Fundraising isn’t meant to be hard. And, with these great ideas to get your creative juices flowing, the sky’s the limit! Don’t forget, you can always team up with a few fellow runners and organise a function together!

Cake stalls:  Why not put a note out to your child’s class or pre-school asking parents to contribute some homemade cakes/biscuits for you to sell at your cake stall.  You’ll be amazed at how much you can raise. 

Did you know?  Last year Caoimhe Connelly, Colleen Nisbet and Lisa Springer raised $900 through a cake stall at Bunnerong Gym. (Don’t forget to get permission from the venue where you’d like to hold the stall.)

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Homemade lemonade stall: What a great way to catch thirsty walkers or fitness fanatics.

Did you know? Jo Davison, the amazing founder of The Cougars, her friends and their kids’ annual lemonade stall on the Coogee to Bronte coastal walk is now becoming famous! They’ve also been spotted at Queens Park on a Sunday, too.

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Bunnings/Mitre 10 BBQs: A tried and tested, fantastic way to raise $$  

Did you know? At Bunnings you need to provide your own food/drinks, but why not ask your local butcher to donate the sausages, and get Coles and Woollies to give you vouchers for other supplies if you let them know what you’re doing. 

A fundraising party: Everyone loves an excuse to party – how about a trivia or karaoke night, or a dinner party, cocktail party or BBQ where your guests pay an entrance fee. And remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. To cut down on costs why not see if local businesses will donate their services to you for free? 

Did you know? Our speed dating night is on 30 March – spot ares still available!  And we’ve got a kids’ disco coming up in April – details to follow.

Rally your workmates:  Whether you work with die hard runners or couch potatoes, rally your workmates into action.

Did you know? Mel Pelosi's students at Reddam House did a walk-a-thon in Centennial Park and raised an astounding $5000!! 

Raise some $$ while profiling your business skills: How about donating a portion of your week or month’s earnings to our team and raise the profile of your business while you do.

Did you know? Varsha Mistry raised $1,200 by donating one week's earnings of her home cooked Indian curry business, The Mistry Kitchen, http://www.mistrykitchen.com/  

Charity Wax/Shave: We all know that less is more, so why not wax or shave it off and give your friends/colleagues an incentive to sponsor you!  

Did you know? Yury Glikin has convinced his colleagues to donate $500 when he waxes his chest! (Stay tuned for the pics!) As a bonus, he’s letting them pull off a wax strip for an extra $20!!

A charity bowls/golf day/tennis tournament: Come on all you sports fiends – here’s the best excuse to take that day off, guilt-free! 

Did you know?  At least 20 people have scored two "holes-in-one" in a row. Why not make history as the first RFPB team member to do it too!

eBay auctions: Feel the need for an Autumn clean? Do you or your company have something you’d like to pass on in a charity auction?  

Did you know? Elise Deayton from The Royal Foundation is selling donated items through eBay’s charity section.  If you’d like her to auction something, send me the details and we’ll sell it for you!  All proceeds will go to your Everyday Hero personal fundraising page!

Ask your friends to sponsor you: We say it every year, and every year it’s true. You’ll be amazed at the generosity of friends and family when you tell them what you’re doing and why. Most are in awe of your determination to run the distance and very happy to support a good cause. Of course, the bonus is, their donations are tax deductible.

Did you know? When asking for donations, remind your friends that RFPB has no admin costs. This means that 100% of their donation will help to fund a Senior Research Doctor at The Royal to conduct vital research into prematurity.  

Make use of a very generous offer: If you’re struggling for space or shelter for your fundraiser, we’ve got great news for you.

Did you know? We’ve been offered the use of a marquee from Bedouin Tents for free. (www.bedouintents.com.au/) Just email me if you’d like to take up this generous offer.

And lastly, a very useful tip:

Whichever fundraiser hits the spot for you, don’t forget: Wear your team kit and display some of our posters/flyers.

You never know, you may even recruit some new runners and raise funds!

If you have other fundraising ideas, we’d love to you to share them with us in the comments box below. 

Happy fundraising ……

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