107% Funded


Target: €10000


€10,750 Raised


110 Funders

ActiVacation™© -the family board game

By Ursula Kane Cafferty



by Ursula Kane Cafferty

A brilliant new board game for all the family.


The inspiration

It was while reading a newspaper article in 2008 about the number of people who could no longer afford to go abroad on holidays and were opting for 'staycations' that the idea for this game began to develop.

We’ve always been a board-game kind of family ... but nothing on the market at that time appealed to us.  ActiVacation™© was born!

The title, ActiVacation™©, came from merging the words ‘Active’ and ‘Vacation’.

An interesting selling point of this game is it’s defined ‘Tour Guide’ role, for the person who might be too ill or too tired to play but still wants to be part of the fun - a role which suited a member of our family perfectly.

ActiVacation™© has since been tried, tested and honed to perfection.

The aim of this game is to 'get to the airport'.


The specifics: 

My main reason for crowd funding is to raise financial assistance to get the project off the ground and into production. As I intend part-funding ActiVacation™© from my own savings, be assured that your pledge is going towards a product that will defintely be produced. 

  • The estimated cost of producing 500 games is €11,600 plus 23% VAT (quotation expires in Dec 2019 but costs shouldn't change greatly).
  • A launch event will cost extra, depending on venue, nibbles etc.
  • My intention is to partly fund the project from my own savings. Therefore my pitch is for €10,000.
  • So naturally, I woud encourage you to 'lucky-dip' into this submission and find out more about my ActiVacation™© rewards

My story

Holding a project management qualification, with past experience in planning and commissioning in the health service and the self publication of my book, I am well equipped and motivated to take on the challenge of the production and launch of a limited edition of ActiVacation™©. 

My self-published book, 'Suitcase Number Seven - a rugby story with a difference' was still being spoken of on the airwaves as recently as November 2019.
This previous experience taught me how to -

  • promote a product I believe in
  • run a successful launch event



Why Fund it?

1. The excitement of crowdfunding will get the name ActiVacation™© 'out there' in ways I could never achieve alone

2. The fact that people might pre-purchase the game for specific rewards adds an additional layer of enthusiasm to the project
3. I know people will join the buzz and enjoy playing ActiVacation™© 

Through Fund it I aim to successfully produce and launch a limited edition of ActiVacation™© onto the domestic market within the next year. So If you can spot its potential and you find a reward that appeals to you, your pledge would be much appreciated. The rewards are worthwhile and indeed some people have already expressed their interest in the numbered, first edition, certified copies of the game.

So ... many thanks for reading my submission.




Sincere thanks & Happy New Year!

Hi everyone, 

Greetings from activacation.ie. 

By now many of you will have discovered the game’s complexity and nuances! It is certainly not for the faint hearted. 


What an eventful year 2020 has been!

This time last year I was preparing to launch my crowdfunding campaign. Little did any of us know that Covid-19 was waiting in the wings. 


In previous updates I explained the delays & adjustments that were made to the project as a result of the pandemic ...and eventually (partly thanks to you, my funders) I held the finished product in my hands. So far feedback has been excellent and sales have surpassed my expectations. 


So in this, my final update, I wish to repeat my heartfelt gratitude to you all and offer a few suggestions to improve your ActiVacation experience. 

Have a look at the videos on my website for tips & tricks on how to get the most out of the game. The more you play, the craftier you can become. And introducing your own house rules can only serve to enhance your journey to the airport! 


Happy New Year to you all. 


I’ll leave you with a few quotes from happy customers. 


▪️‘It’s a cracker! WW3 nearly broke out here on Saturday night playing it...we had great craic.’


▪️‘It's so good ! We've played it a few times in past few weeks. Any game these days that can keep 3 teenagers + an 11 year old entertained and engaged for a few hours of great fun, and away from their screens, gets my vote!!’ 


▪️’I really like the semantics of the product ... that just by looking at the icons I know exactly what cards I need to collect.’ 


Feel free to spread the word. 

Stay safe. 

With sincere best regards 




Reward time- addresses needed

Hello everyone  

By now most of you will have received your rewards and/or letters of thanks for your support.

The raffle has been held, the winner was notified by email and the prize has been delivered. 

I am still waiting for a few people to send me their addresses so that I can fulfill their reward. I have emailed the individuals concerned and will do so again but please check your Spam folder if you think this could be you. If you changed your contact email details this year perhaps that might be the reason. 

Some funders chose 'no reward', so once again this update is an expression of my gratitude to those concerned.

Others chose to remain totally anonymous which means I have no way of contacting them. So again this update is an expression of my gratitude to those concerned. 

