$2,500 Target Reached!

Everyday HeroA red letter day today.  Thanks to Bill K of Canberra – and everyone else who has donated of course – I have now made my minimum $2,500 in donations.  And not before time too with the official start in Tenterfield now only 31 days away.  That’s right, 31 and I will be counting down every single day until then!

The overall total for the team on Everyday Hero is currently at $68,816 with offline fundraising probably not far off that amount either.  The overall target of at least $150,000 raised looks more than achievable, a huge outcome!

Another post or two will be made available in the coming days as the work I have been doing on my Yamaha Road Star has now been completed also.  It’s a different looking bike to a few months ago that’s for sure.

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$1,000 & $10,000 Milestones

Red fireworks for congratulations
Congratulations!

Two fantastic things happened overnight in regards to fundraising for the Steven Walter Foundation.

The first is thanks to Renny and Karyn of Canberra – and all others who have donated – I have cracked the $1,000 mark on Everyday Hero.  This means I’m over a third of the way to the minimum goal of $2,500 with six months still to go.

And the second is that the same donation – plus all the other wonderful people who have donated – has taken the Ride Around Australia Everyday Hero “Team over the $10,000 mark to a total of $10,230!

There’s no doubt more has been raised externally to Everyday Hero, but it is wonderful to see that number up there for the world to see.

Fantastic effort everyone!

$500 Raised So Far

Thanks to Jeff D of Canberra – and everyone else who has donated so far – I have now reached the $500 mark in donations for the Steven Walter Foundation. There is still quite a ways to go to reach the minimum amount of $2,500 but I have very confidence the goal can be acheived.

If you would like to make a donation to the “Answers for Kids Cancer” program you can do so at my Everyday Hero Fundraising Page. Donations above $2 are tax deductible for Australians.

February 15 is International Childhood Cancer Day

Gold Ribbon for Children's Cancer AwarenessFebruary 15 is International Childhood Cancer Day.  The Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) have announced their partnership with David Jones to sell Gold satin ribbons and lapel pins throughout February with net proceeds to go to the CCIA.

 David Jones, a long time supporter of CCIA will be the exclusive department store retailer for Gold Ribbon Month selling ribbons and pins throughout David Jones stores in February.

Professor Michelle Haber AM, Executive Director of CCIA said CCIA’s vision to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering can only be achieved with support from the community.

“While enormous advances in medical research have been made over the past 50 years, cancer is still the biggest cause of death from disease in children,” Professor Haber said.

IF you are unable to make it down to your local David Jones and you would like to support this cause, please consider a donation at my Everyday Hero site which goes to the Answers for Kids Cancer Program, the proceeds are directed to the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia.

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!

Fundraising via Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero

Fundraising is always one of those interesting topics, in particular how to receive donations and make sure everything is hunky-dory for tax purposes.  In a recent update from the Steven Walter Foundation we have been advised they support the use of a site called Everyday Hero.  Now I’m slightly familiar with the site as a colleague at work uses it each year for his City to Surf fundraising. Essentially you create an account, nominate the charity you want the donations to go to, and then start spreading the word.

What makes this site valuable to someone like me is that people can make donations directly to the Steven Walter Foundation without me needing to handle money and issue receipts.  People who donate via the site receive an email with everything they need for tax time, quickly, easily and securely.  It will also allow me to track how much fundraising I have done and how far I need to go.

But there’s more!  They also have a Team Page ability where a person can setup a Team and have other people join.  What this does is allows a Team total to be tracked as well as individual totals.  So with blessings from the Steven Walter Foundation I created a Team page as well as my own page.  We’ll see how this works out over time but it certainly looks like a great way to go.

Edit: the links to EveryDay Hero are no longer working as the ride is over, however I raised in excess of $3,000