Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Running for a Cure - Part 2: A Family FUNdraising Affair

As I mentioned in part one of this series, the whole family is doing the CIBC Run for the Cure together.  The kids and my husband are walking the 1 km route and I am running the 5 km route along with other team members.  This means there are 4 of us with fundraising goals and 4 of us fundraising for the same cause.

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure


This makes the task of fundraising a bit more challenging because we all know the same people.  As it is, fundraising at this time of the year can be a difficult venture.  People have just shelled out a ton of money preparing their kids for back to school and registering for after school programs.  Wallets are thin, money is tight.  So instead of just canvassing for a donation, the kids came up with their own creative plans that allowed people to donate but in return they received something too.

3 Simple Tips to succeed in fundraising:

  1. Set realistic goals.
  2. Let the kids come up with their own fundraising ideas.
  3. Make it fun.

Following the rules set out above we set a realistic goal.  The kids both set a target of raising $60.  We felt this was an attainable amount and if they happened to surpass it, that would be icing on the cake. 

Next the kids started brainstorming ways they could raise funds.  Ideas of lemonade stands, bake sales and garage sales were thrown out.  While we haven't ruled any of these out, my son decided that he could sweep people's front walks for a donation.

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure
Saturday morning - off to sweep front walks.


It was pretty sweet.  He set out on Saturday morning, broom in hand, and went to some of the neighbourhood houses asking if he could sweep their front walk for a $1 donation to the CIBC Run for the Cure.  He had his spiel down and at $1 who could resist?

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure


Well, I think he may have got a little more than he bargained for because there was a lot of sweeping to be done but he never once complained.  In fact if the job looked bigger I think he felt he was doing a better job.  Our neighbours were generous and his $1 donation request was soon forgotten.  He quickly reached his fundraising goal and as a family we got out of the house, connected with neighbours, shared information about breast cancer and the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure
A little break along the way.


My daughter's fundraising idea actually fell in her lap one evening when we were out for dinner.  She brought her new bracelet making kit to occupy her while she waited for her meal.  Our waitress was chatting with her and asked if she could buy a bracelet.  After saying that she could just make her one for free the waitress objected and said that she wanted to start her off on her entrepreneurial venture.  We told her that my daughter was raising money for the CIBC Run for the Cure so we would put the money towards her fundraising goal.  The next thing we knew there was a lineup of staff asking to buy bracelets with the money going towards the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure
Dinner and bracelets.  A new fundraising idea.


It snowballed from there.  She spent a few hours making more bracelets and has sold them to neighbours, family and friends.  Everyone loved having something to take away and knew that their money was going to a good cause.

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure


We still have some more ideas for FUNdraising which will hopefully include a movie night for their friends.  Our idea is to charge a nominal admission fee and provide a movie and snacks for everyone.  A movie for the kids and a free night for the parents.  I think it will be a success!

Running for a Cure: A Family FUNdraising Affair - CIBC Run for the Cure
The family that FUNdraises together, has fun together!


The most important part of fundraising is keeping the FUN in it.  The kids felt empowered by their ability to raise money for charity.  By drawing on their own talents and strengths we were able to reach out to different people for achieve our fundraising goals.  The experience has been fun, we have bonded as a family but we're not done.  We are still hoping to raise more before the run on Sunday October 6, 2013.

Feeling inspired?  You can join in too!  Register to participate, Donate to an individual or team or Volunteer for the event.  Each is just as important as the other.  Join the conversation on Twitter or follow The Run for the Cure on Facebook to learn more.

This post was generously sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but the opinions are my own. For more information visit www.runforthecure.com.

4 comments :

  1. What a great family activity! and the bracelets are just awesome.

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  2. What amazing kids. I love reading pieces like this. And my sister was wearing those bracelets today!! So hip!!

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  3. Cool. I have collected some Local Fundraising Ideas Auckland. Thanks for sharing. Keep exploring.

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  4. Because of the fundraisers the benefits of fundraising campaign are so clear to many of us. People who can't afford treatment, medicine and also living and schooling; need funds to be supported.

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