Fundraising Fever

April 19, 2010 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Selling t-shirts, collecting donations from a hospital bed, organizing penny drives, or dropping off purple toilet on your neighbour’s front lawn (yes, you read that right)…the number of methods you can employ to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital are endless. 

Since I started my internship at the Foundation, I have been inspired by the many creative and fun ways people are raising funds for the Hospital. Just this morning I read an article in the newspaper about a UBC students project Prove Your Potential campaign. The campaign was started by a group of 10 students who took on the challenge of selling 5000 t-shirts within six weeks, each for $10, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign for a much-needed expansion of the Hospital. The campaign aims to engage the community in this important cause while also leading by example to encourage others in the community to live up to their potential. 

Last week I was in the Medical Day Unit of the Hospital interviewing kids for our upcoming Radiothon and met a little girl, Zara, who was raising money from her hospital bed for a new blanket warmer. The blanket warmer has a $5,000 price tag. 

Regardless of the way you choose to donate, it is always greatly appreciated. But an extra “way to go” shout of encouragement goes out to those who take the time to put their own unique spin on fundraising for BC Children’s Hospital. I have been thoroughly impressed! 

Terrace Daily Online article on the "KIDS FOR A CAUSE" Relay for Life team

 

My favourite fundraising idea comes from Terrace, BC, where a team of socially minded, mischievous kids who go by the name Kids for a Cause, place a purple toilet – the “Purple Potty” – on the front lawn of local residents. One of the ring-leaders is in active treatment at BC Children’s Hospital’s oncology program and his Kids for a Cause team is doing this in his honour, with proceeds supporting Cancer Relay for Life. 

The toilet is accompanied by a list of ways their neighbours can have it removed. For $10 it can simply be removed; for $15 you can have it put on a neighbour’s lawn of your choice; and for $25 you can purchase “Potty Insurance” to have the toilet removed permanently from your lawn, never to return again. No one in town is safe – even city councilors have returned home to find the Purple Potty on their front lawns! 

If you are interested in putting together your very own fundraising event there are some great ideas and a guide on getting started at www.bcchf.ca/ice.

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Entry filed under: Foundation, Michael.

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