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Thank you for rising to the challenge to benefit people with cancer and their loved ones.
ARC Cancer Support Centres relies on the continued generosity of public, corporate benefactors, trusts and foundations to provide our services free of charge. In 2018, we were 83% funded by the public, meaning we rely predominantly on fundraising endeavours.
By organising your own fundraising event it enables you to support men and women affected by cancer. The ARC Fundraising team will be there every step of the way to help you with your event. We'll give you ideas about events you can organise, guidelines on how to register, and resources to help make your event a success. From Auctions to Zumbathons, we’d love to hear about what you have planned.
Planning Your Event
Start by deciding on your event. Whether your event idea is big or small, at home, for at work, school or in your community, it's up to you. Make it something fun that you would take part in yourself. Depending on the size of the event, you may want to form an organising committee to share the workload.
Have a think about what you need to make your event a success. Some questions to get you started might be:
- Who will come / who will I involve?
- Where will it be? And when?
- How can I raise extra money?
- Where should I promote it?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of fundraising ideas, or come to us with your own ideas as they are often the best! If you need any help to set up your fundraising event, please get in touch. Our fundraising team would be more than happy to help in any way they can.
Promote Your Event
The more, the merrier. So why not tell as many people as possible about your plans? Think about who you can involve in your planning and the event itself too: many hands make light work. You can get in touch with your friends, colleagues, the press and your local community.
A wonderful way to spread the word is on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Why not get the conversation going by holding competitions, or offering special deals for your followers? You can also use social media to keep people posted, share photos of your progress and generally boost the excitement about your event.
Help local media to tell your story
You can't go wrong with promoting your fundraising activity through local media. You might wish to get in touch with news desks at local newspapers or try to get the local radio and television stations interested in your event. You could also invite the local press to attend your event on the day if appropriate – send an invitation two weeks in advance. Include an invite for one of their photographers to come along too.
Not sure where to start? Or prefer to stay out of the limelight? Get in touch with the Fundraising Support Centre for help and advice.
Spread the word at work, school and among your friends
Don’t forget your email contacts and internal websites, newsletters or noticeboards. Your friends, colleagues and employers will often be keen to hear your news, see pictures and follow your progress.
Good luck and here's wishing you lots of great coverage for your event.
Don't forget to thank everyone who contributed to your event, and tell them how much you raised.
This could be anyone from those who donated raffle prizes, your sponsors, people who attended, and those who couldn’t but sent a contribution anyway. They will want to know how you’ve done, and following up afterwards will also make it easier if you ask for their help again. If you decide to do another event next year, for example.
Most of all, please give yourself a very big pat on the back and accept our grateful thanks. ARC simply could not do what we do for people affected by cancer without people like you.
We will be delighted to issue you with a certificate of appreciation and an official thank you.