Fundraising – Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

I’ve had limited fundraising experience but did raise over $1500 a couple of years ago for Shave 4 a Cure by, you guessed it, shaving my head. You don’t have to go to the extent of shaving your head to raise money (but hey, don’t leave it off the table) and it can start with the most basic things:

  • Write up a nice email about the cause and send it out to work, friends and family – be sure to include information on how you will collect money.
  • At the end of the email add that if people sent the emails to other people it would help.
  • If you have a nice motorbike (say a Yamaha Road Star?) then run a raffle. The prize, a loop of a local scenic area.
  • Don’t have a bike you think would be a drawcard, how about a mate with a nice car to take a lucky someone for a spin.
  • Put out a challenge at work, you will if you can raise a minimum amount of money like $100/$500/$1000.
  • Have a morning tea and ask for a simple gold coin donation.
  • If you have a hobby, like woodturning or glass bead making, have a “silent auction” for your creations with the proceeds going to your cause.
  • Clear out that back room you have always been meaning to – lets face it you don’t need all that stuff – and either have a garage sale or put stuff on eBay and donate a portion (or all?) of the proceeds to you cause.
  • If you have a Trade (carpentry, plumbing, etc), auction your services for a job and donate a portion (or all?) of the profit.

Every one of those things will generate a small and ongoing amount of interest, especially if you make it clear what you are doing it for. Start now, take it slow and steady and you will be surprised how the small amounts begin to add up to something big!

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Hi, my name is Glenn Martin and in October 2010 I’ll be taking part in the Steven Walter Foundation “Ride Around Australia”. All participants are being asked to raise at least $2,500 to donate to the Steven Walter Foundation that goes to research into childhood cancer. I’m currently in my 30s, an IT professional living in Canberra Australia for the past 15 years or so. I’ve ridden motorbikes for 20 years and for the last 10 years my ride has been a ‘99 Yamaha Road Star, a big Japanese 1600cc V-Twin cruiser.