Yesterday, we featured Mick and his fantastic idea to auction his beard for donations to Shake It Up. Today we have another innovative fundraising idea to inspire you in these challenging times – recently, the Clark’s transformed their Pause 4 Parkinson’s Curry Night into a virtual event with takeaway curries available to order and an online stream of their raffle draw with family and friends. If you have the capacity, there are still lots of great ways you can fundraise for Pause 4 Parkinson’s. Check out the Clark’s story below and get involved.
How did you transform your event into an online event?
Once we made the decision to cancel the event, a week out from the date, we created a Facebook event. For the people without Facebook we sent messages informing them of the virtual event.
We purchased 200 takeaway containers and labelled the curries. Orders were taken and held until people could collect from our home, using the separation rules. We also had beautiful homemade Naan bread and sugar coated fennel as a palette cleanser packaged in tiny bags.
To ensure people were aware of the Shake it up Foundation, the FB event contained information and links to ensure awareness of the foundation and the wonderful work that it does for research and fundraising.
Interestingly, many who were unable to attend the original date were now able to make an order and enjoy the curries, as well as support the event. Initially, we were concerned that we would have lots of curry leftover but the opposite was true! We were making additional curries every day for a week. We also received orders from friends’ neighbours and community members whom we didn’t know.
What online platforms and services did you use.
A Facebook event was established outlining the changes and the process of ordering curries and buying raffle tickets. We made regular updates to keep people informed. A spreadsheet was created as an order form to allow us to track orders and who had paid. We also made contact via phone for those without a Facebook account.
We also used online banking which made the tracking of who had paid much easier.
We live streamed the raffle draw ( 56 prizes) via the Facebook Event. This was watched by lots of friends and family. Our grandchildren had fun drawing the lucky winners.