What is The May 50K?
The May 50K is a community fitness and fundraising challenge for MS Ireland and the MS International Federation We are challenging people to walk or run 50 kilometres throughout the month of May to raise funds for life-changing research into MS, support for people in Ireland, and an international initiative to improve access to vital treatments for everyone affected by the disease - no matter where they live.
When and where is The May 50K?
The May 50K is an online fitness challenge which runs for one month from 1st May 2021 to 31st May 2021. You decide where and when to complete your challenge.
What do I have to do?
Wherever you live, whatever your fitness level, you can decide when and where to complete The May 50K. Really don’t like to run or walk? You could complete the challenge in a way that works best for you. If you are a wheelchair user, you can adjust the kilometres in a way that will be challenging for you. Setting a challenging personal goal will make it more likely others will sponsor you.
What about coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Obviously our first priority is your health. Follow the official advice and don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk. People with MS may be at an increased risk of complications from a COVID-19 infection, so at this time it is especially important for people with MS and their caregivers to observe recommendations about social distancing.
One of the best things about The May 50K is that you do it on your own, even when you’re in a team. So you can keep your distance and run the distance!
Can I still do this in lockdown?
The May 50K is a virtual fitness and fundraising challenge, which is highly interactive and can be completed on your own anywhere in Ireland, with minimal risk to others – even in the comfort of your own home, garden or local park.
Raising funds for life-changing MS research is now more important than ever. In this uncertain time it is crucial that we remember the importance of funding medical research, and that people living with MS still need better treatments, prevention and ultimately a cure. We now need your help more than ever!
It’s important that we stay fit and healthy during this time by looking after our physical and mental well-being. The May 50K is a great way to combine the two! Get active, stay connected as a community and help us keep driving the change that we all want to see, freedom from MS.
Let’s come together as a community to show that nothing will stop us from leaving MS where it belongs, behind us.
Can I swim or cycle my May 50K?
Absolutely! It’s up to you to decide where or how to complete The May 50K.
Where do the funds go that I raise?
MS Ireland is teaming up with the MS International Federation so the money you raise will be shared to fund local and international projects. In Ireland 50% of the money you raise will go to MS Ireland projects and 50% will help to fund life-changing research and access to treatment projects around the world.
How do I update my fundraising goal?
Login to your The May 50K account and head to your dashboard. Click on ‘Edit my page’ and update your fundraising goal.
Is my donation tax deductable?
The May 50K is a virtual event which was taken international by the MS International Federation in 2020 to raise vital funds for MS research and access to treatment. The MS International Federation is a registered non-profit in the United Kingdom. This means that donations will always be used for the purpose for which they are intended but may not be tax deductible if you live outside of the UK. Please check your local regulations for more information.
My Fitness Activity
How do I log my kilometres online?
For detailed instructions on how to link your fundraising page to your fitness app, please click here.
You can log your
- Link your page to a fitness tracker or app
We are linked to FitBit,
You can use your smartphone to download FitBit,
Please allow 24 hours for your activity to show up on your fundraising page.
- Log your kilometres manually
To log kilometres manually, simply
Can I start recording my kilometres in the lead up to May?
You certainly can! But we will reset your kilometres to zero on 1 May 2021.
I’ve shared my page on Facebook asking for donations using the Facebook Donate button. Will the funds I raise come to the MS International Federation?
Yes, they will, however, we currently advise that you don’t use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds for your fundraiser as we can’t link any donations back to your fundraising page. If you’ve already set up a post, we ask that you:
- Delete the post, as this is the only way to remove the Facebook Donate button,
- Create a new Facebook post and share the link to your fundraising page without adding the ‘Donate’ button.
Why aren’t the donations that I’m receiving through Facebook showing up on my fundraising page?
Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, so we can’t sync these donations with The May 50K campaign due to limitations with the Facebook Donate button functionality. Given these limitations, we advise you not to use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds.
If you’d like your friends and family to donate to you, we encourage you to share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages instead.
Why can’t you sync my donations?
Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, and Facebook doesn’t have the functionality to sync donations to a fundraisers page at the moment. We’re working with Facebook to try to find a solution for the future, but
Is my donation via Facebook secure?