This is it, my fundraising campaign for Free the Children officially came to an end on Tuesday. I had so much fun raising the money, but hey- I guess that’s why they call it FUN-draising… (I know my jokes are corny.)
I had never taken on an initiative like this before and I am so glad that it was a pageant requirement. In addition to how wonderful it feels to give back to the community, there is so much more to gain from fundraising!
What did I gain? A ton of fundraising experience and a big lesson!
To begin, my original fundraising goal was $20,000. Clearly, I did not realize how much money that actually was and I set my bar a little too high. It is great to aim high and dream big, but I learned it is best to stay realistic when it comes to a monetary goal! I finished my fundraising with an exact total of $3000! I am very proud and owe it to my friends and family who helped support me throughout these long 6 weeks.
Throughout my six weeks, I hosted one danceathon, 2 garage sales, I rented a table at a seniors home yard sale, held an online sale over Facebook, partnered with Stella & Dot for a percentage of their sales, held a raffle at school for WWE tickets, set up a webpage for online donations, had a family BBQ party and lastly, a car wash! Not to mention I received donations from several friends and family members as well. It was a lot of work planning events, signing up for permits, finding volunteers, setting up yard sales, but it was well worth it and my organization skills have never been stronger!
I had originally planned to teach dance at schools for a few weeks and received support and coverage from the TDSB website! Sadly, after contacting many schools, I realized the interest was very low.
However, as my fundraising has come to an end it is time to focus my energy elsewhere… my talent! I am getting very excited to perform on talent night and thankfully my aunt Jasmine has an awesome basement for me to practice in. Actually, I think I hear music playing now… Stay tuned & thanks for reading!