Coffee break on Facebook and swimming the English Channel?

Swimming the English Channel? The other day I was scrolling through my Facebook Timeline as I took a well-earned coffee break. (from being an amazing Graphic & Web Designer) Up popped a post with a plea for prizes for an online raffle. Intrigued I read on and was in total awe of this fabulous guy, Evan Cronin a local lad, he had set himself a challenge to raise €25,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation of Ireland. Evan has a Facebook page with a donation button where you can donate directly to the fund and also a donation page on Here you can loads of information on his fundraising and all about Evan himself.

Evan Cronin Photo by John Kelly The Clare Champion

Small excerpt:

“Hi, my name is Evan, 34 from Ireland. I’ve created this page because I want to make a difference. I’ve undertaken the mammoth task of solo swimming the English Channel for the same reasoning. I’m inspired by the work of Make-A-Wish Foundation and wanted to support them by raising money. I am Looking to raise €25,000 in total with €5000 coming through this link as there will be many outside events happening also. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can use the ‘Donate’ button. The more people that know about Make-A-Wish Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!”

The article also stated that he was planning to swim the English Channel this summer in order to raise some of the funds. He had also raised funds by running marathons and skydiving, now I am adventurous and a bit mad myself but I could never do all these things. But I wanted to help somehow. Then the idea then struck me to offer a voucher for my web and design skills as a raffle prize! Here was something I could do in my own small way to help with such a worthy cause.

The Voucher design

I contacted Evan on FB and offered my idea of a voucher. He was so overwhelmed and to be perfectly honest it did make me feel good also. Hey, who doesn’t like being appreciated and who doesn’t like doing something nice for someone else? He asked if it could be a real voucher and not a virtual one. So with a flick of my magic graphic design wand I created a voucher, printed it off and popped it into the post for him.

A couple of days later Evan contacted me to let me know he had received the voucher. He wondered if I could help with a poster. Well, of course, I could, and was only too happy to oblige. So opening up illustrator and photoshop I set to work. I came up with what I hoped would be eye-catching and offered it to Evan.
He loved it!
Now every day when I open Facebook during my morning coffee break. I see my poster being used to help raise funds, and it makes me feel ever so good inside.

The finished poster for Evans English Channel Swim to raise funds