And finally to those who chose a reward & have received it but had donated extra, I have taken note of your additional contribution to my campaign with gratitude. Please feel free to get in touch with me by email at ucafferty@gmail.com if this category applies & you would like an extra game. 

Thanks to those who have been spreading the word that the game is available at activacation.ie where I will also be uploading explanatory videos on how to play (soon!). 

Now that we are at Level 3 of lockdown, ActiVacation®️ would be a great game to play at family time during mid-term break. 

My local paper, The Westmeath Examiner, did an article on the story so far earlier this week  I attach the link at the end of this update. 

Best regards and remember... house rules are allowed!



Midlands 103

Morn all. I’ll be on Midlands 103, Friday panel at 11/20am on Friday if you want to have a listen!!

Distribution of ActiVacation rewards continues.  Some rewards included entry into a raffle (you will have received an email to this effect if you are eligible for entry). Due to the fact that I am unable to hold the promised launch in Mullingar in October that raffle will now be held this week. The winner will be informed. 

Please note. Some donors chose no reward and others chose to remain anonymous. I have no way of knowing who the anonymous donors are and have no contact details to express my thanks. I hope this thank you update will suffice. 

Best regards & stay safe. 

Distribution of rewards has commenced

Hello there!

I'm happy to say that the distribution of my ActiVacation rewards has commenced.
For funders whose reward included a copy of the game I hope you have many hours of fun trying to 'get to the airport'.

These games have been hand assembled so if you have any issues or if any component is missing from the box - cards, jigsaw-bag, dice, etc... feel free to contact me directly at 0872317758 for a replacement item. 

Stay safe  





And finally...

The games have arrived

Almost there!

Dear Funders

Thanks so much for your patience with this project. 

Happily I can now let you know that the games have left the factory floor and are en route to me.  

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions and constraints which are out of my control I will be unable to hold a launch in the form I had offered as part of the rewards.  However if a copy of the game was part of your reward I will arrange to deliver that to you as soon as possible after the 15th September, some by hand, some by courier and some by post.  I may need to request addresses in order to fulfil this.  Feel free to get in early and Whatsapp your address to 0872317758  or email it to ucafferty@gmail.com. 

Perhaps I will be able to arrange a Zoom launch later in the autumn or early winter so keep watching this space.

I will keep you informed as to how I will arrange the other aspects of the rewards such as the video, raffle, skype etc. as soon as I can. But for the moment my priority is to ensure the games are distributed so that you can start playing ActiVacation.

Best regards




Getting there!

Hello everyone 

Today I was notified that the components of Activacation®️ are currently being assembled into the boxes. It should be completed shortly and made ready for delivery to me. I will keep you informed. 
In the meantime I attach some photos received from the factory floor. 
Thanks for your continued patience in these pandemic times. 

Stay safe everyone. 

Still making progress.... some photos!

Some merchandise has arrived. All we need now is the game itself!

Hopefully soon. 






Just a quick note to let you know that progress continues with the manufacturing of ActiVacation. While in lockdown a few minor alterations were made to update the content.
This will make the game more Covid relevant ... and as the box is dated 2020 (a year we are not likely to forget in a hurry!) it should further enhance its potential as a collector's item. 

The game and some other merchandise such as masks are now available to PRE ORDER at my website activacation.ie

Thanks for your patience.
Feel free to spread the word.   



Progress Report

Hi everyone 

Thank you for your patience due to the Covid restrictions. 
I am pleased to say ActiVacation is on the move again.

The attached link is to a video of the white (unprinted) prototype which demonstrates the quality you may expect in the final product. The next step will be manufacturing. 







Things are looking up again!

I hope you are all well in these strange times. I’m thrilled to let you know that after stalling due to the Covid-19 restrictions, things are slowly starting to move again with project ActiVacation. I have received some very tentative dates to aim for. So it’s like a new beginning for the project and so... the excitement returns. 

Naturally you will be kept informed with progress as things gather pace in the weeks ahead. 

If anyone needs to contact me at any stage my email address is ucafferty@gmail.com 

Stay safe everyone,


Progress will be slower than planned

Hello again everyone, 

Greetings from my self-distancing hub at this strangest of times for us all. 

Thanks to everyone who responded to my email regarding the specific funder names for the ActiVacation rule book. There’s still time to reply if you (understandably) have not had a chance to do so yet. eg. Some people have chosen to list a child’s or grandchild’s names in lieu of their own.

Due to the recent constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and following some wise advice, I will not be placing my order for the games as early as I had planned. 

However I will continue to work on the minute details of the project and will give you regular updates on progress. 

Hopefully I will be able to toast you all at a launch party before long. Thanks for your patience. 

Stay safe. 




Choosing your funder name

Hi Everyone.

Thanks to those of you who got in touch since my last post. I really appreciate your support.

