Fundraise Your Way

Fundraising Memory Challenge

Looking for a fundraising challenge that will keep your mind active? This challenge asks you to get sponsored for memorising a list of countries... and if that sounds too easy, you can memorise their capital cities too!

We’ve put together various lists of countries and capitals, to enable you to choose something challenging yet doable.

Our fundraisers usually take part a whole range of challenges and activities to raise money for important causes. But during the Covid-19 pandemic many of our physical fundraising challenges have had to be cancelled or put on hold. This fundraising challenge however can be done in the safety of your own home, adhering to social distancing rules.

You can do this challenge yourself or as part of a team – for example, each team member could memorise the countries from a specific continent?

As territories, borders, governance and names can and do occasionally change; the list of countries and capitals displayed here are for our fundraising memory challenge only and don’t necessarily represent the current list of countries and capitals. These lists are simply to help you  succeed in your challenge and raise some money for your chosen area of the University.

Kerry Mackay, Senior Community Fundraising Officer, tells us the inspiration behind this challenge.

There weren’t as many TV channels and programmes to choose from in the nineties; however I remember enjoying Matthew Kelly's ‘You Bet’ and Cilla Black's ‘The Moment of Truth’. Both shows saw members of the public take on challenges and stunts, which they had usually planned and rehearsed many times within a limited amount of time. These two TV programmes gave me the idea of a brain training challenge – something we can do safely at home and either on our own or as part of a team. I really hope our fantastic fundraisers take part in this unusual (and slightly old fashioned) charity challenge; that they enjoy exercising their mind, and manage to raise some much needed income for their chosen area of the University.

How to get involved

Step 1

Choose how many place names you want to learn – from 15 to 400!

Continent Countries Capitals Total
Oceania 15 15 30
America 35 35 70
Asia 47 47 94
Europe 49 49 98
Africa 54 54 108
TOTAL 200 200 400

Step 2

Set-up your JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/universityofedinburghPlease opt-in to receive communications from us when you set up your Just Giving page. This will allow us to provide advice and support for your fundraising activity; let you know how your donation is helping; and to invite you to events, including our exclusive annual Thank You event.

Share the link to your JustGiving page far and wide. You can post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and text or email all your contacts. You can also challenge your friends and family to take part too!

Step 3

Email kerry.mackay@ed.ac.uk to let her know what area of the University you are supporting through this fundraising challenge.

Step 4

Start practicing using the guides below:

Contact for more information

Kerry Mackay

Senior Community Fundraising Officer

  • Development & Alumni

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