Toad Races

Cane Toad Races

Cane toads, cockroaches, whatever – we all hate them but what a great fundraiser they make on a race track of sorts.

Gather up a decent number of the preferred racing stock, mark with non-toxic face paint to differentiate and sell them off individually at ‘auction’ together with some creative pedigrees.Then it’s race time.

Mark a circle (about 3m diameter) using a piece of string, a stake and some chalk This is your race track. Mark a small circle (about 50cm) inside. This forms the ‘starting gate’ from which the ‘thoroughbreds’ race on release from their bucket or calico bag. The winner is the first to break out of the big circle.

These races need a race caller and auctioneer with enthusiasm.

Charge an entry fee for each cane toad race and give a percentage of takings as prize money (say 25% for the first out of the circle, 10% for the last). The balance is your fundraiser.

Betting is illegal. Your money comes from the sale of the racing stock and entry into individual race.
Owners can take their new ‘pets’ home after the races or leave for humane disposal.

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Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are really popular with all ages. You can have a company attend your event and pay you a percentage of the takings. You can purchase tattoos yourself and have your own stall or add to your crazy hair or face painting stall. Consider custom made tattoos to promote a special event such as the school anniversary, a sports carnival or special fundraiser.

You can have glitter tattoos or make your own!

Tea Towels

 

Tea Towel Fundraising

Group tea towel projects involve students, produce a wonderful memento and also provide a meaningful present for parents, relatives and special friends. Personalised tea towels also make keepsake reminders of a child’s artistic development or a community group milestone, special event or anniversary.

Click here for our list of fundraising tea towels suppliers.

Street Numbers

Visit homes in your local area and offer to paint street numbers on the kerb. It is a quick and easy fundraiser and all you need is a set of stencil numbers from 1 – 0, a square stencil cut out, a can of white reflective paint and a can of black paint. Use the square stencil and spray paint a large white square in reflective paint, then use the number stencils and black paint to paint the house number. It will only take a few minutes to complete and $15 is a reasonable amount to charge.

Sports Day Fundraising

How to fundraise on sports day

One Fundraising Directory colleague observed that she never saw much fundraising at her children’s sports days. Yet this is a huge opportunity for schools to capitalise on a wider than usual audience – parents, younger siblings and thirsty contestants are all tempted by some cool and sustaining treats during the day.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

Sausage sizzles

This is often an easy one because you have hungry competitors, restless younger siblings and potential volunteers who’ll be attending the event anyway. Many schools have enough BBQs that a sausage sizzle takes very little organising, just make sure there’s a roster for the parents so they don’t miss seeing their children compete!

Bottled Water

Schools get a bit nervy about letting kids wander about the school unsupervised, so this may be one day where bottled water is more popular than tap water. If you’re really keen, you can get the labels customised for the school.

Face painting

For any artistic (or adventurous!) parents or older students. Use the different sport house colours and charge $5 for a whole face paint, or $2 for a red (or green/yellow/blue) nose. The face painting tent can also include coloured hairspray.

Ice blocks

A VERY easy one – all you need is an esky, ice and lots of change.

For a more adult treat, here is a recipe care of Emma Knowles at Gourmet Traveller:

 

Lemonade and Passionfruit Icy Poles

Prepare two days ahead

Ingredients:

500 ml (2 cups)traditional lemonade or bitter lemon soft drink, 12 ice block sticks, 12 passionfruit (pulp only), 1 vanilla bean (coarsely chopped), 200 ml sugar syrup (see note), 2 limes (juice only)

Method

  1. Divide lemonade among twelve ½-cup capacity dariole moulds or disposable cups and stand for 10 minutes to allow bubbles to subside. Place on a tray and freeze for 2-3 hours, then insert an iceblock stick into each one and freeze overnight.
  2. In a food processor process the passionfruit pulp and vanilla bean to crack passionfruit seeds, then pass through a fine sieve into a bowl, discarding solids. Measure 210ml of passionfruit juice and combine with sugar syrup, lime juice and 2/3 cup water. Refrigerate until cold, then divide among moulds or cups with lemonade and freeze overnight. Unmould and serve.

Note: To make sugar syrup, combine an equal quantity of sugar and water in a saucepan and boil for 1 minute. One cup each of sugar and water will make 1½ cups sugar syrup which will keep indefinitely refrigerated in a sterile container.

Dress Down Days

Dress Down Days or Free Dress Days

All sorts of organisations have ‘dress down day’, ‘free dress day’, ‘mufty day’, or ‘casual Friday’. There a staple fundraiser purely because all the organizers have to do is make sure they get their message out before the day, and remember to collect the money.

There are heaps of variations on the usual idea of paying to come in your clothes of choice. Add a theme e.g. Book Character during Book Week or race goer on Melbourne Cup Day.

Link free dress day to the lead-up of school fete preparations. Children bring a specific item needed for the fete (such as can of drink or cake mix) in exchange for free dress. Children encourage the donations to flow in by wanting to be like their friends, not wearing school uniform.

Workplaces have adopted the dress down day as a charity fundraiser, wearing jeans or a colour or pyjamas, according to charity theming.

 

Cockroach Races

Cane toads, cockroaches —creepy critters we hate— make surprisingly fun fundraising events when turned onto a race track of sorts.

Gather up a decent number of the preferred racing stock, mark with non-toxic face paint to differentiate and sell them off individually at ‘auction’ together with some creative pedigrees.Then it’s race time.

Mark a circle (about 3m diameter) using a piece of string, a stake and some chalk. This is your race track. Mark a small circle (about 50cm) inside. This forms the ‘starting gate’ from which the ‘thoroughbreds’ race on release from their bucket or calico bag. The winner is the first to break out of the big circle.

These races need a race caller and auctioneer with enthusiasm.

Charge an entry fee for each race and give a percentage of takings as prize money (say 25% for the first out of the circle, 10% for the last). The balance is your fundraiser.

Betting is illegal. Your money comes from the sale of the racing stock and entry into individual race.
Owners can take their new ‘pets’ home after the races or leave for humane disposal.