Quick look: Samsung Hope Relay – Give to charity by going for a run

May 31, 2012
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In the spirit of the Olympic Games, Samsung has created the Samsung Hope Relay charity, which lets Samsung users contribute to good causes, and maintain their physical shape at the same time. How does it work? For every mile that you run with the associated app running on your device in your pocket, Samsung will donate £1 to a good cause.

How does it work?

It’s exactly as you would expect, really. Once you have put your name and town into the app (and taken a goofy picture of yourself) you can start and stop your “runs”. Each time you go for a run, the GPS keeps track of the distance you’ve covered and lets you know how much money you’ve raised for charity. If you’re on Facebook, you can share your progress and stats with your friends, as well as check out the motivational messages that were sent to you.

You can also form teams and rise up a scoreboard of “most-money-raised”. There is a similar “best town” leader board, that lets you and your friends run for your hometown. And if you’re really ambitious, you can get to the top of the Individuals list.

What do you get out of it?

I suppose the purpose of this app is to make you feel good about running. I’ve never done it much, but soon after writing this I’m going for a few laps around my area. Personally I think it’s a great idea – donate money and become fitter at the same time, everyone wins!

Availability

As far as I can tell, the app is only available for those living in the UK, since the locations you are allowed to choose from are all UK towns. Whether you can use the app in France and “run for” a UK town, I don’t know. If you can, please let us know via a comment below.

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