Giving Back

When a loved one passes away it can be an extremely emotional and difficult time. Many people find it hard to approach the subject of arranging the funeral and it has become in many societies a taboo subject that people try to avoid talking about as they believe it can cause more upset and heart ache.

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Unfortunately when someone passes away there is a lot to sort out, this can be especially difficult if their is a limited budget.

Helen decided to set up a Shareagift page dedicated to her friend Sue who had sadly passed away. Sue dedicated her life to helping others, not only did she do an amazing job at this, but much of her time was spent raising money for charities in many different and imaginative ways. Helen described Sue as the most kind, warm hearted lady that she and many others had ever met.

Helen set up the Shareagift page in Sue’s memory and invited some of the people that Sue had touched during her lifetime. This has lead to an overwhelming outpour of messages and donations with everyone wanting to raise as much money as possible to give her the perfect send off she deserves.

The page goal was set at £2,000 and has now gone well over £4,000 with donations still pouring in.

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“Sue Valentine was the heart and soul of charities, always thinking about others before herself, she was an inspirational women to everyone! With the help of Shareagift the response we had was phenomenal to helping raise money for her two children to give their mum Sue the very best send off she deserves”

Collecting Money From Colleagues Across The World

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Leaving Gift

Oliver was put in charge of organising a leaving gift for his friend and colleague Kat who was leaving work to relocate to Miami. We spoke to him about his experience using Shareagift and the challenge he faced in collecting money from colleagues across the world.

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What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Kat’s gift? 

I wanted to organise a leaving gift for Kat, who is a colleague and has been with our company for 11 years, but she had been working in remote locations across the USA and in Asia.

I was faced with the challenge of collecting money from people who live across the world in remote locations. The collection scheme service that Shareagift provides was perfect as I did not have to worry about collecting money from people living in places like Singapore, where they have very complex banking transfer systems.

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How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It was brilliant, fast and convenient for everyone living outside the UK. Also, those living in the UK contributed to the page as they are less and less used to carry cash around.

What gift will you be getting Kat?

Kat is relocating to Miami with her family. We are offering her spa treatment in one of these big hotels on the Florida Coast to relax after the relocation stress!

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

Any friend or colleague that I want to organise a collection for, it’s so convenient!

Through Shareagift Oliver was able to collect £160 from friends and colleagues across the world for an amazing spa treatment for Kat. Shareagift helps companies across the world collect money for group leaving and retirement gifts to send colleagues off in style.

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Save With Shareagift Towards … A Birthday Surprise

We are always intrigued to find out what fun and exciting things our Shareagifters are raising money for. This week we caught up with Natalie who used Shareagift to raise money for a birthday surprise for Jesse.

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Jesse’s gift?

I got the idea because I know Jesse would have enjoyed a big surprise for his birthday such as riding a fast posh car on a track (which he has wanted to do for ages) but that it was too expensive for his friends to pay for alone.

Using the page meant that everyone could chip in for it, I also thought that it would be fun to make it a bit of a competition between two different things, a shed (which he needs) or a fast car (which he wants!). Seems like people want the shed so far!

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Why did you choose Shareagift?

I chose Shareagift as for my friend’s 40th in January it was used to club together to buy him his dream guitar and seemed to work well.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It has been helpful in that it’s nice to have a page that everyone can see and that I can show Jesse afterwards.

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How much of an impact will this money have on Jesse?

It will have a great impact as Jesse has had a hard year, we have a one year old who never sleeps (Oscar) so he deserves something special happening for him, although he will be really embarrassed, he’s quite shy!

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I have a couple of close friends who are/have been really poorly and I would set up a page for a charity of their choice.

Does someone close to you have a birthday coming up? If like Natalie you want to surprise them with an amazing gift then head over to Shareagift and start collecting money with friends for an unforgettable birthday present!

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Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun and Shareagift!

Save With Shareagift Towards… A Gift For A Rainy Day

We love finding out the different ways in which people use Shareagift. This week we caught up with Rebecca, and she told us about how she used Shareagift to collect money online for her friend’s leaving gift.

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What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for your friend Danella?

Our friend Danella has decided to leave Toronto and live in Costa Rica for a year.  She has a large circle of friends and we thought it would be the best idea to pool funds and buy a Visa gift card for her to use as a ‘rainy day fund’ while she is away.

Why did you choose Shareagift?

We chose Shareagift because it allowed us to collect funds from her friends by sharing the direct page link.  You can invite people through email or paste the link on social media.  I like that you can customize your page and add pictures, but most importantly, I love that everyone can see the running total, that way the collection process is transparent.  

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How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It was super helpful as I was able to receive collections from some of her friends that I had never met. Instead of meeting up with friends to collect money, everything was done online.

How much of an impact will this gift have on Danella?

This money is going to provide her with a rainy day fund, she will be extremely grateful as she begins this new adventure in her life.

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I could see myself setting up a Shareagift page for a friend’s upcoming baby shower.

If like Rebecca you have a friend who is moving away, or if someone is leaving work, a Shareagift page is a great way to collect money online with friends towards an amazing leaving gift, to show them how much you are all going to miss them!

