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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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.
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.
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.
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.
ask around, see if your neighbours have hounds that need walking for £££s on a regular basis. It’s a win win win: local pooches get exercised, you get exercise, and as a result African school children get access to some quality cognitive exercise!
do you love a good sing song? Well if quality is what you’re after it might be worth considering a musical recital (see Idea 32), rather than karaoke. But if you just love listening to people as they try to sing, then grab your sequin jacket, get hold of a microphone and a sound system, throw in a whole load of classic anthems and ballads, and host a karaoke evening at your local church, club or pub. You could ask for a donation at the door, or to sing, or even raise sponsorship for world’s longest karaoke.
host an alternative October 31st party on the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows; the bit of the year Christians remember loved ones past, martyrs and saints (hallows). Make it everything Halloween isn’t by including lots of light, or holding the event indoors rather than knocking on doors, or honouring people’s gifts through a talent show rather than tricks, or organising a treasure hunt as a treat. Add a disco – silent or otherwise. Parents will be sure to donate to ensure their kids are safe.