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Charity Events – Run and Fund

How Charity Events Improve Health, Run and Fund!

With many people becoming more and more health aware these days, charity runs seem to be the obvious way to raise money for all those deserving charities which desperately need funds to carry on their good work. Charity runs have become very popular over the last few years and have the added benefits of getting you in shape, helping you lose a few pounds and being great fun to take part in! They are also a great way to kick start a new, healthy lifestyle change and form habits (such as training four times a week) which can last a lifetime.

There are several events which take place throughout the year for various charities including the RSPCA’s Great South Run, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK’s Great North Run, Cancer Research’s Race for Life and The Poppy Run which raises money for the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Oxfam have an entire section of their website dedicated to the various charity running events across the UK that they are associated with.

The Fundraising Events

The Poppy Run is a series of 5km runs which everyone and anyone can enter and they take place in many towns and cities around the country so if this sounds like something you would like to do there is sure to be one near you. v2012 sees 11 Poppy Runs taking place and the aim is to increase this amount year on year with the hope of raising over £1 million each year from 2016 onwards.

The RSPCA works by encouraging people to take part in many well known runs and marathons all over the country to raise money for the animal charity and you can sign up for a place by visiting their website. The advantage to this is you can take part in as many or as few runs as you like and there are many dotted around different areas of the country so you will always be within a good distance of an event.

Make-A-Wish Foundation which helps take ill children on amazing trips and holidays works on the same principal and you can enter nearly any running event and attribute it to the charity.

One of the most famous charity runs is Race For Life which takes place all over the country to raise money for Cancer Research. The event started in 1994 and has gained momentum in the years that followed with it now arguably being the biggest charity run today. The best way to enter a Race For Life is by signing up on the website, checking which event is best suited to you and when it takes place. The great thing about these runs is that not only do you have the chance to get fit and raise some money but you can also help raise awareness. By wearing your provided t-shirt, suggesting it to your friends and with coverage from the local media, these events can hopefully become more mainstream and become a fundamental income for many different charities around the country.

If you are planning to take part in one of these events it is recommended that you train at least four times a week, for an hour at a time to build up your strength and stamina for the big day. A healthy diet should be followed as well with alcohol, junk food and sweet treats kept to a minimum. However, before you groan and decide that maybe next year will be your year, think of all those health benefits, slim line new shape and the extra energy you will have. And don’t forget the main reason for taking part, to raise money for great causes which need all the help they can get.

There are several races coming up in the next few months which can only mean one thing – get training now! The best way to find a local run near you is to visit one of the many websites which allow you to search for events in areas specific to you. A Google search for ‘charity running events’ will bring up all the information you need. If you are looking at running for a specific charity you can do so by visiting their website and signing up to run. Most of them will then send you out a pack of info including a nutrition and exercise guide in preparation for the race. Everyone who races makes a difference to the final total the charity has raised and every little bit helps.

Many thanks to Cancer Research UK for their help with this article. If you would like to get involved, then why not check out their current charity work vacancies

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Bad Charity Fundraising Attempts

People who raise money for charity are, almost be definition, well meaning souls. The trouble is, being pure of heart and noble of intention doesn’t prevent you from also being really, really stupid. And often when you’re really, really stupid, you’re going to end up offending a lot of people. Like, for instance:

Dressing Up As Disabled People For Charity!

Ramco Primary School in South Australia wanted to raise some money for a clinic in Bangladesh that repaired cleft lips and palates in children. At the same time, the school wanted to use this as an opportunity to get their kids to think a little bit about the experiences of disabled people, raising their awareness and generally doing good.

Absolutely no problems with any of that.

That was until the school decided to raise money with a fancy dress competition that would offer a prize for, ahem:  “best students dressed as a person with a disability”.

This did manage to raise some awareness, in that when the parents heard about it there was outrage, and pretty soon the story hit the paper. So… mission accomplished, I guess?

We just need to really, really hope they don’t try to do some sort of racial equality fundraiser…

Drink For Drunk Driving!

The trouble with giving to charity is it always makes you feel bad. Even if you’re donating to a good cause right now, there’s always that slight suspicion that you could be giving more. This is why many fundraisers try to combine the charity and awareness aspect of their work with something fun. Comic Relief raises money for charity by giving you a night of TV personalities and comedians who aren’t really doing their best work, but at least they’re trying. Band Aid raised money for charity with some music legends playing and Bob Geldoff swearing entertainingly on air.

So when you look at it that way, it’s not that surprising that when the Dori Slosberg Foundation were trying to raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving, they decided to combine it with a fun activity. You know what’s fun?

Drinking.

So it was that the Blue Martini Lounge in Boca Raton $20 got you entry and a free drink to the Dori Slosberg Foundation drink driving awareness fundraiser. As the pub landlord said: “We give back. Yes, we are a drinking establishment, but we are just as involved in the community as any other type of business. It’s a venue for them to meet, and it’s a social event, and they are collecting donations.”

Rival drink driving awareness group (can drink driving awareness groups be rivals?) were critical of the move, saying- “What a headline that would be if folks leave a MADD fundraiser and have DUI crash.”

The (Cough) Scientology (Cough) Anti-Drugs Fundraiser

In 2007 an event was organised in Hawaii to organise fundraising to for anti-drugs organisation Narconon. The event would feature big name starts such as Marie Presley and John Travolta alongside less big name starts like Brooke Shields and Matt Lauer. For the honour of attending the event you simply had to pay a $2,500 ticket. The event was expected to have roughly 1,000 people in attendance and it might have actually got that many if it wasn’t for one tiny bit of information. A piece of information that, with some foresight, Narconon had seen fit not to mention on any of their advertisements for the fundraiser.

Narconon is backed by Scientology.

A local Hawaiian newspaper had the investigative journalistic skills to Google the name of the “charity” and funnily enough, nobody actually turned up to the event…

Carol Ellison writes about charity sector jobs.

Charity Begins at Home

Oxfam and Marks & Spencer

Top Banana charity Oxfam have announced that their partnership with high street chain Marks and Spencer to encourage recyling of clothing has been a soaraway success.clothes exchange

Plans are now being made to extend the scheme whereby shoppers at M & S are “rewarded” with discounts on their purchases if they hand back unwanted clothing.

You may think that the unwanted clothing is sent to emergency areas around the world but it is more efficient and effective to sort the clothes and distribute them to the charity’s second hand clothes shops for sale thereby raising money that can be specifically targeted to help poor people around the world in the same way that giving a charity gift benefits those in most need.

Where will it all end?

Time was when you ordered a bed you’d actually pay extra to have your old bed taken away.  The extension of the recycling scheme is set to include soft furnishings, cushions and bedding but we can forsee further commitment extending to include furniture and appliances.  Many people simply buy a new bed because they have been misinformed / cleverly sold about the improved sleep that modern new beds offer but the incentive of cash back and the bed being sold to raise money for a charity that aims to reduce global poverty will at least mean the bed buying decision is made easier.

Rather than having to hire a van to remove and dispose of your unwanted furniture we think that the offer of the delivery van taking it away for a good cause is an absolutely top banana idea.

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