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Kasondra Gets A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Relaxing Getaway

This week we spoke to Shadia about her Shareagift campaign to send her friend Kasondra on a birthday getaway! Kasondra works a very busy job and only gets one day off a week so for her birthday, Shadia thought it would be a great idea to get all Kasondra’s friends to chip in towards a long weekend away in the coastal town of Monterey, so she could relax and have a few days to herself. Here’s what Shadia had to say about her campaign and Shareagift experience.

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What gave you the idea to create a Shareagift page and start collecting money for Kasondra?

I used Shareagift a few years ago to help raise funds to bring my mother to Lebanon for the first time. She’s first generation Lebanese but had never been! So when I was thinking of Kasondra’s birthday coming up, and I knew I wasn’t going to be in town to help her celebrate, I thought the best thing would be to crowdfund a mini-vacation, as she works far too much and could do with a break. The Shareagift platform worked great before and so I decided to use it again.  

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page was really instrumental because I could load pictures and links. Being able to share the link via Facebook, Twitter and email was awesome, all the info was right there.

How much of an impact will this money have on your friend?

The gift came at a great time, this is what Kasondra emailed me the other day; 

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This is one of the sweetest things anyone has every done. And it makes me feel so loved and supported to see this list of people who helped in this wonderful gift. Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this e-mail and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed, that I am surrounded by an amazing group of wonderful friends.”

She hasn’t gone on the vacation yet but she will in the fall, I’m going to help her plan it and I’m sure some rest and relaxation outside of our busy lives will be just what she needs.

If like Shadia you think that one of your friends could do with a relaxing getaway, a great birthday or thank you gift or simply a surprise to cheer them up, then head over to Shareagift, create a page, invite friends and start raising money!

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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

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Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun, and Shareagift!

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Saving Igor’s Fantasy Football League

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Fantasy Football League

Here at Shareagift we love to learn the different ways in which people are using Shareagift.

This week we spoke to two friends, Igor and Joe who currently live in London and support two opposing football teams, Chelsea and Arsenal. They have been playing Premier League Fantasy Football with their friends for a few years now and this season they decided they wanted to create a small pot to make the competition a bit more interesting. They decided that each player should put £10 into the pot and the funds will be shared between the top 3 winners. The challenge they faced was that their friends that wanted to join in were spread all across the world including California, New York, Tokyo and Moscow.

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Here is what Igor had to say to us about his Shareagift campaign.

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for your fantasy league online?

Our friends who wanted to participate in our Fantasy Football League are spread across the world and so we needed to find a means to easily collect cash together.

Why did you chose Shareagift?

We chose Shareagift because it is a very easy and straightforward process to set up and keep on top of. The other reason we chose Shareagift was because it has more features for international groups to collect funds, as opposed to providers who seem to be focused only on their local home markets.

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How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

Very helpful. I love the fact that it allows the person who set the page up to also contribute to the pot.

Did you achieve what you set out to do?

Yes! Shareagift has been an ideal platform for collecting money, and we were able to collect the pot in no time!

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If you are struggling to keep on top of your Fantasy Football Pot or are looking at getting one together for an upcoming tournament head over to Shareagift, set up your page, invite friends and get playing!

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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

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A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

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Raising Money For The Victims Of The Nepal Earthquake

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This week we spoke to Gaurav and Lana about their campaign to raise money for the people of Nepal following the deadly earthquake that shattered the country in April, killing more than 9,000 people and injuring more than 23,000.

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1 – What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Nepal?

We were both extremely fortunate to meet the lovely and warm people of Nepal in November 2013 and were overwhelmed with concern and grief when we saw the country completely devastated from the quakes.

Being the people we are, we could not go on enjoying our rather comfortable Western living being fully aware that there are lovely people somewhere who have just lost everything which they need to have a meaningful existence. Hence we have made a conscious decision to forego wedding gifts, and instead use our wedding for raising funds for the victims of the recent deadly Nepal earthquakes.

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2 – Why did you choose Shareagift?

Two reasons – word of mouth and all the positive messages associated with the website from its user community. We really felt comfortable in Shareagift’s ability to make our friends and family feel secure about their donations, as well as the ease of making transactions. The deal clincher were the numerous success stories which we read about on the website itself.

3 – How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

Well, we have really just begun socialising the website. Our wedding is in November so we hope people will donate generously once we get closer to the date.

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4 – How much of an impact will this money have on the Nepal quake victims?

We think given the monetary exchange rate and the relative higher appreciation of daily essentials in Nepal, this money will make a huge difference to people who are worried how they will put food on the table while trying to rebuild their lives and existence.

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5 – If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

We think this is a great platform to raise money for charitable causes and will definitely look to leverage it again more frequently for them. Generally I think the world could do with a lot more karmic thought and action.

For more information and to help Gaurav and Lana raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake visit their page.

If you have a cause close to your heart that you would like to start raising money for, head on over to Shareagift and start your own campaign.

