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Putting the Fun into Fundraising

A quick look on-line will tell you that fundraising can give you the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China or climb Mt Kilimanjaro, and if travel lacks an adrenalin rush, try bungee jumping  or abseiling.  The ‘A-Z of Fundraising Ideas’, suggests ideas as diverse as apple dunking and mowing the lawn.  Each to his own, but the clear message is that your fundraising can have something in it for you.

Although this may not be a purely altruistic motive it does mean that fundraising can benefit both self and a charity.  With government spending cuts many charities are looking to their supporters to help them through difficult times.

DHEF is no different and Baytree, for example, is feeling the pinch. At present only 4% of Baytree’s income comes from fundraising events. Imaginative schemes to raise more are being introduced by Baytree’s supporters to safeguard its services from funding famine.

Fundraising is more effective and more fun when done with others.  Felicity and Suki raised funds for Ashwell by walking 120km from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the last leg of an ancient pilgrimage route.  Audrey and Courtney did ‘October-sober’ for Baytree and most of us at some time have enjoyed a wine-tasting or fashion show organised to support a worthy cause.

There are big events involving many people like the concert, ‘Dream of Gerontius’ organised by Winton to raise funds for the CHEPS (Child Health) project in Kenya. And, just as significant, are the donations received from selling home-made jams and cakes.  Hazelwood volunteers raised an amazing £6,500 through doing just that and by selling things on ebay while Car Boot sales help finance Tamezin Club activities.  In the words of Anita Roddick, “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

Within our society there is a growing sense of responsibility for those suffering from poverty and deprivation whether close to home or in more distant parts of the globe.  As long ago as 1944 Ann Frank wrote, “How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world!” And that applies to each one of us, now. We may not have much time and encouraging someone else may the best way to help.  But for those who enjoy the fray, give fundraising a go.  It might be fun!