Free The Children Fundraiser
Just this past weekend, Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th, I started my fundraising for Free The Children. When I did an interview for the Niagara This Week newspaper right after the pageant in January, I was lucky enough to be contacted from someone who saw me in it. I was offered the opportunity to have a booth at the Health and Home Expo in St. Catharines. I thought this would be a great way to raise money for Free The Children! On Saturday I was there from 10a.m until 5 p.m, and Sunday I was there from 12p.m until 5p.m. They were long days but well worth it and for a great cause! We even received complimentary breakfast and lunch which was nice. I also went around to the other vendors and introduced myself and handed out my business cards in the hopes that they would like my Facebook fan page or email me for sponsorship! 🙂
The strategy I chose for raising money was to offer them the chance to win a prize if they donated. I was privileged enough to receive four donated prizes from businesses that are sponsoring me. My prizes were, Medu Jewlery worth $1000, a White Oaks one month certificate worth $200, an All Natural Care Shop gift certificate worth $50, and a basket of homemade bath and body products by JC Fresh. I had a sign that read if you donate $2 you receive one raffle ticket and if you donate $5 you receive three raffle tickets. I also contacted the international Free The Children office in Toronto and they were nice enough to send me many brochures, information and booklets on Free The Children. I had a very successful weekend but I did not reach my goal so I am currently brainstorming ideas to raise more money and on the hunt for more expos!
About Free The Children – “children helping children”
Here is a little summary about Free The Children. It is an international charity and educational partner. Free The Children’s mission is to create a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. The organization was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he gathered 11 school friends to begin fighting child labour. He was 12. Now, more than 1.7 million youth are involved in their innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Their 3 main goals are to free the children from poverty, exploitation, and the notion that they are powerless to effect positive change in the world. Their model works by first starting at home by creating awareness and funds for issues facing children in developing countries around the world. Then it moves overseas where the funds that are raised support Free The Children’s Adopt a Village model. Lastly, it results in tangible change by improving lives of children and families in need, while empowering young people to realize they can change the world.
Adopt a Village model is designed to meet the basic needs of developing communities and eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education. This takes place in Haiti, Kenya, rural China, Ecuador, India, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nicaragua. The four pillars are:
- Education: they have built over 650 schools and provided over 55,000 children with education everyday
- Alternative Income: teaching how to save, invest, and grow their income. 30,000 people have gained self sufficiency, to date, through alternative income programs
- Health Care: building clinics, and $16 million in medical supplies have been donated, to date, to developing countries
- Clean water and sanitation: building new wells, and providing hand washing stations. 1 million to date provided with improved access to clean water, health care and sanitation
*If you would like to donate, please contact me on my Facebook fan page and I can put your name in the draw to win prizes! Thanks 🙂
*If you would like to know where your money goes, click here.