WHAT IS DOWN WITH DEVICES?
Could you go without electronic devices for a whole weekend? Have you got what it takes to say goodbye to your smartphone, computer, tablet, games console and iPod, while raising funds to help children in need?
YOU DO? FANTASTIC! LET'S START CHANGING LIVES.
Down With Devices is a cool, new fundraising challenge for the whole family. We challenge you to give up your devices for a weekend, get your friends and family to sponsor you for your efforts, and see how much money you can raise to support children in Malawi!
Throughout the weekend, you will be able to record your progress in our downloadable diary. Make a note of what you’ve found difficult, what the challenge has made you think and feel, and, of course, track your success.
All participants who make it to the end of the weekend will be entitled to a certificate, a pair of paper Love Specs, and a Love Support Unite wristband.
Why should you get involved?
Studies have shown that most children in the developed world now use smartphones and tablets for a number of hours every day, and we are incredibly lucky to have access to these fun, timesaving devices, with information and entertainment at our fingertips. However, not everyone is so lucky. At Mkhunku School in Malawi, many children only eat one meal every three days, and have never even seen a tablet or a smartphone!
This is where you come in.
By taking on the Down With Devices challenge, you could:
- Raise funds for children in Malawi, helping to provide basic necessities that all children should have
- Take time to appreciate how lucky we are to have our devices, and consider what life must be like for other children in the world
- Spend more time with your friends and family, not your devices
- Enjoy more time outside, having fun and getting healthy in the process
- Discover new hobbies and fun things to do
- Involve your friends and family to see who else can finish the challenge
- Get a sense of pride from completing a difficult challenge and helping others in the process
- Receive a cool certificate, a pair of Love Specs and a Love Support Unite wristband to celebrate your success.
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We are incredibly lucky to live in a part of the world where many people have access to fun, timesaving devices like tablets and smartphones. Down with Devices is a productive, fun and healthy way to introduce your child to issues of global poverty and inequality. Choose Down with Devices and recapture family time this school holiday!
How did Down With Devices start?
Down With Devices is a challenge created by children, for children. During the summer holidays, 9-year old Hector, an avid Minecraft and YouTube fan, decided to go without his iPod, phone, iPad, television, PC and Gameboy for a whole week – all to raise money for malnourished children in Malawi!
Hector and his best friend, Eddie, aimed to raise £50 through this thoughtful summer activity, but together, they raised an incredible £500! Their kindness and willpower blew us away, and they were surprised at how much they actually enjoyed the challenge! And so, Down With Devices was born.
To join Hector and Eddie and sign up by using the form. Nearly £4000 has been raised by just three schools already.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR DOWN WITH DEVICES!
It couldn’t be easier to join in the fun!
Simply fill out the application form to the right to download the Down with Devices sponsorship form and diary!
Ask people to sponsor you to go without a computer, tablet, ipod, games console and smartphone for a weekend! Use the diary to record what you or your child found difficult about the challenge, how it made you feel, and what it made you think about.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of your weekend challenge to receive your certificate, a pair of paper Love Specs and a Love Support Unite wristband from us to say thank you. Make sure you tell us how much you raised, and any thoughts from your Down with Devices diary you’d like us to share!
You can make it even easier for people to sponsor you by setting up a Love Support Unite – Just Giving fundraising page for you or your entire family. Simply follow the link below and hit the ‘Fundraise for Us’ button to get started.