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General

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  • The Muskathlon (running, cycling, walking) is organized by the 4th Musketeer, for and in collaboration with Compassion and Open Doors. The goal of €10,000 per participant is the brainchild of the 4th Musketeer. That 10,000 is obviously made up of lots of small (er) donations from individuals, companies and sponsorships of Compassion-children (each sponsored child counts for a 1000 euros). This way, many people are involved.

    We challenge participants to go beyond what they would naturally do themselves. The result is a stabdard for the goals and challenges the participant, with more satisfaction for the participant. Do not underestimate yourself, people around you and God! Get moving.

    Not everyone gets to 10,000. However, there are also participants who will get to three times that. On average, the participants over the years we have been doing Muskathlons, have collected more than 10,000 each. If you join as a participant and you are not able to reach that 10,000 despite your best efforts, nothing will be lost. Any amount will count, but we do ask each participant to do the utmost to get those 10,000 euros.

    The total of all participants is a significant contribution to bringing a bit of justice in the world. Participants all go to the country the Muskathlon is for, this means more for the local people than the money. And for the participants to see the poverty and injustice is a very impressive experience, taste and feel.

    Given the cost (in money and environmental impact) by doing the Musk Athlon in different countries, it is also desirable to provide a substantial amount of sponsored money.

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  • We try to answer your question as soon as possible and at least within 4 working days. This works great for most question, more specific questions (eg about donations or modifications www.muskathlon.nl) might need some extra time as we only have a limited number of employees available for specialist questions. Sometimes it might take longer than we would like, we are aware of this problem and continuously strive for improvement.

    Please make sure our "@ de4emusketier.nl" is marked as a safe sender and does not end up in your spam folder.

    For urgent questions you can reach us via telephone via:
    https://de4emusketier.nl/contact

    Please check in each case whether the answer to your question has already been answered down below or by Open Doors, Compassion or A21:

    Open Doors: https://www.opendoors.nl/ons-werk/muskathlon/

    Compassion: http://www.compassion.nl/muskathlon.html

    A21: www.A21.org/NTL, https://www.facebook.com/A21Netherlands. En de (engelstalige) FAQ: http://www.thea21campaign.org/content/faqs/gktczs

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  • The 4th Musketeer consists of two foundations: Stichting the 4th Musketeer in Enschede (account NL13RABO0140016023). This foundation organizes the logistics of the Muskathlon. Travel expenses you pay via this foundation, these are not tax deductible as a gift. This foundation is not an ANBI.

    In addition, we have stichting Vrienden van Gerechtigheid in Enschede (account NL82RABO0168445190). This is where all donations go. These are tax deductible donations. You can find us on the website of the tax authorities by searching here on ‘gerechtigheid' and 'Enschede' (tax number 851 848 564): http://www.belastingdienst.nl/rekenhulpen/giften/anbi_zoeken/

    You can also find more information about the activities and status of ANBI Foundation Friends of Justice on this website: http://vriendenvangerechtigheid.nl/

  • Participants in the Muskathlon may use the Muskathlon logo for flyers and / or posters to promote self-organized promotions / events. If the participant wants to use the logo for a self-built website, this is allowed, provided that a link is added to the official website of Muskathlon on that website. In addition, it must be clear in the layout that this is a website of a participant. Using the logo for printing merchandise material is absolutely not allowed. The logo is officially protected, always use the logo with the R of "registered trademark". You can find the logo under "downloads" in your personal Muskathlon account.

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Preparations

  • We make sure these nights are filled with encouragement, worship testimonies and prayer. We also provide materials and (verbal) information for your fundraising and help prepare you as much as possible. The closer you get to the start of your Muskathlon, the more concrete and practical the information will be (report of the pre-scout to the final departure preparations). You will have the opportunity to ask The 4th Musketeer, Compassion and Open Doors questions and you will get a chance to meet us. You will also get to meet all the other Muskathletes who will be joining you on your trip.

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  • The bicycle must be carried in a suitable container or bike box (available at the airport for €23 ). The weight should not exceed 23 kilos for most airlines. Up to 23 kilos bike transport will usually be around €100. If you exceed 23 kilos double that amount. The steering wheel should be turned in the longitudinal direction of the frame, the pedals and other protruding parts must be removed and the tire pressure should be reduced.

