organise a once off timed event or a regular weekly aerobics class, with the goal of improving yours and others’ flexibility, muscular strength, cardio-vascular fitness, and of course raising funds. You’ll need to think about a suitable instructor, gym mats or flooring, music and space. Gather friends, get fit and raise £’s by asking for a donation or sponsorship.
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are you a budding artist or belong to an art club? Or maybe you see yourself as more of an appreciator of art, but with the ability to organise creative-types? Consider staging an exhibition, that either celebrates local talent or highlights a certain theme. Given enough notice artists, designers or photographers may wish to create new pieces. Be creative about how you raise funds, for example, ask artists to donate works to sell or ask the public for a donation to enter.
some say that if you haven’t used something in the last six months you probably don’t need it. Well, six months may not take into account the impact of seasons on what we use or wear, but if you haven’t seen or picked something up in over a year it is definitely time to let it go. Imagine what treasures lie dormant in your attic, cupboards or under the bed, then multiple that by the number of colleagues or friends you have, and you have a potential charity auction on your hands. Add some higher value items, like donations from local companies, sports clubs, or expertise like advice or training and you have an auction the whole community won’t want to miss out on.
if you know your fruit and veg from your dairy or your breads from your bottles, consider asking your local supermarkets if they will allow you and a team of volunteers to pack bags. Speak to the store manager, explain the vision and values behind the school, and ask if they’d be willing to support your fundraising efforts – either in this way or maybe they will even have other ideas on how to raise £1000. Ask family and friends to sponsor you per bag, or ask the manager if they would be comfortable in you asking for donations from customers – remembering that every little helps!
spot a break in the weather and organise a bbq, barbie, or if you’re proudly South African, a braai – which are enjoyed all year round! In addition to steak and boerewors (sausage), homemade patties (burgers) and pork bangers (sausages), South African side dishes include biltong, butternut, chakalaka (spicy vegetable relish), cheesy garlic bread, braaied potatoes, creamy potato gratin, mieliepap (maize porridge) and sweetcorn. Remember dietary requirements such as gluten free, halal and vegan if you plan to invite the community. Be bold, ask the local butcher or supermarket to donate food, consider whether asking for donations for food or charging for each item will maximise your fundraising efforts.
next time you’re thinking about a casual Sunday afternoon cycle, don’t just ‘think bike’ but ‘think bigger’ by inviting your friends, family, colleagues or wider community to join you in a sponsored cycle. Or perhaps you take your cycling seriously and regularly compete in races – Mountain, Road or Single Speed – then, why not put all that effort and energy to even better use by raising some £££s as you pedal!
bake as many cakes as you can, or better still get your colleagues, friends, family to bake as many cakes as they can, and sell at a central location. You could even turn it into a Bake-off type competition if you like, selling the winners (and losers) cakes either to the highest bidder or suggest a donation. A cake sale can be an event all by itself or it could be a stall as part of a bigger event celebrating local creativity and taste.
clear out your attic, garage or spare room and drive whatever you haven’t used for a while down to your local boot sale. Be prepared to get there really early and don’t be surprised to find bargain hunters ready and waiting to root through your loot even before you get chance to open your boot. If there aren’t any car boot sales locally, speak to the local and relevant authorities about organising your own at your church, school or the local community centre. Think about asking for a donation from every car.
do you live on one of those streets that is blessed with parked cars, bumper to bumper, on both sides? Well, sometimes fundraising involves spotting the opportunities that present themselves nearest to you; so whether it is your neighbours, teachers, supermarket shoppers, the office block or passers-by, you could literally clean up by asking for donations or sponsorship to wash as many cars as you can in a weekend. Explain what a good cause it is as people wait for their wash and polish.