Uplift Events have been proudly supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation through our public events since 2006 and have raised over $170,000 to date.
Why did Uplift Events choose the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation when looking for a charity to support? Sam (co-founder of Uplift Events) said: “When we were first looking for a great cause to support through our public events, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation was the first one nominated without hesitation. Being a parent of two children myself, and also having seen the miracles The Royal Children’s Hospital perform, we could not imagine a better cause to support than for the paediatric care of sick children. To be able to help improve the lives of those most precious to us, and bring smiles to their faces through the funds raised from our events is priceless.”
You can help make a difference to the lives of sick children by jumping onboard with the fundraising efforts through Everyday Hero. Whether you’ve witnessed the miracles performed by the Royal Children’s’ Hospital or are doing it just to support the kids, the Great Amazing Race provides the perfect opportunity to raise some much needed funds for the hospital by getting family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you.
Below are some useful tips to help you get started and maximise your fundraising efforts.
1. Create Your Everyday Hero Page
If you’ve registered for the event, you can now create your very own Everyday Hero fundraising page and email your unique link to family, friends and colleagues to help support the cause by making a donation for the event. Each donation is recorded on your page along with any message of support from your supporters. Click on the link below to get started
2. Make It Personal
Now that you have your very own fundraising page – it’s important to make it personal.
Add a photo of yourself to your Everyday Hero page and explain why you are competing in the Great Amazing Race and raising funds to support the Royal Children’s Hospital. If you have a story to tell about the Royal Children’s Hospital and how they have helped you or a loved one, here is the place to share it.
3. Getting That First Donation
Asking for that first donation can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’ve never done it before. A good starting point is to ask those closest to you (i.e. immediate family and close friends). From there you can then try your work colleagues, extended family and social networks. Don’t forget to contact any groups you may have connections with: former colleagues, old school and university friends, members of sporting clubs, book clubs, your vet, your mechanic, your beautician etc.
Always try and ask your most generous supporters first! Another good way to get the ball rolling is by donating to yourself. This shows others that you are committed to the cause, and will encourage them to match your donation.
4. Promote Yourself!
Use Facebook and social media to share your story and why you are taking part in the Great Amazing Race. Also invite friends, family and colleagues to join you in the event, the more the merrier and we guarantee they will have an absolute blast on the day.
Uplift Events will also be personally donating $100 for every 10 teams that register for the Great Amazing Race. So, the more teams you can get to register, the more money that will be raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
To assist with fundraising efforts, a Chase Stage pass will be awarded (allowing teams to skip a checkpoint on the day of the event) to people who manage to raise $50 through Everyday Hero (cut off Thursday 27th October 2016 at 12pm).
Another great idea to consider is changing your email signature. It is a great way to spread the word subtly through the power of e-mail. Remember to include a hyperlink directly to your fundraising page.
You can download the banner below to use in your e-mail signature, just add a short message and hyperlink to your Everyday Hero page about the event.
5. Host An Event
Another great way to raise funds is to host low-key fundraising events.
We’ve had competitors in the past sell homemade jam and cookies amongst many other things.
Some other ideas may include a BBQ with your friends, a bake sale, a movie night and barefoot bowls where you can charge an entry fee that will go towards your fundraising goal.
6. Set A Target
Set a realistic fundraising target. That way you and your supporters can see how you are progressing. When you reach your target, aim for a new one! The individual who raises the most funds will be publicly recognised in the award presentation at the end of the event!
Remember, all the money raised supports the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. The money raised from our previous events have been able to assist the Royal Children’s Hospital in all different areas, including the purchase of various equipment. Our 2011 Great Amazing Race supported the purchase of a warmer/cooler device for the sophisticated heart-lung machine that takes over the job of a child’s heart and lungs during cardiac surgery. The funds raised from the 2012 and 2013 Great Amazing Race helped the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of the hospital (www.rch.org.au/picu) purchase some oxygen saturation monitors to attach to their life support machines, in particular ECMO.
7. Get Your Company Involved
See if your workplace will be involved in your fundraising efforts. See if they want to register a team for the event and set a company fundraising goal? If they don’t want to fundraise, getting work colleagues to participate in the event is still a bonus.
Also see if your workplace will include something in their weekly newsletter, intranet page or social club meeting. Some companies may offer a donation-matching scheme, where they will match the amount of money an employee raises. This is a great way for companies to support a socially responsible event.
8. Thank Your Supporters
One of the most important steps is to make sure you say thank you to the wonderful people in your life who have supported you. Whether it is a personal story or not, make sure you let your supporters know how much it means to you that they are jumping on board to support you on the Great Amazing Race.
The Royal Children’s Hospital performs miracles every day, and if you are one of those people who has a story to tell, make sure you share it with your supporters when you thank them and how they have made a difference to your life.
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