This is the third in our series of our free school fundraising tips for running a School walk-a-thon and a School Fun Run. We hope they are all useful to you.
A school walk-a-thon or a school fun run is a great fundraising event for several reasons. Firstly, they are a good way to promote health and fitness and provide a great benefit to your school or club. It’s a good profit fundraising idea.
While there are many fundraising activities to choose from, school walk-a-thons and school fun runs are among the best and most fun. They’re not as hard to organise as you might think. They are highly-profitable and easy to organise. Years ago, participants would pay on a per km basis when joining walk-a-thon and fun run activities. But these days, things have changed when it comes to how the money in a walk-a-thon or fun run activity is raised.
A school walk-a-thon or school fun run is a great fundraising event for several reasons. Firstly, they are a good way to promote health and fitness. There’s often also a bit of friendly competition among the participants. Organising a walk-a-thon or fun run is also a rewarding experience for everyone. Remember they also are very profitable for your school or sports club.
How are the funds raised in a walk-a-thon or fun run? The participants raise funds by collecting money upfront as a sponsorship donation. Remember school walk-a-thon or school fun run fundraising events were done differently years ago. People would pay $/c per lap or kilometre so that the finalization for the event usually extended to 8 or 10 weeks! Exhausting for everyone concerned! By the students collecting their sponsorships up front, all monies are collected by the organiser prior to the event date. Today most fun runs are the school cross country or a walk-a-thon and are done around the school oval. There are also other activities that are part of the walk-a-thon or fun run event to make the event enjoyable and memorable for all, and also to help participants become motivated throughout the event.
Walk-a-thons and fun runs are effective fundraisers because they are very profitable for both schools and clubs. In fact, when you look at the programs of Australian School and Club Fundraising Specialists (AFR), you can get a 70% profit from a walk-a-thon or fun run. So that means if you want to raise a certain amount of money perhaps to refit a new library, build a new playground, or expand a school building, you may want to take a look at how to plan a walk-a-thon or fun run for your school. Apart from the fact that they are highly profitable, they are also a good way to encourage parents, students and teachers to be physically active.
Walk-a-thons vs. Fun Runs
If you’re wondering how a school walk-a-thon is different to a school fun run, well they’re very similar. The main difference is as their names suggest. A walk-a-thon involves walking around the school oval or some other course. Fun runs on the other hand involve running e.g. the school cross country. Both are excellent fundraisers. If you’d like to know which one is better for your school or club, it will depend on how the event is planned and the ideas and thoughts of the planners. From an organization’s point of view, it would be a lot easier to organise a fundraising event in line with the schools cross country than another completely separate event.
How School Walk-a-thons and School Fun Runs Work
Basically, a walk-a-thon or fun run work the same way at raising money. Both walk-a-thons and fun runs involve sponsorship. Each participant or supporter will give a certain monetary donation to support the student. It will be a lump sum donation for the participant to complete the entire course. Of course location will dictate timing. It’s very important to select a date when the weather is usually good.
Walk-a-thons and fun runs are great fundraisers and often very effective in getting many students to participate as they are perfect for all ages. It’s an interesting activity where students, teachers, club members, and parents can bond through a common goal. Many schools in Australia have started their own walk-a-thon and fun run fundraising events and it’s an interesting event that you can organise for your school. Don’t forget sports clubs (kick-a-thon) and child care centres (obstacle-a-thon) can organise the same events – it’s a chance for everyone to help their club and get a little more fit at the same time.
Organising fundraising activities like walk-a-thons and fun runs may sound difficult but they’re not. Once you’ve planned and run your first one (especially with the help of Australian School & Club Fundraising), like other schools, you’ll run them year after year with AFR.
They also offer various other fundraising programs. They have been running a family owned and operated business since 1995. They are one of the most experienced fundraising businesses in Australia. They’re a recognised, nationwide family owned and operated business. Contact them on FREE CALL 1800 657 489 (from a landline) or 07 3279 0140 (from a mobile) and they will answer all of your questions and send information on their fundraising programs. Give them a try – you’ll be happy you did!