    Bicycle boxes are available at Schiphol, but usually also through your local bicycle shop Hard bike bags are for sale or rent, for example here: https://www.wiel-rent.nl/nl/huren/fietskoffers/

    Detailed tips: http://www.vakantiefietser.nl/praktische-tips/fiets-inpakken-in-een-fietsdoos/

    Instructional Videos:
    1 Disassembly and box: https://youtu.be/JaztTF_AwSc
    2 derailleur and chain: https://youtu.be/X_vBFi3gqNg
    3 Hard (rental) case: https://youtu.be/sU0Qxlp-gNI

  • It is not possible to join the participants for the Muskathlon if you’re not a participant yourself. There’s two reasons for this:

    - A spiritual reason: participation in a Muskathlon is not just crossing the finish line. " It is also a spiritual journey, which will come to a climax in the week of the Muskathlon. It may be considered a nuisance when non-participants walk through that week between the participants. And we think that the participant will feel torn between loyalty to family / friends and other participants on this trip.
    - A practical: before and after the sports part of the Muskathlon there is a busy schedule. Participants are loaded into the program with no room to arrange a meeting with non-participants. The finish is not necessarily in residential areas. The 4th Musketeer will and can not be responsible for non-participants who seek the finish location.

    It’s a great idea to celebrate the Muskathlon, but you can do this on arrival in the home country. For example at the airport.

Financial

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  • We recommend paying a monthly amount, so you will be able to split the cost and give us an opportunity to cover necessary expenses (we do not borrow money from a bank).

    The payment terms and cancellation:
    You will always pay the signup fee of €100

    These are also the minimum cancellation costs. This fee helps us cover the costs of our website, the processing of donations, staffing fee’s and your registration.

    - If you cancel within nine months before the start the cancellation fee is 25% of the total fee.

    - If you cancel within six months before the start the cancellation fee is 50% of the total fee.

    - If you cancel within three months before the start the cancellation fee is 100% of the total fee.

    Especially flight tickets add to our project costs. About a year before the start of a Muskathlon we will make a reservation with the airline based on a prognoses of the amount of athletes who will join the Muskathlon. We are allowed to cancel a certain amount of seats up until two or three months before the departure date. Two months before the departure date the airline will need all names for the final ticket reservations. After this period all airline cancellation fees will apply.

    The costs of the airline ticket are included in your project price. The real airline ticket fees will usually not be available for us up until 6-9 months before the start. This is why the project price is subject to change.

  • Here are some examples:
    - Travel costs to information nights
    - Extra material that you might need, but do not own (ie. sports clothes etc)
    - The renewal of your passport (it needs to be valid for 6 months upon arrival)
    - Depending on the country there might be additional costs for visa
    - Vaccination costs
    - When participating for Compassion: Getting a certificate of good conduct (VOG) in your municipality. Compassion will contact you about this

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  • Received donations (iDeal, Paypal and bank statements)

    This table contains all the donations you have received until a certain date, either through your own personal page (Ideal, Targetpay), and through the bank, sponsor children and others.

    The sum of the amount in this table is the sum of whatever is in your meter.

    Incomplete donations (iDeal)
    These are incomplete donations via your own personal page. A sponsor has started a donation through your personal page, but has not completed it for some reason.

    Check whether this person (around the same date), is also in the table 'Received Donations (Ideal & transfer). Then a second attempt was successful apparently.

    If not, you could approach this person, report that the donation has not been completed, and ask them to make the donation after all.

    The amount listed here does not count for your meter.

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  • On request Compassion will sent a form to sponsor a child with a code linked to this child. After completing this form and returning it to Compassion, Compassion puts this into the child records and displays the names of the children sponsored weekly by the 4th Musketeer, afterwards they will relay the codes to the 4th Musketeer. Each sponsored child counts for 1,000 euros. Compassion hopes and expects that the sponsor child (average) support at least three years.

    See here:
    https://www.compassionmarathon.nl/help-ook-mee/kominactie/muskathlon/muskathlon2017/ondersteun-een-deelnemer/

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  • Yes. Open Doors also has something similar. Open Doors process their own direct debit donations. If these are done for multiple months the 4th Musketeer can process these as one collection.

  • That can happen. If the donation is done via iDeal or Paypal the problem usually is that the donation was not done on your personal page, but on the regular donation page.

