10 January 2019

Ten great ideas to try out in 2019: Get involved and make a difference

Eliminating orphanages needs courage, commitment, and you. Every penny you raise will help transform children’s lives. We want you to feel equipped with all the information you need to support us in whatever way you choose, so we hope this blog will give you lots of ideas of how you can get involved. The chance to help children grow up in families, not orphanages, is in your hands. Literally.

1. Complete a sponsored silence

One of the easiest things you can do (or the hardest, for some people) is to get yourself sponsored to keep quiet for a day. Do this as an individual or as a team. Ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you per hour, or for the whole day if you can. Help us to spread the word that orphanages are unacceptable places to bring up children by ending your sponsored silence with as much noise as possible!

2. Pledge your birthday

Got a special birthday coming up but already have all the things you could ever need? Why not ask friends and family to give a child the gift of a family this year, by making a donation to Hope and Homes for Children instead of buying you a gift.

3. Host a quizzine

Ask friends and colleagues to each host a dinner party and try to organise as many simultaneous parties as you can on one night. Select a central Quiz Master (this could be you), and send each party the same list of 20 quiz questions. Give each party one hour to answer the questions and return them to the Quiz Master. After everyone is sufficiently fed and watered, the Quiz Master will announce the winner and will deliver a prize to the team (a bottle of bubbly works wonders).

4. Open your garden

If you have a beautiful garden or a house with a colourful history, why not open your garden and home to the public for an entry fee? It’s a great way to meet the neighbours and show off all your hard work. With your kitchen close by you might even look to offer refreshments to raise a few extra pounds on the day.

5. Dress loudly

Think Jon Snow’s ties and socks on Channel 4 News! Get sponsored to wear the most outlandish and loud items of clothing for a day, such as a decorative jumper or a playful tie. The louder the better, as this will not only draw attention, but will also ensure that friends and colleagues sponsor you.

6. Get baking

In the words of the Great British Bake Off, “Ready, steady, bake!” Bake sales are still one of the best and easiest ways to fundraise. There’s no limit to what you make or when you sell them, whether you run the sale at work, school or at home. Be sure to cater for a few specialist diets to maximise sales. Oh, and don’t forget to lick the spoon!

7. Share your green fingers

Put your green fingers to good use and create a pop-up plant sale. Sell your plants outside your home with an honesty box to collect donations, or take them to a car boot sale or village fête. Why not also create decorative pots and sell indoor plants to your colleagues to brighten up the office?

8. Host a curry quiz

Host a quiz night at home or at your local pub and provide a curry meal for all to enjoy. Charge a fee to eat/play and donate the profits. You could even run a raffle on the night using items donated by local businesses to raise additional funds. If curry is not for you, try pizza or a chilli dish!

9. Run a sweepstake

Maybe you’re about to take part in a race and are looking to fundraise fast? A sweepstake could be the perfect way to raise money. Ask your friends and colleagues to pay a small fee to guess your finishing time and offer a prize to the winner. Not taking part in a race? Well, why not run a sweepstake to guess “how many sweets in the jar?”, and offer the sweets as a prize to the closest guess.

10. Get your workplace involved

Whether you’ll be raising money in the office or outside of work, ask your employer about matched giving. Many of our fundraisers have doubled the amount they’ve raised with their employer matching their fundraising, so don’t be afraid to ask.

We Can Help! Request Fundraising Materials

Our fundraisers are our family; full of energy and ideas: get in touch with us to share your amazing fundraising ideas! We’d love to hear from you!

We have a range of materials that could help you with your fundraising, including sponsorship forms, balloons, home collection tins, posters, information flyers and T-shirts. Do get in touch if there is anything we can send you to assist with your fundraising.

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Thank you!

Thank you for choosing to raise funds for Hope and Homes for Children. By supporting us, you will be helping us to fulfil our vision of a world in which children no longer suffer institutional care.