Feedback from the Firewarriors ‘I LOVED the firewalk. It was empowering, exciting and magical. It was good to hold a mirror up to myself and look at what I wanted to change/improve in my life. To be empowered to walk over the hot embers and to take that feeling back to my everyday life – […]
You know that moment when something catastrophic happens, like a minor car accident that could, and maybe even should, have been much worse? There’s a beat and you realise you are OK. Everyone is OK. Shock and joy flood in and we stumble around in both surprise and euphoria. That moment is a window in our lives. It’s an opportunity to confront our own personal procrastinations that limit us, hold us back and often cause us misery.
So you are running a Firewalk with us and have decided to expand the scope of the day. Many groups will run a fun event alongside a Firewalk with us, for friends and relatives who want to watch their loved ones walk the fires. Unless the venue you have chosen has a licence to sell alcohol, you MUST apply to the council in order to do this. If you don’t, you are breaking the law. Don’t panic, it’s not that hard, though it can sometimes be a bit of a rabbit hole filled with confusing contradictions. If there is a left brainer in your organisation, someone who loves forms, detail and process, this is a job for them!
You do have firewalk insurance right? Yes. Yes we do. And everyone involved, be it our firewalk instructors or firewalk tending team, is a certified professional. We take everyone’s safety extremely seriously. We always have a qualified first aider on site too. And we also produce a detailed risk assessment ahead of the event too. So insurance. We are covered for up to £5million.
Q – How long does it take for the fire to burn down to embers?
A – We light the fire about 30 minutes before sunset, depending on cloud, so that when we walk its going dark but not totally night-time. It takes about 70 to 90 minutes to burn down to a pile of embers. Of course you can run one at any time in the day but the drama of going dark and glowing red embers is worth the effort.
Many of us will choose to Firewalk to overcome the challenge while raising money for a cause that is close to our hearts. But there are many ways to the top of Mount Fundraising! 85% of the money you raise will come from a well run campaign. Target should be £3,000 minimum and we expect you to exceed £5,000. £10,000 is by no means out of reach. But here are the best ways to close that gap…
The bottom line is you need an expert. Yes you can shoot some pretty cool shots on your phone, and that will capture the atmosphere, but making the kind of videos we produce will need planning, care, professionals, post production and experience. Getting a video made properly is likely to cost at least £1,000, possibly more. So is it worth it? Well…
We ALWAYS recommend a professional photographer for your Firewalk Experience, and we have access to expert photographers with experience. However, if you do not have the budget OR you are working with someone who has never done a firewalk shoot (maybe there is a photographer in your local community who is happy to do it), here’s some tips to help you get the most from the experience.
Local press love local stories, like a school, business or charity running a firewalk and raising money. And it’s an easy opportunity for you to raise more awareness AND money for your cause. But to get the most from this, you will need a simple press release. A one page document that covers the what, where, when, who, why etc. It’s usually accompanied by a handful of photos too.
The saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words. Yep. 100% true. And video even more so but more on that in another post. When getting coverage with traditional press (newspapers and local or industry specific websites etc) for you charity firewalk event, they will want at least TWO specific things. And local press can carry more weight than most people realise.