Chevron City to Surf for Activ is the Activ Foundation’s biggest fun-raising event for the year. But if there’s a charity that’s close to your heart, you can choose to raise funds for your favourite charity in the lead up to the event instead.
The fun-raising for 2019 is off to a flying start – with so many amazing causes and passionate fun-raisers getting involved.
We contacted our leading fun-raiser – Daniel Rogers from Ringfit Training Centre – for a quick Q&A. He’s raising money for Australian Suicide Prevention – Hold On To Life. Daniel is close to the $3000 mark with an overall goal of raising $10,000!
We wanted to find out about what makes the event and the cause so important to him and to get some insight into how he goes about fun-raising:
What distance are you running at the Chevron City to Surf for Activ?
42km (the marathon)
Are you going to be running, walking or desperately looking for a shortcut?
Running (nothing less!)
How many times have you participated in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ?
This is my first time!
Can you tell us why you chose to raise money for Australian Suicide Prevention – Hold Onto Life?
I am raising money for a very special cause… A friend and beautiful young girl (just 19) took her life recently. This shocked me and many others as we DID NOT see it coming whatsoever. She was loved, popular, seemingly happy, and had the world at her feet…. This showed me that suicide can affect anyone.
Your fundraising campaign is off to a great start – any tips?
Posting weekly updates and pics of my run stats on social media with links to my fundraising campaign is working really well so far.
Dob in a friend that is coming up with ALL the excuses as to why they aren’t joining you on the run!
I’d like to dob in Jason Greenslade (he did this Chevron City to Surf for Activ full marathon last year), due to all his big talk!
Click here to check out Dan’s fundraising page.
Ready to Fun-Raise?
Ready to get fun-raising for your favourite charity? If you haven’t already, you need to follow these steps:
- Register to run your chosen Chevron City to Surf distance.
- Choose your charity (remember, you can score free entry to the event by fun-raising $500 for Activ).
- Create your own fundraising page for Activ or a cause close to your heart.
Our Top Fun-Raising Tips
Once you’re set up, all that’s left to do is start collecting donations. Combining Daniels tips with Magdalena’s tips is a great way to increase the number of donations coming in. You can also do the following 5 things to help with your fun-raising efforts:
Make your target visible on your fundraising page
Having an aspirational target on your fundraising page will let your donors know that you mean business. Everyone loves helping someone else achieve their goals, so letting your donors know how far you have to go may inspire them to donate more!
Form a team
If you’re participating in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ, you likely enjoy a spirited competition here and there. Forming a team to fundraise for the event will encourage a bit of friendly competition, while also helping you reach your goals faster! It’s a win-win.
Send thank you notes
Daniel has done a great job commenting on each and every one of his donors posts and thanking them. It’s a small gesture that goes a long way!
Don’t be afraid to follow up
Life happens, especially when you’re training for a big event like the Chevron City to Surf for Activ. Something might have come up in your potential donors lives too and donating may have slipped their mind. Don’t be afraid to send a gentle reminder to those who are yet to donate.
Get companies involved
Companies can be surprisingly generous when it comes to local events. It might take ironing their logo onto your shirt or mentioning them on your site, but companies can be more easily persuaded to donate to your cause than you might think. Don’t be fearful of reaching out to local companies – particularly those owned by people you might know. The worst they can do is say no, so there’s really nothing to lose.
All that’s left now is for you to put this knowledge into practice. Go on!