Croí is a registered Irish heart charity, which relies on voluntary contributions, philanthropy, fundraising events & public support.
Since our inception in 1985, public support has been outstanding and several million euro has been raised and has helped improve cardiac care in the West of Ireland.
People are working hard to help us fight against heart disease and stroke. From dances to bag packing, jumble sales to golf outings, uniform days to quiz nights, poker nights and coffee mornings, all throughout the West people are organising activities. We would love for you to join them and help save lives by organising your own event or taking part in one of our Croí Challenges.
Your commitment and dedication is really appreciated. Your generosity allows us to fund services such as prevention programmes, life-saving training and hospital developments.
Creativity is the key to successful fundraising - good ideas are good cash generators. Keep the ideas simple and make sure you inform as many people as possible. Feel free to call us to discuss your ideas and ask for support.
Decide what you want to do and how much you want to raise through each activity and at each event. Consider the time and resources available and set yourself a realistic target. It is also advisable to check if any other activities or events are taking place on the same day as your activity.
If possible and appropriate, form a committee to help you with your event, try and make one person the co-ordinator for the event. They will be a point of contact for the participants. Divide the organisation of the activities into sections, eg publicity and posters, selling tickets, staffing and sponsorship. Once people have signed up to join in the event, arrange a meeting with all the people involved, outlining initial tasks to be completed and write an activity timetable and checklist.
Maximise your fundraising
Here are some pointers to help maximise the success of your event:
- Always remember fundraising should be fun, so get creative to attract as many people to take part as possible
- If time is a problem, give your fundraising a regular focus, such as making 4pm every Friday a time for fundraising and planning events
- Add a fundraising element to an event that is already happening ( e.g. mini marathon or local dinner dance etc..)
- Know your talent - speak to people around you and find out what their hobbies and interests are and who they know. This might be helpful in organising guest speakers, events or prizes
- Use local businesses to your advantage. You may be able to organise a collection in a local public place such as a shopping centre or airport. You can also ask a local venue to allow you to use their facilities for free.
Publicising your event and talking to the media:
Publicity can add value to the success of an event. Publicity can help boost the profile of the event for your company, amongst your staff and within the local media.
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