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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

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Helping Shaun After His Business Burnt Down

We are an inquisitive bunch here at Shareagift and we love discovering what people use Shareagift for. This week we caught up with Sammi who is using Shareagift to collect money online for her Dads workshop that was burnt down in the early hours of the 5th of August. This workshop was his livelihood, his job and his hobby, amongst other things the fire destroyed all his cars and tools. With help from friends and family they have managed to clear the debris and are now hoping to raise enough money to help her Dad start over.

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Here’s what Sammi had to say about her campaign and her experience using Shareagift.

Why did you chose Shareagift?

I chose Shareagift because it sounded the best out of all the fundraising sites I looked at.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page has been amazing, I can share it around on my Facebook and I can email the link for others to share, its really good!

How much of an impact will this money have on your Dad?

This will help my dad so much! After all, he has lost everything so he needs to find a new workshop to start his business again. Even if it’s enough for his first months rent it’s amazing how much people are pulling together, I’m so thankful for them all!

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What sorts of people have contributed to your page?

It has mostly been friends and friends of friends.

If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

If I was to set up another in the future it would probably be for a charity of some sort, or maybe even a fund for our honeymoon, that would be great!

For more information or to contribute to Sammi’s cause please head over to shareagift.com/pages/15142.

Shareagift can help you and your friends, family or colleagues collect money online towards anything and everything, from fundraising for causes to events and group gifts. So what are you waiting for? Head over to our website and start your own campaign today!

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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

Honeymooning In Orlando

Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun, and Shareagift!

A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Saving Igor’s Fantasy Football League

Raising Money For The Victims Of The Nepal Earthquake

Dave’s Friends Send Him To Frankfurt In Style!

Dave’s Friends Send Him Off To Frankfurt In Style

We are an inquisitive bunch here at Shareagift and we love discovering what people use Shareagift for. This week we caught up with Joanna, a great Shareagifter, who used Shareagift to collect money online with friends and family for a leaving gift for her friend Dave who is moving all the way to Frankfurt, Germany.

Joanna set an exaggerated goal of £1000 for her page and managed to raise 105% of her target in just 9 days! This has gone towards a brand new keyboard for Dave to take to Germany with him. After such a successful campaign here’s what Joanna had to say about her Shareagift experience.

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What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for your friend?

As our friend, Dave, is moving to Frankfurt, Germany we decided that we’d love to get him a big and special present from all those close to him.

Why did you choose Shareagift?

My thought process went something like this: “I wish there was a way to create a donations page, like how you would give to a sponsored run, but for a group present” and then I found Shareagift.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page has been crucial in collecting the money. It has made such a difference for people to see what they are giving to and the progress of our target – I am sure that we wouldn’t have raised half as much without this page.

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With the help of Shareagift have you managed to achieve what you set out to do?

We raised four times more than we anticipated with Shareagift!

What sorts of people have contributed to your page?

Friends and family.

If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I would be keen to use Shareagift again for a leaving present or to help celebrate a big birthday for a friend or family member.

Shareagift can help you and your friends, family or colleagues collect money online towards anything and everything, from fundraising for causes to events and group gifts. So what are you waiting for? Head over to our website and start your own campaign today!

Check out Joanna’s Page

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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

Honeymooning In Orlando

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Unusual University Clubs

The university experience is largely about finding yourself as an individual, but the bustling campuses of colleges are also the best locations to join a selection of weird and wonderful groups. In such groups, members are united in a common goal by particularly mundane or strikingly unusual pursuits. We’ve picked our five top unusual university groups and societies so you don’t have to witness the horror of typing “weird groups” into Google.

Students Against Hippies In Trees, U.C Berkeley

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The thing about those hippies is that they are always up trees. One of the more unnecessarily political active university groups, this club is unsettlingly passionate about supporting the university’s decision to cut down trees on the campus. The aforementioned ‘hippies’ object to the felling. The group have even stepped up their operations from battling tree-hugging hippies to taking on those hippies sitting pretty at the top of those battle-scarred trees.

Hummus Society, University of Warwick and London School of Economics

Do you need a tasting evening university experience with over forty different types of hummus to go with a top degree classification? Then these two groups might be the best places for you. Yes, there are two of these groups in British universities. And my football club can’t even get another people together to make a team most Monday nights…

Anarchist Society, University of Edinburgh 

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First rule of Anarchist Club? Question why we have created an organisation. University anarchist groups might be expected to be vigorously active, but this society mostly devotes itself to consuming radical literature together.

Humans v Zombies, University of Florida

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Humans v Zombies is a society that has been set up in order to enable its members to experience a simulated zombie apocalypse. It is essentially a giant game of tag with a backdrop of students and campus buildings, where participants are split into humans and zombies. Humans can protect themselves from the zombie hoard with nerf guns and socks (everyone’s weapons of choice). Crucially, this society has confirmed that they will defend the campus if an actual zombie apocalypse breaks out!

Assassins Society, Durham University

In this group you are assigned a target and you have to ‘kill’ them without being noticed. In fact, the club bio proudly declares that “membership requires skill, cunning and alertness. Some members turn into cool, calm, collected and ruthlessly efficient killing machines, whereas others become jibbering wrecks, torn apart by paranoia, lying awake at night huddled close to their excessive arsenal of destructive weaponry”.