The choice is yours…
- Art do you know a painter, photographer or a potter? Get donations and hold an exhibition/sale
- Auction of promises or a slave auction (get someone to offer to be a slave for the day or your manager to make coffee for the department for the week. Colleagues can bid for their services)
- Baby competition ask colleagues or friends to bring in baby photos of themselves. People pay to guess who’s who, great fun and prizes for the winners
- Bring and buy – at work, garden, community centre
- Bag pack get a group together to bag pack at your local shopping centre. Don’t forget a garda permit and permission from the shopping centre (we can help with this)
- Car boot sale
- Churchgate collection don’t forget to get permission from the priest and organise a Garda permit (we can help with this)
- Company contacts ask your suppliers for sponsorship, gift donations (get permission)
- Coffee morning, cake sale ask a local cookery class or school to help
- Dress down for the day. Pay for the privilege
- Diet you, friends and colleagues – €1 per pound
- Drink get sponsored to give up alcohol
- DJ do you, your children or friends know one? Ask them to do the music for your event
- Email invites and reminders to friends, their friends’ friends
- Ever ready keep your eyes open to opportunities and keep your sponsorship form handy (if appropriate)
- Fashion show
- Fancy dress party or day
- Fetes and fairs have a stall
- Fine box for colleagues’ swearing or lateness
- Football kit day at work. Pay to wear one
- Golf Day – tee-off for charity
- Guess the number e.g. balloons in a car, sweets in a jar etc.
- Games: monopoly, chess tournament, team trivial pursuit, scrabble pay to enter, donated prizes
- Hobbies what hobbies can help you raise money; sport, walking, cycling, art and craft, aromatherapy, massage etc.
- Horse racing & dogs sweepstake at work
- Ink write to everyone you possibly can and ask for a donation
- Karaoke evening (pay not to sing perhaps)
- Kick-off 5-a-side tournament work, pubs
- Line dancing evening
- Lunch-less set a date for all your colleagues to bring in a packed lunch and donate the money they would have spent
- Matched donation from your company
- Murder mystery party
- Neighbours Offer to wash their windows, mow the lawn or throw a street party (if it’s big and in the street, get council authorisation). Charge admission.
- Organise events within events why not hold a raffle at your party or an auction at your sports tournament?
- Party 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s beach, Easter, out of season Christmas, or no theme just for fun!
- Pub crawl (fancy dress or three legged)
- Quiz night organise one, ask your local pubs to give you a percentage of the takings
- Quiet time get a local youth group to do a sponsored silence
- Raffle get local businesses to donate prizes
- Races Three-legged, egg and spoon, relay
- Services ask a hairdresser, beautician, masseur, tarot reader friend to come to your event and donate their proceeds or a day’s tips
- Sponsored activities you and friends can walk, swim, dance, fast, bungee jump etc.
- Shave off your beard or someone else’s (and get people to sponsor you)
- Street party
- Smoking sponsored abstinence, or/and donate the money you save
- Treasure Hunt
- Twenty-four-hour marathon: darts, stay awake or dancing. Sponsored or have a team competition
- Tail pin the tail on the donkey. Pay to play, donated prizes
- Tin collection tin or bucket to take to events: (make sure you get permission); contact us for details
- Unwanted and unused gifts ask friends and family, colleagues: use for prizes or car boot sale.
- Valet service: offer to clean cars inside and out for all your family, friends and colleagues
- Website ask work if you can have a bit of space
- Wine and cheese party homemade wine, prizes and cheese donated. Guess the wine’s country game. Charge admission and for entering games
- Waltz big band night (use old-time records if can’t find a band) dinner-dance, admission fee
- X-ercise – get your local gym to organise a work-out-a-thon
- X-factor competition
- Young and old organise a big family reunion for all ages. Ask for donations, they’re bound to vie with each other over who gives you the most!
- Zest and zeal essential if you are going to make the best of your fundraising. Your challenge is demanding and exciting and your fundraising will make a real difference to people’s lives. You should feel proud that you’re doing it.