Category Archives: September

#2. Art and / or photographic exhibition

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.


#5. Barbeque or Braai

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.


#6. Bike ride / cycle race

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!


#7. Book club

Category : In Your Home , January , June , September

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.


#9. Bring and buy

exactly what it sounds like; you beg or borrow a space, badger people you know to bring something they are willing to donate, broadcast it to the wider local community, and before they leave you encourage them to buy a bargain and bag up with more than they came with. It is sure to bring in a healthy profit for the school.


#13. Coffee morning

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.


#14. Dancing

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.


#15. Dress down / up day

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.


#16. Dinner party

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.