    With bank transfers donations might not have a description stating whom the money is intended for. Donations with no description will be punt in a ‘General’ location and will be distributed after the Muskathlon(s) has ended.

    In both cases we can generally find the donation fairly quickly and we connect that to the participant for whom it is intended, if you provide the following information in your message:
    - How was the donation done? iDeal, Paypal etc.
    - What is the name of the donor, the amount and the date of the donation?

  • Of the collected funds 6% and for each sponsored child (worth 1,000 euros on a participants meter) 90 euros, will go to the organization of the Muskathlon. This is substantially below the 25% standard fee that the CBF (mark) allows.

    This can only be achieved through the many volunteers involved, 'friends of 4M' and entrepreneurs their time, knowledge, contacts and finances helping with the work of the 4th Musketeer.

    A very large part of the Foundation the 4th Musketeer (Muskathlon organization) and Friends of Justice (donations management) staff involved is a volunteer. The growing volume of Muskathlon and associated funds make it necessary to have some paid workers on staff. These paid employees work quite a few extra hours in there own time as well, including evenings and weekends, to keep things running smooth and keep costs low.

    This 6% fee also covers the costs of information nights (rent, equipment, drinks, food etc), pre- scouts, staff tickets (if not paid for by the staff themselves) and a return night.

  • A bill for a donation is a strange construction accounting wise. So what we do is we will send a formal letter of thanks on request (pdf e-mail, or if necessary by mail) confirming the donation.

    What we will need is:
    - The name and contact details of the company / person (including an e-mail address).
    - The amount and date of the donation (we will check if the donation was actually made).

  • This depends on the way donations are done. The quickest and simplest way is donating via Ideal or PayPal on your own personal page. This will automatically show up on your meter. Promote this way of donating as much as possible!

    Donations that are made via bank transfer will take about two (1-4) weeks before they are visible in your list. These must first be processed by the bank, then for each participant by the bookkeeper in the accounting systems of the Muskathlon and exported from there in to the accounts by the Team Leader office on www.muskathlon.nl.

    Direct debit will take an average of 2 to 4 weeks. We will first receive the information via regular mail, this will be processed by volunteers about once a week. Next the file is presented to the bank, who will perform the collection after a week. After this the collection will be processed by the Teamleader office and added to the funds on the website. Failure because people book returns after the collection if there was insufficient funds and the like are processed through the accounts and an unsuccessful collection in the weeks thereafter settled on your counter (people can undo up to 56 days after incassso cashed in amount).

    Note: Vrienden van Gerechtigheid may authorize direct debit up to a maximum of 1000 euros per authorization.
    Note: Send a physical authorization via mail and NOT by email (scanned) AND by mail, but ONLY by mail. Chances are very high that we're going to handle differently second time authorization and that is not the intention.
    Note: Always make a copy / scan / photo of direct debit slips that you send. For your records, should they not arrive with us the permissions and also contact your sponsors, so you can access them as a collection can not be performed.
    Note: Permissions are useful in some situations, but cost a lot of processing time and have a chance that the authorization will ultimately not result in an actual donation. Therefore, limit the use of authorizations, as a donation by Ideal, cash, Paypal or bank transfer is also possible.

    In case of illness or absence of employees or when traffic (for example, around an event or XCC) or other unforeseen circumstances, updates could be delayed.

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Risks

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  • Please contact https://www.muskathlon.com/nl-nl/contact or https://de4emusketier.nl/contact as soon as possible
    You will always pay the signup fee of €100

    These are also the minimum cancellation costs. This fee helps us cover the costs of our website, the processing of donations, staffing fee’s and your registration.

    - If you cancel within nine months before the start the cancellation fee is 25% of the total fee.

    - If you cancel within six months before the start the cancellation fee is 50% of the total fee.

    - If you cancel within three months before the start the cancellation fee is 100% of the total fee.

    This cancellation fee covers the average cost of things as your registration and deregistration, processing of inquiries and donations, some of the indirect costs of the organization, cancellation fees are charged by airlines and hotels to us for canceling a ticket, hotel room etc.

    NOTE: Cancellation insurance generally only covers the only cost of unforeseen issues such as death of a family member or other acute distress, injuries usually do not count. So keep in mind that cancel fees might still apply, depending on the terms of the insurance and the reason and time of cancellation.