Healthy Fundraising Events That Are Good For Your Body
By James Berigan
As parents and educators, we are obviously very concerned with the overall health of our children. Although it has become very easy in our society to make unhealthy choices, we are increasingly becoming aware of opportunities to opt for those things that will make us stronger, more fit, and in the long run, happier.
This attention is starting to turn toward our schools. With the vast amount of time that a child spends at school each year, this is a very important front in the battle for a building a healthy lifestyle.
Many schools are addressing the issues of soda and candy vending machines in the schools. And although candy sales have long been a successful form of fundraising, some schools are now looking for ways to integrate their desire for good health into their need to raise money to support vital school functions.
Here are a few ideas of physical activities that combine exercise, fun, and the opportunity to generate lots of income.
Golf and Walk
The golf outing has long been a staple in the fundraising world, used by thousands of non-profit organizations. However, many golf outings have focused solely on the golfer. While these events are great at generating camaraderie among those who participate, the very nature of the activity is exclusionary. If you don't like to golf, you aren't going to participate, and that limits the amount of money, as well as community spirit you can drum up.
However, there is a solution. The concept of the Golf & Walk event opens up the beauty of a golf course and the fun that comes from enjoying the great outdoors to everyone who wants to support your organization.
I have worked in the past with Champion Events and was very impressed by their customer service and organizational detail. They have great experience with the Golf & Walk. Here is a snippet from their website about this creative and inclusive event:
One of the most popular fundraising events that promotes physical activity is the concept of the "thon".
There are so many great physical events that a school can engage in and collect pledges prior to the actual event. Of course, there is a walk-a-thon, but for a younger crowd, a trike-a-thon might be a good idea.
According to the Daily Times in Tennessee, Carpenters Elementary School in Maryville, held a walk-a-thon on May 21, 2008, and raised just under $25,000 for the day! Those are results that anyone would jump up and down about!
Another fundraiser that can be a fun, physical activity is called a "Flamingo Fundraising".
Many groups have used Flamingo Flocking to great success.
West Middle School in Andover, MA, is currently planning their first such attempt. The Andover Townsman newspaper reports on the event, and I have included a few of the highlights from the article below.
Although, this is technically another "thon" type activity, I believe the nature of the event, as well as the overall results, merits its own category on this list.
The phrase "win-win" may be in danger of becoming terribly over-used, but nonetheless, a serve-a-thon as a school fundraiser is certainly an event in which everyone comes out ahead.
Not only can a serve-a-thon raise much needs funds for any school, but it also engages students in a volunteer effort to help others in need.
I have two examples, one large and one small of recent serve-a-thons which can inspire your school to act.
The first is the 15th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon. This blurb is taken from their website:
The smaller version of a serve-a-thon is typified by the Sioux Falls Christian Schoolin Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This information is taken directly from their website:
It seems that in recent years, we parents and educators have been confronted with a growing concern for both our children's health, as well as their schools' shrinking budgets. As we work to supplement the school coffers, so that the students have all the opportunities needed for a well-rounded education, we must do this in a way that promoted a healthy lifestyle both now and into the future.----------
About the Author: James Berigan is a former school principal who enjoys guiding schools with their fundraising efforts. He writes for the Top School Fundraisers blog at http://TopSchoolFundraisers.com/news which includes a variety of fundraising options like fundraising events and school carnivals.
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