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Getting involved with community fundraising
Facing challenges is a natural part of life. Whether it be a personal crisis, or a problem faced by a community, people have always had a natural urge to help and support each other.
Community fundraising is one of the many ways people turn the instinctual desire to help into a tangible action that can make a real difference in society. It allows communities to come together as one to raise funds for a cause they are all passionate about.
Getting involved by supporting local charities, NFP organisations or global initiatives makes a profound difference to those who need it and service long-term.
Dave’s fundraising journey
Community fundraising takes many forms. For one man, the opportunity to support OzChild came from the idea to raise funds by having a haircut and shaving his beard.
Dave’s family and friends had been nagging him to lose his wild hair and beard for years. While this may seem like a routine event for some, Dave saw it as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Dave set up a fundraising page on Mycause and started sharing on social media. He also asked his friends and family to support him in his mission to raise money for OzChild.
At first, Dave set a modest fundraising target of $2,000. But as word spread about his campaign, donations started flowing in. Dave’s friends and family were inspired by his commitment and willingness to go the extra mile to support a cause he cared about.
As his fundraising total started rising, Dave knew the time was approaching to follow through on his promise to shave his beard and cut his hair. Although he was a bit nervous about the possibility of losing his signature look, he knew it was worth it because it was for a good cause.
Finally, the day of the big shave arrived, and Dave was greeted by all his family, friends, and supporters who had come to cheer him on at the Langwarrin Soccer Club. As he sat in the chair patiently, he watched his hair and beard slowly transform, disappearing bit by bit until he was almost unrecognisable.
Despite the initial shock of seeing himself without his beloved beard and long hair after so many years, Dave was thrilled with the outcome. He not only managed to get a new look for himself, but also helped raise over $5,000 for OzChild, well exceeding the original fundraising target.
The success of Dave’s fundraising campaign is a testament to the power of community fundraising. By leveraging his personal network and his passion for a cause, Dave was able to motivate people to support the work OzChild does to improve the safety and well-being of at-risk children by building parental capacity and strengthening the family unit through the delivery of programs and services to families in need.
Getting involved with the community
Community fundraising is not just about raising money. It’s about building connections and creating synergy around a shared goal. When people come together to support a cause, they are not only helping to raise money, but they are also building relationships and strengthening their ties to one another.
So, if you believe in giving back, helping local kids and families and want to make a big difference, why not organise a fundraiser at your local school, workplace or sports club?
When people feel connected to a cause and to each other, they are more likely to be motivated to contribute. Making a difference is easier when you do it as a team rather than just by yourself.
“Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Whether it’s a bake sale at your local market, a BBQ bash, a fun run, or even a friendly shave-off, (just like Dave!) you could be a fundraising superstar!
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