This week my children are involved in a few fundraising events at their school, it’s great to make sure kids have some awareness of current issues and problems and how they can help. Writer Jane Blackmore provides some excellent ideas for charity fundraising:
At some point in our lives all of us will be affected by an event which will be a call to action. For me, it was the knowledge that a friend’s son was seriously ill, age 3, with acute myeloid leukaemia. For a friend it was when an air ambulance in Cornwall rescued her, for my mother it was when her sister in law died far too soon from Breast Cancer.
When terrible things happen it is human nature to want to help, to appease someone else’s suffering, to make the world a brighter place. We turn to fundraising as an outlet, a way to show our thanks to those who have touched us and as a way to give something back.
But what to do?
Fundraising wears so many hats and it is easy to find something that both suits and stretches you. If you look on your chosen charity fundraising website, you will find ideas or you can choose something independently and donate the money to your chosen charity.
One way to really test yourself is to choose a physical challenge, be it running a long distance race, completing a swimathon or climbing a mountain. These endurance events tend to attract good levels of sponsorship and leave you feeling like you have achieved something fantastic for yourself and your cause. Whatever you choose, make sure you take time to train and enjoy every second of the event.
If fitness and extreme events are not your thing then try eating cake. It can be remarkably successful and doesn’t require the same training as swimming the English Channel. Organising a coffee morning and selling off homemade cakes is a great way to raise money for your cause and if you can tie it in with an auction of donated prizes then even better.
When training for my first marathon I encouraged a group of friends to dress as superheroes and walk through the streets of London with buckets advertising our charity and asking for cash. We hit several bars, enticed the general population and came home slightly merry but with lots of money for our charity.
There are so many different ways to raise money, make sure you research well beforehand. With some events there may be a minimum sponsorship target that has to be achieved and these can be quite high so make sure you have a plan of how to achieve. Likewise, if you are campaigning in the street you may well need a license.
You will find that your chosen charity has lots of information on how to fundraise, the legal side, and novel fun ideas to generate donations so check out their web page thoroughly before embarking on a fundraising mission.
Jane Blackmore is a writer, editor, blogger and is currently raising money for JDRF, leading charity in research of Type 1 Diabetes.