I think it was the experience from last year because it was easy to collect money for MSF, thanks to the website on which you can make your donation online. It is just like two clicks. I think that today nobody has that much time, and with the possibility to do it online, it works perfectly. I found it really easy and helpful to fundraise money.You seem to be doing very well in terms of fundraising. Any suggestions to other MSF fundraisers or runners out there? Any magic trick to share?
I talked to people, put a “collecting box” in my office, and also posted this stuff on Facebook, Twitter... I do a lot of the fundraising through social media. So if I post a message there, there are straightaway some reactions, I see that people are donating money, then I answer and I say thank you. Other people see that somebody was making a donation and that I’m reacting, and that helps a lot. I have like 500 Facebook friends and if they like it, it grows and at the end I don’t know how many, maybe thousand people, can see that there is a fundraising thing going on.During your fundraising experience, with which activity did you collect the most? Was it also the most fun to do?
The main thing is really the social media thing because it is doing its job very well and easy. Fun thing is more like if you are somewhere and you talk with people about it and maybe they are interested, and maybe the day later they check on your website. It is kind of fun, people know that I am a crazy runner. Last year, which was my first year, I promised to people to run the full marathon this year if we reach 2.000 euros. And I thought people would like me to run the marathon because at the very end it was something like 2.200 euros. Seeing everybody who gave money there in turn motivates me to run.What is your new objective this year?
Because it is the full marathon - which is 42,195 kilometers - the goal that I would like to reach is 4.219 euros.What does this experience bring to you from a personal point of view?
I feel better. I do a good thing without very big efforts, just investment of time but not that much. You just need to prepare your website and maybe nice texts and funny pictures. It is for a good cause. Helping MSF is not difficult and people who give some money help a lot. MSF would like to collect 50.000 euros this year, that’s great and that is just like 5€ here, 10€ there, so it is small money which at the end make a big thing, without a very big effort.Do you think that "wearing the MSF colors” will help you during your run?
I hope so; I saw last year when I was running, that there were a lot of people shouting “Go MSF”, so that was already fun. I am proud to wear that T-shirt and be a member of kind of ‘’solidarity runners’ community’’. It makes me feel good. I don’t know if I will go faster with it, we will see, but I think it will help, yes.Your message to the other runners registered to the ING Night Marathon to encourage them as you will do, to raise to the MSF solidarity challenge?
To anybody who is interested just a little bit, maybe just check the website. It is really simple, it takes all together maybe half an hour to prepare, and it does not cost you any money. It is really easy to use social media, you post a message, and I am quite sure at the end that people can collect some 100€ without big efforts. So if somebody is interested, try it, it does not hurt.