You have decided to support MSF taking up the solidarity challenge by being part of next ING Night marathon and by fundraising for MSF. Thank you!
To help you to reach your objective, please find here below some useful information and hints
Organising a charity event can be great fun. All you need is a little motivation, a good idea and it's in the bag! You could organise a cocktail evening, a raffle or a simple cake sale at work. Tell participants why you've signed up to the MSF solidarity challenge and why you're supporting MSF’s work.
Party for a good cause: Invite all your friends to your party, warn the neighbours, mix some cocktails and then sell them at 3€ a glass. Put on some music and you're off! If you invite 10 people who have, on average, 5 drinks each, then you'll make 150€ and have a really good night! Birthday, barbecue party, a walking dinner, a board games party, a blind test… there are many ways to party.
Happy Birthday! Ask people to make a donation instead of buying you a birthday present.
Artists with a cause: Do like Lilibeth Barthel (www.lilibeth-barthel.lu), painter, sell your creations thanks to an exhibition. You can Organise an exhibition, invite your family, friends and acquaintances and sell you work to raise money for your solidarity challenge. Are you a musician, comedian, dancer or video-maker? How about organising a concert, show or film viewing? A simple way to boost your fundraising tally.
Jumble sale: Gather together all the clothes, shoes and accessories that you do not want any more, assign them a price and invite your friends and neighbours round. You'll have a great time, while raising funds to pay for your solidarity challenge! You could also websites to sell on your clothes online.
Organize a cake and drink sale: Don't forget the more traditional fundraising ideas – they are very much tried and tested! Make some cakes and sell slices to your colleagues. Put a donation box next to the cakes so everyone can just help themselves.
Organize sport tournament for you and your colleagues: set a date and a place, send out invites to your colleagues and organise a sports tournament. It's easy and people enjoy getting together for this type of event, especially if it's for a good cause. Get people to pay a small fee to enter, buy a small prize for the winner and you're all set!
Ask your family and friends to become your sponsors: let’s say 1km ran is 1€ for the solidarity challenge.
1. Be creative and dare to come up with original event ideas.
2. Give an activity you already do a lucrative spin.
3. Set a budget, a plan of action and stick to it!
4. Know your subject to be able to answer questions from your supporters. Keep up-to-date with MSF news by visiting our website or our Facebook page.
5. Do not be nervous about asking for money. You are supporting a brilliant cause and taking part in a great challenge. You have every right to be proud!
6. Do not overstretch yourself by organising overly ambitious events which take up lots of time and effort for just a few euros.
7. Be enthusiastic and keep up your morale. Do not be discouraged if someone says no. Not everyone is responsive, simply try someone else.
8. Be sure to thank every single person who supports you, emotionally or financially. Even if it's just a quick email, it is always appreciated. And be sure to tell them how your epic challenge went when you get back.
Above all, have fun. It's the best way to encourage people to support you.