A Quiz Night is great way to raise money for a good cause - and great fun too!
Ideas for raising funds
Before any fundraising event it is important to publicise to friends and family
why you want to raise money and what it will go towards. You could do this
An information sheet
An informative Email
Often you can get these advertised or handed out in your church, clubs or
other social events.
Suggested main points to include
Include a simple introduction like this:
In (month/year i.e. January 2018) I will travelling to Tanzania with the Charity Go Make A Difference in Tanzania (Go MAD). I will work in the town of Musoma and will be serving in rural villages for (2,3,4) weeks/months, during which I will be:
Constructing small building projects such as Ferro-cement water tanks, pit latrine toilets, goat sheds and other building projects for communities
Teaching basic health education and sanitation to schools and village members
Delivering first aid, do weekly hospital runs, care for the sick and get involved in community health awareness days.
Helping in a local orphanage
Helping to run various education initiatives supporting underachieving pupils
Assisting at Go MAD’s irrigation project which helps farmers in the rural villages
TIPS ON RAISING MONEY
Sponsored walk, jog, cycle, swim etc.
Select a route to walk/run etc. It could be anything from 1 – 100 miles
depending on how fit you are feeling! Get some friends to help you and keep
you company. Use the Go MAD sponsorship form and ask people to sponsor
you an amount for the challenge you have set yourself. You could make it
Sponsored three-legged walk
Cycle to and from significant places
A sponsored walk along part of the coast
A night time walk
The more interesting you make it the more people will think about it and
remember to sponsor you.
Smaller events for your friends
Hold a games night at your house and invite people to join you for a meal.
Again you could ask friends to help you prepare and cook for the meal. Then
you could suggest guests make a donation towards your trip for taking part.
You could host a Murder Mystery evening, you can buy these games online for
12-15 people, guests might find it fun to get dressed up and act as a particular
You could see if it’s possible to hold a café at your church, maybe after a
Sunday service or one weekday/weekend evening. You could sell cakes/
treats and craft, play a little music and ask for a donation from attendees
which will go towards your trip. Serve tea, coffee and hot chocolate too.
Find a venue i.e. village hall, church hall or even your living room. Gather a
few people to make some desserts, you could even use fairly traded
ingredients where possible to demonstrate your heart for the poor, and
advertise amongst your church, friends and family. Simply ask for donations
upon arrival, then everyone can enjoy their chocolate gateaux, Tiramisu and
apple crumble together.
Auction of Promises
Mark a weekend free in your diary, and then the weekend before hold an
Auction of Promises selling yourself and your friends’ specific
talents! You could offer to help with various different jobs during your free
weekend – let the highest bidder decide your duties!
Cleaning their homes
Making them dinner or desserts all week
Sorting their filing!
Events and Social Evenings
If you are able to rent a village hall or open up your home for an evening,
then you could organise a fun event which people could buy tickets for. You
will need to advertise this well so you get as many people attending as
possible. So if you or someone you know has a specific talent which could
draw a crowd then use it to entertain some guests, for example:
A band (jazz, classical, soft rock, etc.)
Talent show or drama show
Dance lessons, e.g. a salsa evening
You could also include a meal or some sort of refreshments. Just make sure
you don’t spend more money on the event than you will make from it.
As well as making money from your fundraising events you could schedule in
a time where you can present your trip and ask for support and donations.
This makes it a very personal appeal where you can show passion and
excitement about all the projects you can be involved in while you’re in
Also, make a donations box, or an information stand about your trip, stating
why you are raising money.
Good luck! Please contact us if you want further help. And we are happy to come and speak at your event if you'd like us to.