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When I was in school teaching, I loved the special event days. Red Nose Day was always a big favourite and now there’s a new event that’s getting bigger in schools every time, Sport Relief. So, I was very interested in an idea that the UK Bing team have developed in association with Sport Relief.

This year schools will be fundraising on Friday 19th March for this national campaign. Whether it’s a fun filled memorable Mile or an all day sport-a-thon, you and your school will be making a big difference. It’s always a good idea to make sure the school know why they’re fundraising in the first place! An assembly or a lesson exploring the story of a young person helped with cash raised through Sport Relief is a great way to do this.

It’s really helpful when there are activities that link fundraising to the classroom and here’s something else that will help you to do that. This year Microsoft are participating in fundraising for Sport Relief and have launched an initiative called “Give with Bing” where users of Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, can ‘give for free’ to help boost the total sum raised for charity.

badgeGive with Bing is a way in which money is raised merely by searching the internet using the Bing search engine. For every 10 qualifying searches, 5 pence will be donated to Sport Relief. This may not seem a lot, but in the UK every month tens of millions of searches are made so this initiative has the potential to make a significant contribution to the total sum of funds raised for the charity this year.

Give with Bing is available to the UK’s schools who may wish to register and participate in the charitable event. Each school can register for use of the ‘Giving Counter’ by visiting the Bing home page www.bing.com or www.givewithbing.com and simply click through on the links provided to download the Giving Counter onto the PC. The counter will show how much money each school has raised purely by using the Bing search engine to explore the internet. Parents, families and friends of the students may also contribute to add to the school total.

So, why not set your pupils and students search tasks for them to complete in class or at home. Maybe they could search for their favourite sportsperson and create a biography, document the history of their favourite team, create their own ‘fantasy’ team with players from different decades, create a list of UK gold medal winners from every Olympics and debate about the greatest sportsperson ever. I am sure you can think of lots more tasks that would encourage your class to search and raise money for charity at the same time.

The only requirements for a school to participate in the fundraising is a Windows PC, with XP, Vista or Windows 7 running, and the enablement of Cookies and JavaScript – plus of course the Teacher’s permission – after that you are ready to start raising money for one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events.

In support of Sport Relief, an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).