Yesterday I read about two guys who planned to ride every bus route on Lothian Buses service in one day. from Bus number 113 to bus number 1.
I tweeted them and wished them luck and hoped they might be able to get on ‘our’ bus. We had a wee bit chat back and forth and I asked my followers to consider following them. Then my friends at Edinburgh Spotlight took up the mantle and gave them a mention. And before you knew it, they had hundreds of followers.
I came onto the computer this morning with the intention of working hard on admin matters. Truly, I did. I clicked on twitter to see how they were doing and again wished them well. They had got off to a good start.
Oh, by the way their names are Chris and Neil.
Off they went. From bus to bus. And that is the way it has been all day.
But two buses in and their friend Peter (I like him a lot already) said why not have a fundraising page? They said well if you want to do it go ahead. And do it for the Lothian Buses Charity of the Year. I was on twitter at the time (laughing at this as I have pretty much been on twitter all day) and gave Peter the link to virginmoneygiving and before you knew it they had a page. It’s here if you want to donate! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=LothianBusGeeks&isTeam=true
And before you could say, ‘Tickets please” they had donations.
Their twitter follower numbers increased rapidly – they had journalists hopping on buses with them for interviews, doing phone interviews with radio stations and STV were trying their best to catch up with them!
It hasn’t all gone according to plan. They missed the last 20 and 15 buses but they just changed the rules (rules they had made themselves), dusted themselves down and got on with doing what they can. Their aim remains to get on all other buses by midnight.
As I type this at 7pm they are on the 21 bus.
How much have they raised? Well, right now the total stands at £906 and with gift aid that is £1119. I reckon they will do £1000 PLUS gift aid.
So, unwittingly, they have become my first team to raise £1000 this year for us. I wanted 100 pledges of £1000 and have five individuals/teams signed up but now I have our first completed team!
Many many thanks to Neil and Chris and to Peter for offering to set up the fundraising page.
Thanks to Lothian Buses of course – and for choosing us as Charity of the Year because that is why Neil and Chris chose us today!
And huge thanks to Twitter and all the people today who donated, tweeted, supported – social media at its absolute finest.
Their twitter name – @lothianbusgeek
ours – @itsgood2give
Lothian Buses- @on_lothianbuses
Articles so far on them
And STV edinburgh