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.
Category Archives: January
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.
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!
have you or your colleagues, friends, neighbours ever considered forming your own book club? Well 2017 is the ideal year to start! Things to consider include which day / evening and time you’ll meet each month or week, the location and atmosphere you want to create – especially how to include everyone and facilitate good discussion – people’s passion and how that might influence whether you look for titles amongst Critics Circle, Firecracker, Nebula and Hugo and Pulitzer prize winners, or where the group has specific interests. Ask members for a donation each time you meet.
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.
organise some quality Fairtrade beverages, biscuits or cakes, and invite family and friends around for a cuppa and a chin wag. to stimulate an educational debate or facilitate a discussion on dreams think about streaming the Game Changers film. Either ask for donations there and then, or some people may feel inspired to organise their own year full of events to raise funds.
whether you see no harm in barn dancing or you’re strictly ballroom, organise a sponsored dance-athon that raises funds by the hour, minute or per song. Or how about a competition, with a panel of experts commenting and scoring, and maybe an audience that donates funds for every vote they cast to keep people dancin’ or out. Perhaps you’d prefer something a bit more social, if so, why not consider a ceilidh, rave in the nave or a 70’s night, where you ask for donations from dancers on the door.
store away that school uniform, save the suit and ditch the posh dress, in favour of your most colourful, outrageous or comfiest outfit. You could organise a once off event where people donate to dress up or pare down, or consider picking a day and push for a monthly or even weekly event. Imagine every Tuesday for Trainers (Tekkies in South Africa), or Wellie Wednesday (gumboots in South Africa), Thursday would become furs-day (choose your African animal print?), and Friday, in preparation for the weekend, would have to be about the Football (soccer) shirts.