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Event fundraising


DAY-TO-DAY FUNDRAISING EVENTS MAKE MEMORABLE SOCIAL OCCASIONS AND PULL YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY TOGETHER


CASE STUDY: DRAGON BOAT RACE SUCCESS


‘Ours is a small school with big plans! The PTA was given the task of raising £50,000 towards rebuilding our old prefabricated Reception/ Year 1 classroom (with the addition of toilets!). The biggest Dragon Boat Festival in Europe


is held only 20 miles away at Bewl Water, so we decided to enter. The venue, boats, safety kit  – we just needed 20 willing volunteers. Lots of emailing, playground coaxing and


newsletter advertising and we had a squad. Our Headteacher was persuaded (by which I mean try stopping her!) to be our drummer. We sought sponsorship individually to


maximise our income, setting up a Virgin Money Giving page each (this made claiming Gift Aid easy). A few dads competed to raise  Organising the event was simple – just


follow the instructions provided by the event organisers, Funraisers (funraisers.org.uk). The day was dull and damp but spirits were


  blur of arms and paddles, and won our opening race, setting the third quickest time of the  With lots of stalls, live music, children’s


play areas, BBQ food and races to watch, the day passed enjoyably. We never surpassed   We raised a staggering £10,800! As the


Boost profits PTAs are eligible


to claim Gift Aid from sponsored events.


For details, and other ideas for boosting profits at events, go to pta.co.uk.


top fundraising team, we also won another £450 from the organisers. We went home with aching shoulders but the event was a success and we felt a real sense of achievement. A few events later and our new Ash Class was opened in January. Now, what will our next fundraising challenge be?’ David Mylroi, PTA Chair, St Lawrence CofE Primary School, Sevenoaks, Kent (89 pupils)


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IMAGE: ©STEVE COLLINS, COURTESY OF FUNRAISERS (FUNRAISERS.ORG.UK)


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