Are You Ready to Fund Raise?
According to Breast Cancer Care almost 55,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year, which boils down to one person every 10 minutes. If you want to do your bit to help, fundraising is a great option.
But, don’t let yourself get stuck on the same old ideas. Get people involved when you try these money-makers on for size:
- Use your talents: Get together with crafty friends and turn out a saleable selection of small goods: socks, pot holders, beaded earrings, bracelets, coasters, pen holders and bud vases in shades of pink are all good ideas that won’t take long for a skilled group to assemble.
- Get guys interested: Throw a men’s pink fashion show. Send them down the runway with everything from blush-colored ties to fuchsia suits and rosy shoes.
- Have your pets help: Races and walk-a-thons are common fundraisers, but why not put the focus on people’s pets? Raise money via the entry fee for every strutting schnauzer or fast feline.
- Food always works: Sell tickets for a wine and cheese tasting or a chocoholic’s night, where local chefs bring samples of their best chocolate treats for attendees to try.
- Dinner and dancing go a long way: There’s nothing wrong with throwing a breast cancer awareness bash with food, drink, interesting speakers, door prizes and a nicely-sized dance floor.
Once you’ve decided on an event, make sure to let your prospective guests know which breast cancer cause they’ll be helping. Here’s a sampling of UK organizations fighting the good fight:
- CoppaFeel is “on a mission to stamp out late detection.”
- Wear It Pink raises over £2 million every October.
- Breast Cancer Campaign is “a unique community of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer.”
- The Pink Ribbon Foundation funds charities that help people affected by breast cancer and those that “advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.”
- Against Breast Cancer works for “a future free of breast cancer.”
- Breakthrough Breast Cancer is “determined to stop breast cancer for good.”
- The Lavender Trust funds information and support for younger women.
- Boot Out Breast Cancer has raised over £300,000 for equipment at breast cancer units.
- The Haven is a series of free support centres for patients, survivors, friends and family members of those with breast cancer.