My project is slightly behind schedule due to Covid-19 news & my efforts to voluntarily socially distance myself from others which is taking up some of my brain space!

I managed to trace one of my ‘bounced’ donors. If your pledge was not taken out of your bank account, the second failed transaction may be yours. I’d hate for anyone to miss out on their reward so have a look & get in touch if necessary. 

I will definitely be sending an email before the end of the week asking you to confirm the exact donor name & spelling you want in the rule book please? (eg. Some people have opted for their children’s or grandchildren’s names.) 

Feel free to contact me at any time by text or WhatsApp at 0872317758. Or by email at ucafferty@gmail.com. 

And stay safe. 



Touching base!

Hello everyone 

I am now in receipt of all the particulars I need to contact you individually to say thanks and also to set in motion the groundwork in preparation for organising your rewards. 

Unfortunately, a few funders’ payment requests failed ... so if you had chosen a reward and do not receive an email from me in the next few days, it could be you. Feel free to contact me by text/WhatsApp at 0872317758 if you need clarification on this. 

I am currently

- ‘tweaking’ a few small design details

- seeking the revised quotation

- and am aiming to place the order for this limited edition, collector’s issue of ActiVacation by the end of March. 

In the meantime, stay safe as you practice social distancing during the current Covid-19 crisis. 




Oops. Just noticed that my previous update was truncated due to the excitement of being funded. It should have read....

Whoop whoop

Fully funded... and some!

Whoop whoop

Today’s article in Tge Westmeath Examiner newspaper

Thanks to the Westmeath Examiner newspaper for their continued support of my project  


106% funded.

One day and 23 hours to go!! 

All funds raised will go towards production & launch  

Many thanks again 




Leap Day 2020

Hi everybody. 

Its Leap Day 2020 today and I am thrilled to report that my campaign is now 106% funded. 

Such an amazing response. 

Yesterday I was honoured to be a member of the Friday Discussion Panel on Midlands 103 Radio station with Will Faulkner, John Leahy and Jeff Harvey. We discussed topics as varied as Coronavirus, people’s worries and the fact that this is a leap year.  I told the story of how I was an ‘extra’ in the proposal scene of the 2010 movie ‘Leap Year’, starring Amy Adams, which was partly filmed in Ireland. But of course I also had plenty of airtime to discuss ActiVacation as well.

This morning I was interviewed live on Facebook by the great Ray Dolan #frommullingarinmullingar about the game and the campaign.

With just under 4 days to go there is still plenty of time for people to get involved in this crowdfunding campaign project. While most of the high value rewards are sold out, there are still many opportunities to become investors in this certified LIMITED EDITION of 500 games; a product which has the potential to become a collector’s item in years to come. 

Here follows the link to that interview. Please keep spreading the word. Every euro raised will go towards production & launch.


Thanks again


PS ... Getting a corporate sponsor on board would be brilliant!! 



There’s still time to make a pledge

There are some amazing rewards still available at my crowdfunding campaign page for the LIMITED EDITION board game ActiVacation®️. Have no doubt that this product will become a collector’s item. Each game will have its own unique number.  All games between 1 and 25 are now ‘sold’ ... EXCEPT no. 2.  A great value experience is included for a pledge of €350... 6 days to go ... lets get my final percentage up!! Having the safety net of an extra few % over target would be brilliant. 

Many thanks 



A dream becomes reality

Whoop whoop...

thanks to all who supported me, the ActiVacation®️ campaign has reached its target.

As stated on my project page, this amount will go approximately two thirds of the way towards producing a limited edition of 500 games. 

But there are still 8 days left in this campaign and I am allowed to exceed my target ... so please keep up your good work at spreading the news. We will all have a launch worth remembering later in the year. 

I am so grateful to everyone who pledged. Exciting times ahead. 



Brilliant response

#BobbyMeansBiz. Huge feedback and many pledges resulted from Saturday’s interview with Bobby Kerr on NewstalkFM. The project is 84% funded now with just over 2 weeks to go. I appreciate all of my friends and donors helping to spread the word about my board game ActiVacation®️ crowdfunding campaign. 

In case you want to listen in again!! Here below is the link. Just fast forward to 25 minutes. 



Never too old!

There’s a saying that

‘you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream’. 

That’s ActiVacation®️in a nutshell. For years I’ve been thinking about putting this game out there. With the assistance of all my pledgers that new dream of mine looks more & more like becoming a reality. 


My chat with Bobby Kerr on NewstalkFM and his obvious interest in the project serves to act as renewed encouragement to get the campaign over the line so that the game can go to production. I’m very happy to say it’s 83% funded now.  


Remember! this initial run is for is a limited edition of 500 games. They could be worth something in years to come. So please keep spreading the word. 


