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Planning your ‘Asthmathon’ Event
There are many ways you can fundraise at school or with a group of young people and these ideas will help get you started:
Almost anything can be sponsored, not just sporting events. We can provide sponsorship cards for everyone who is taking part - how you choose to get sponsored is up to you!
Here are a few favourites:
- School Sports Day - fundraise at your school sports day by holding sponsored egg and spoon races or other fun events, or raise funds through competitions or a raffle on the day.
- Sponsored Race/Walk or Cycle - These events encourage young people to get fit and active while raising money for the 470,000 people in Ireland with asthma. A sponsored school cycle is usually more suited to older secondary school students. Each participant gets a sponsorship form, and their family and friends say how much they will pay per kilometre completed. After the race/walk or cycle is completed they collect money from their sponsors and pass it on to the school.
- Sponsored swim - a sponsored swim is more likely to be undertaken by a swimming club within a school. It can involve participants receiving sponsorship based on the number of lengths of the pool they swim.
- Sponsored sing-a-thon - this usually involves participants receiving sponsorship based on either the number of songs or length of time they sing.
- Sponsored Silence - it can happen anywhere – in the class room, hall or playground. It can last for as little or as long as you like, the children simply get sponsored for every minute they stay silent.
- Spelling Bee - a competition where contestants are asked to spell words. They provide a great way for students to learn new words and raise money at the same time. Charge students to take part and for people to come and watch.
- Times Tables competitions - pupils learn times tables according to ability and age for a special test. How will they do?
- music, poetry, dance-athons
Theme Days - this is a day where students pay to participate in a particular theme day in school. The most common are non- uniforms days or to be allowed wear their uniforms backwards for the day! Other variations include setting a theme for what they should wear instead of their uniforms, e.g. fancy dress, denim or purple day.
Table Quiz- these are usually organized as parent/adult events although it can be done as a family event with families entering as a team. Teams pay an entry fee and prizes are awarded to winning teams
Fashion Show - fashion shows can be great fun when organized using parents and/or students as models. Funds are raised through the selling of admission tickets, raffles and possibly through the sale of clothes.
Treasure Hunt Participants are sponsored to find/solve clues and/or objects on a set route. They are charged an entry fee for competing. Depending on the type of competition, the winner could be the first one to finish or the one who solves most clues. The event can be organised to suit family teams or adults or children only. Requires venue e.g. school field and organisation beforehand.
Each class takes it in turns to organise their own lunchtime fundraising event, here are some ideas to get you started.
- Games club - for small entry fee children can play a variety of board games during the lunch break.
- Bring and buy or cake sale - pupils bring in cakes or produce, games and books to sell during the lunch hour.
If you have your own great idea for a fundraising event let us know and we can include it in our next list of ideas for other fundraisers. If you want advice or support on how to organise any of these events give us a call.
Asthma information for schools and groups
After the event
You will need to add up the money you have raised and send us a cheque for the total collected.
Please make sure all cheques are made payable to the Asthma Society of Ireland and enclose your completed remittance form or a note to say who you are and how you raised this money so that we can acknowledge your gift.
We will send you a letter to thank you for your help, as well as a thank you certificate that you can display to thank everyone who helped with your fundraising.
Please click to download the remittance form. This should be filled out and submitted when the funds are raised and they are being forwarded to the Asthma Society of Ireland.
Can we help?
If you would like any more information and advice, or to order additional fundraising materials or patient information materials, please contact us directly:
Asthma Society of Ireland
4th Floor, 42/43 Amiens St
Thank you and enjoy your fundraising!
The Asthma Society of Ireland Team