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.
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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!
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.
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.
invite your friends, family, neighbours to join you for dinner, asking them to donate what they would expect to pay for the same meal at a local restaurant, or – if you’re cooking with confidence – as much as they think the meal is worth. If you’d like an African ‘flavour’ to your dinner party, see Idea 5 for inspiration on the different types of food you could serve. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could organise what is known as a ‘safari’ dinner, where people travel to different homes for each course.
put your creative talent to the test and let the catwalk raise the rest by inviting individuals with a creative flare – from your office, school or wider community – to contribute to a fashion show. Be creative about how you raise awareness and funds, e.g. approach local art and design students and commission designs that highlight the value of education, or ask local designers to donate items to auction off. Local boutiques could be invited to show their latest designs – for a donation or course, or members of the pubic could donate on the door to see what’s hot on the high street.
thinking of organising a charity Golf day? Well you’d better know your Better balls (where pairs use their best score on each hole), from your Four balls (where 4 players compete in a round), or your Foursomes (where 2 players play against 2 others, each pair hitting alternative shots with one ball), from your Scrambles (where a team hits from the best position). Got it? Now all you need is a course of course, local companies to donate prizes, and to sell green fees, plus other money making schemes like ‘get out of bunker’ cards and try-that-shot-again cards (also known as mulligans).