I attach the link to my interview in case you missed it. Fast forward to 25 mins into the show to listen in.... 




All the best 


Down to Business

You might like to listen to Newstalk Radio's 'Down to Business' programme on Saturday morning 15th February at 10.20am when I will be interviewed live in studio about ActiVacation®️ and the crowdfunding campaign.

The total is now at 76% thanks to the generous pledges made by everyone. This publicity should help me make further progress towards the finishing line. 

Again, many thanks,



Almost at the half way mark time-wise and I’m way ahead of the target I set myself last week (now 72% funded!). 

It’s humbling that so many people have faith in me and my product and are happy to make a pledge to see ActiVacation®️

become a reality. I am still working hard at getting ‘my brand’ noticed and with your continued support I know it won’t be too long before my full target is reached. If you know of any company, particularly in the travel industry, who wants value for money from their marketing budget, be sure and let them know about the corporate reward that will advertise their company for as little as €2 per box. And please keep spreading the word. 






In just 19 days I have reached 68% of my target and I wish to say thanks for all your pledges so far. But I still need your support in spreading the word further so that I can get ‘over the line’.

My focus for the coming week is on finding a corporate sponsor, and if any of you know of a company who might be interested, especially from the Travel industry, please contact me or send the link to them. 




Many thanks


Update on designs of ActiVacation®️

As promised in my original Fundit video, I now attach the link to an update on my designs;

(with thanks to info@simplylogodesign.ie for the excellent design-work & commitment to the project). 

The project total has reached 61% which is music to my ears but there are plenty of rewards available to those who still wish to pledge ... if you know of anyone who may be interested please continue to talk about the game. Your support to date has been amazing and I know that with your help I will get this project over the line and start production. 

The support of a corporate sponsor will go a long way towards achieving the final goal so I will be continuing my efforts to promote that reward. For €2 per game their company name would be included for posterity on the first 500 ActiVacation®️boxes.  Now that’s what I call an excellent advertising opportunity. Feel free to spread the word  



Excellent feedback!

The feedback so far from the newspaper article and radio interview has been excellent. Another high-value reward is sold out and the fund has passed the €4000 mark. It’s exciting to realise that so many other people see the potential of ActiVacation®️ and are willing to pledge their hard-earned money to help make production of the board game a reality. I’ve a bit to go yet so please keep spreading the news. All pledges are welcome and there are still some excellent & interesting rewards available. 

Many thanks again




Radio Interview on Midlands 103

Today I was interviewed about ActiVacation®️ by Will Faulkner on Midlands 103 radio. I am posting the link below for you hear what I had to say as I announce that I am already 36% funded. That is beyond my wildest dreams so early on in the campaign. Once again I am gratefully yours, 





A remarkable 33% funded

I am happy to announce that ActiVacation®️ has reached a milestone in its crowdfunding campaign. To be 33% funded is amazing at this early stage in the process and it is only with your assistance in spreading the word that this has been achieved. So! Thanks again everybody  

My local paper, The Westmeath Examiner, published an article today about the board game and also gave some background on my various career experience to date. I will post a link to that as soon as it becomes available on line. 

In the meantime keep talking about it and you never know!! The campaign might receive a corporate sponsorship pledge soon. 



Thirty percent funded!

Five days into my campaign and progress is excellent. I have over €3000 in pledges. Two rewards have sold out but there is still a broad variety to choose from. News of the project continues to filter out via social media and other outlets ... so please keep spreading the word.


Many thanks for your generosity

On this, the first weekend of the campaign, I am delighted to see that there are 30 funders already. Many thanks to you all. 

I received a letter of notification earlier in the week that the ActiVacation®️ trademark registration process has been completed and accepted which is great news.  

As stated in my video, the game is production-ready and in the next few days I will elaborate on the design and quality you can expect in the finished product.

I will also expand further on the story of how the game evolved. So watch this space and feel free to spread the word about ActiVacation®️.   

Thanks for your support.

I am so grateful for the support I have received to date on this campaign. The Mullingar.ie Facebook page have posted a lovely piece.  And I have also been in contact with the local newspaper about the project. The word is out. Feel free to spread the news! 


So far so delightful!

Hi everyone. Many thanks for your generous pledges so far on day one of the campaign. It’s all very exciting. 

To reach 10% of my target so quickly is amazing but there’s a long way to go yet so please continue to spread the news about the range of rewards on offer. I think the €10 reward would make a lovely gift for a child.  Imagine if your name had been included in an original, limited edition, rule book of a board game like Scrabble, Cluedo or Yahtzee!! Just imagine

funders (110)

There are 95 public funders of this project

There are 15 anonymous funders of this project