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Are you ready to Step Up?


The Foundation, in conjunction with the Irish League of Credit Unions, is hosting the first ever Credit Union Challenge - 10 million steps in 10 days.


From the 11th – 20th October, we want staff and volunteers from the Irish credit union movement to join together to ‘virtually’ walk/run from the League’s office on Mount Street, Dublin to the Foundation’s field office on Fort Street, Sierra Leone.   



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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the CU Challenge?

This is the first fundraising initiative undertaken by the Foundation, in conjunction with the Irish League of Credit Unions. We are encouraging staff and volunteers from credit unions to enter as a team and walk/run as many steps as you can, each day from the 11th – 20th October.


Am I eligible to register?

The event is open to staff and volunteers within the Irish credit union movement.


How much does it cost to register?

Registration is €20 per individual. Everybody who registers will automatically be entered into a free draw to win a €100 one4all voucher.


How do I register? 

Click here to register.

  • If you need help to register, watch this short video – click here.

What happens after I register?

Once you register, you will receive three emails:

  • two from no-reply@njuko.com – 1. to confirm registration and 2. receipt of payment.
  • you will receive one email from iDonate to activate your account and fundraising page, you will be provided with a link and also login details.

Do I have to set up my iDonate account?

Yes, you must set up an iDonate account through the link in the email to be able to participate in the event and record your steps. This also allows you to be included in a Team and it doubles as a fundraising page.


Do I have to fundraise?

No, fundraising is optional. However you must activate your iDonate account and fundraising page as this links into the Teams page, and also allows you integrate your fitness tracker (or input your steps manually).


Can I make an additional donation instead of fundraising?

Yes, you can make a direct donation to your own page.


Can I do this event as an individual?

No, unfortunately this is a Team event (however there is no limit to the number of individuals on a Team).


I am in charge of getting the team registered, how do I register a team?

There are two ways to get your team registered:

1. You can register everyone at the same time. On the registration page you click ‘add registration’.

2. Each person can register individually. You can then set up the team from your own account, more details here.


Setting up the Team page.

Once your own iDonate page is activated, you can then set up the Team page. N.B All individuals on the team must have activated their iDonate page before they can be added to the Team page.

  • If you need help setting up the Team page watch this short video here.
  • For a step-by-step guide to add team members click here.

How many can be on a team?

There is no limit to how many people can be registered as part of a Team – a credit union can have a team of 2 or 22.   


Can I edit my iDonate page?

Yes, you can edit your page, upload images, shorten your url etc. click here for more information. You can login to your page by visiting www.idonate.ie and click on login and enter your details.


Can I download the iDonate app?

Yes, iDonate has an app that you can download – you must use the same login details for the app and the website.


Can I share my idonate page?

Yes, your page has a specific url and you can share this with others if you are raising funds.


How do I connect my fitness tracker or app to my iDonate page?

This event allows you to sync a number of different fitness trackers: Fitbit, Garmin, Pacer and Strava. To learn how to connect your tracker to the page click here.


I don’t have a fitness tracker, how can I record my steps?

If you don’t have a fitness tracker or prefer not to sync it to your page, you can also manually edit the total steps completed each day on your iDonate page. See more information here.


How many steps do I need to do?

There is no limit to how many steps each individual walks/run each day. Individuals participating are encouraged to walk every day for the 10 days – you can walk/run 1,000 steps or 10,000 steps or anywhere in between. We are aiming to collectively undertake 10 million steps.


How will the funds raised be spent?

The funds raised will be used to continue to support the development of the credit union movement in Sierra Leone.


How does the Foundation support credit union development in Sierra Leone?

In 2012 the Foundation set out to support the revitalisation of the credit union movement in Sierra Leone and expand financial services to thousands of people in communities in Sierra Leone. Following the end of the civil war, only 10 credit unions existed, with 2,000 credit union members. Today the Foundation supports the local office in Freetown, there are over 20 credit unions, with over 10,000 members and a national apex body for the movement. The Foundation supports the education and training of credit union staff and volunteer to ensure efficient operations and good governance, which in turn empowers members and ensures more people are financially included. To watch a short video on our work click here.


I have another question that is not covered above?

Please contact Sinéad or Ashley if you have any further questions or queries, email foundation@creditunion.ie




The ILCU International Development Foundation is a registered charity, charity number 20024314.


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