The NZBCF is continuously surprised by all the support we receive from our community fundraisers around New Zealand. In the past year we’ve heard about so many wonderful and amazing events including Pink Ribbon Breakfasts, dinners, parties, walking events, bake sales, car shows, head shaves and even burpee miles! The list goes on.
Below are some of the success stories we just had to share. We hope you find some inspiration and a few tips from these and if you too would like to become a community fundraiser please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 902 732.
'My fundraiser was my focus.'
I was diagnosed at the age of 45 after my first 'birthday' mammogram. It was a devastating blow as it is for all women I'm sure.
The process from mammogram to biopsies, to operation and reconstruction took an amazingly short space of time. It was a guided roller coaster and I couldn't get off.
It was during Chemotherapy that I decided to raise some funds for the NZBCF, I needed a distraction from the cards I had been dealt and wanted to give something back for being given a chance of survival.
Had I stayed in my native Scotland where the screening program still remains at 50 years it would have been a very different outcome.
My original idea of a few people in the garden for a party was soon discarded when I couldn't decide on which friend helped me more than the other - so we searched for a sympathetic venue which held the estimated 300 guests comfortably.
I own a mobile coffee business with a diverse group of customers, my occupation certainly helped with not only my recovery but when it came to enlisting help - I realised I couldn't do it on my own so took a cross section of my friends and held a brainstorming session. This is where pulling power of others, their contacts and skills came to the fore. I had around a dozen women who dedicated all their energy into helping my event be a success, but with that the event snowballed and became a truly amazing night.
The sit down dinner and drinks was nearly completely sponsored, my daughter’s friends served each table whilst 3 of my friends cooked and we had live entertainment from a pipe band and gypsy guitarists, whilst everyone ate.
Fundraising was huge; we approached so many companies with "my story" and couldn't believe the generosity and compassion that was returned.
We had several ways of letting people spend money on the night which was made easier by an Eftpos company providing mobile machines on the night and connecting it straight to the bank account with credit facilities.
A traditional raffle was split into four categories Male/ Female/ Kids/ Family there were 16 prizes in each category.
Our Auction was impressive with 26 items varying in value from around $100/$200 to a package worth $2500 - local tourist/accommodation providers, furniture producers, clothing and whisky's sent over from Scotland were all included. We had an auctioneer from Harcourt’s real estate - he was invaluable.
Our success of the night though was the idea of "Behind the Boob" humour and simplicity....200 gifts in boxes hidden behind screens - 200 'BOOBS' numbered and stuck on the screens - hand over $5, pick a number and get the gift, again the range was from a chocolate fish to a Swanndri $250 voucher with everything in between......I should have made them $10 a go and limited them to one person each - it was a hit and I would be delighted to share this idea with anyone further!
My dinner was a gift to the people who supported me over a terrible period of nine months, so therefore I didn't charge anyone for coming. We probably could have raised more on the night however my reasoning was based on friendship first and foremost - that's what pulled me through.
We did however raise a sum just short of $22,500 for the NZBCF which gave me huge pride in the people that took my journey with me and held my hand.