Fundraising for charity should be fun as well as worthwhile. But it can be a little tricky to come up with new and exciting ways to raise money. Whilst we all love cake (and believe me I do), I think I can safely say we are all fed up of charity cake sales and dress down Fridays.
Our friends at Jacamo are currently raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity on a mission to stop men dying from prostate cancer over the next 10 years. It’s a scary fact that prostate cancer is currently the most common cancer in men, accounting for 25% of all cancer diagnoses. By 2030, prostate cancer is set to become the most common cancer overall in the UK.
There are loads of ways you can get involved. Prostate Cancer has lots of events taking place around the country, including marches, matches and raffles. If that sounds a bit exhausting, Jacamo has a great selection of charity t-shirts on sale (more details about that below). Or you can of course organise your own fundraising event… introducing 5 super fun fundraising ideas with a difference.
1. Charity Lego build-off
This is definitely a fundraising idea where you won’t be short of willing participants. After all, who doesn’t want an excuse to play with those colourful building bricks of fun?
All you have to do is get hold of some Lego and budding builders, collect donation money to take part, set the timer for an hour and away you go. Whoever makes the most impressive structure in that time wins. The prize of course, it up to you.
2. Become a charitable ‘Yes Man’
There are times when we could all do with being a bit more positive. So why not challenge yourself to say yes for a day to every opportunity that comes your way?
There is a risky side to this one – you have to tell people what you are doing beforehand, so therefore opening yourself up for some interesting requests. If you don’t fancy setting yourself up completely, let people know it’s happening within a period of time or give a date several weeks into the future hoping people forget. Either way it will be great fun for all concerned!
Want to see how it’s done? Check out this Yes Man trailer.
3. Eat M&Ms in the name of charity
Yes, this is as delicious as it sounds. Make history, as well as money by beating the Guinness World Record for eating as many M&Ms as possible within one minute, whilst blindfolded and using chopsticks. The current record is 20, held by Ashrita Furman in the States, which doesn’t seem too out of reach – plus you get to do a lot of practice M&M munching!
If you’re in training ahead of the challenge, here’s Kathryn Ratcliffe setting a new world record for eating the most M&Ms, minus the blindfold, in 2011.
Don’t fancy this one? Try carving pumpkins, extracting grace juice or growing a ridiculously heavy cabbage. Alternatively put together a record breaking team, as the more people you have taking part, the more sponsors you can reach.
4. Raise smiles, as well as money
Imagine what would happen if you let people take over your Twitter or Instagram account for the day. If that’s a thought that makes you want to hide your phone, it’s more than likely there will be people who are prepared to pay to do it.
If as a social superstar this isn’t something you could possibly entertain, why not offer your services the other way round. In exchange for a donation, takeover the accounts of people who are in need of a social kick start, or just fancy a new perspective.
5. Hot wings charity challenge
Warning: this is not for the faint hearted. Some of you may already be aware of Hot Ones – ‘the show with hot questions and even hotter wings’ – if not, get on it! Basically celebrities are given 10 chicken wings, each coated in a hot sauce of increasing Scoville scale hottness. Needless to say the answers get a little more challenging to answer as the wings continue. This effort from Mac DeMarco is a real treat!
Think you can handle it? You can use any food that lends itself well to a bit of spice, then all you need is willing participants. Get it viral by setting the challenge on Facebook, and get people to video the results. Charge an entry fee, and if you’re feeling really devilish, a suggested donation for anyone who doesn’t complete the challenge.
Not enough time to raise money?
You can still support Prostate Cancer UK without giving up your time, by merely purchasing a rather fine charity t-shirt at Jacamo for £15 (the models are worth a peek too). 100% of the profit is donated to Prostate Cancer UK, and Jacamo has pledged not to stop until they raise a whopping £15,000.