on what you’re doing, you may want to look into insurance requirements.
Disclaimer – Please Read
We’re hugely grateful to you for taking on the Red Socks Challenge and as much as we want to raise as much money as possible, the most important thing is for everyone to stay safe. This includes any participants in the challenge itself, or fundraising activities, as well as any guests or public at your events.
Making sure that your challenge is conducted safely and legally is your responsibility. The Sir Peter Blake Trust does not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or damage, or for any death or personal injury, arising out of any activity conducted as part of the Red Socks Challenge, including liability as a result of negligence (except death or personal injury caused by the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s negligence).
Donations made to the Sir Peter Blake Trust in support of your challenge are made unconditionally and are non-refundable, even if you are unable to complete it for any reason. Your supporters can be assured that all donations will make a huge difference in helping to inspire and develop young New Zealanders.