Making charity cool again !

Remember those days when people with tins went from home to home collecting “donations.” Well, we are way past those days! Today, we come across people organizing wine and dines, pledging to pour ice cold water over their heads or participating in a dance-off to raise money!

It’s no more just the privilege of the elite and the rich, anyone and everyone can be a part of the charity world. If you have a little time and a creative mind, no fundraising idea is out of bounds, or too crazy!  

The best part is that,  these “crazy ideas” can contribute to the greater good. If you need a little inspiration, here are a few of those whacky, out of the box and unique fundraisers!

 

1)A rickshaw ride to save the planet.

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What if I told you a crazy adventure ride, on a rickshaw could save the rainforests of the world? Well, Rickshaw-run proved that it is possible! Till date team rickshaw run has raised a whopping £5.5 million, all for causes related to environmental preservation, and social causes closely related to environmental preservation and restoration. (here is an example of one of their fundraisers).

 

2) A game of basketball in the middle of a warzone.

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We normally wouldn’t associate war and conflict with sports, but PeacePlayers turned a warzone into a game court! PeacePlayers impacted the lives of many youngsters in conflict ridden regions like South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Israel and the West Bank with the help of sports, by incorporating an “on-court” curriculum to teach peace and leadership through basketball games!

They also raise funds for their initiative by organising basketball tournaments annually!

 

3) Making a difference with every step.

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13 days, 13 Cities, 13 Half Marathons to bring about a tremendous social change. The “Mera Terah Run” included over 150 runners in this one of a kind mega run to  raise funds for  training and community development, preserving the coastal stretch in Maharashtra and empowering rural villages by spreading awareness and educating them Their fundraiser gathered a  tremendous INR 1.7 million and impacted several lives in the process.

 

4) Spinning the beats for a cause.

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The renowned music artist David Guetta teamed up with the UN for the World Humanitarian Day as part of their social media campaign #TheWorldNeedsMore. Guetta’s live performance was premiered from the UN headquarters and in the process the building’s walls were transformed into the world’s largest Twitter feed! Each tweet and ReTweet from the event worked to raise one dollar to go directly toward aiding those in the Philippines, Syria, and other nations seriously affected by humanitarian crises and natural disasters.

5) A fundraiser to make India’s biggest campus go green.

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When your college is spread across 500 acres, walking becomes a little tiring! Even after trying all modes of transport like autos & buses IIT Bombay campus’s “transport crisis” refused to be resolved, and moreover those modes were not eco-friendly.  Finally they hit a brilliant idea. They thought, “why not use cycles?” Thus was born the dynamic cycle sharing system which will provide 1000 cycles across 16 hostels for 10000 students. Making the students fit, and the campus green! (read their story here)

6) Making the game available to all.

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Challenged Athletes Foundation(CAF) is on a mission to make sure that people with physical challenges have the same freedom to enjoy sports as everyone else.

Providing equipment such as hand cycles and mono skis CAF ensures that physically challenged  athletes aren’t forced to sit out from activity because they cannot afford special equipment. Their signature fundraising events like the “Tour de Cover” and “The million dollar challenge” are known worldwide!

7) Boot Camp to bring baby Lucy home.

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So, what do you do when you are stuck in a foreign country, trying to get your adopted baby girl, home? Organize a bootcamp, of course!

US couple, Bree and Cody left for China to adopt baby Lucy, but the proceedings were taking a little longer than they expected. Unfortunately they were running out of funds for their extended stay! But their friends back home helped them by organizing a fun summer boot camp to raise funds! The event was a huge success and baby Lucy was finally home!

 

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These incredible stories have definitely blown my mind, what about you?

And you know what’s more?  If you have a cause close to your heart and a fundraising idea that’s unique and heartwarming, you can create a campaign and raise funds for your cause too! (Create a campaign now )

 

5 Adventure Ideas That Also Help You Do Good

What can make going on a good adventure trip feel even better? When it helps bring a smile on the faces of orphaned children, or help conserve a habitat or power a village or support education for the underprivileged. With the advent of Voluntourism, travellers and adventure junkies have gone a step further to turn their adventure of a lifetime into an adventure that can transform lives as well. Organisations are getting creative with both travel and contributing to a cause. Here are some ideas to make your vacation fun and fruitful.

1) Relief Riders International

Join a camel caravan through the infinite desert of Rajasthan, experiencing both culture and adventure. The journey begins from a 600 year old fort in Harasar and finishes at the one of the oldest villages in Rajasthan, Pushkar. The finish brings you at the right time for the legendary Pushkar Camel Fair, where you can participate in races and a number of other equestrian events. This 15-day adventure takes you through several villages on rural Rajasthan where the relief riders volunteer for various healthcare, education and social welfare activities. Their next trip will in November.

2) Global Adventure Challenges: The Dalai Lama Trek

Beginning in Dalai Lama’s hometown, Dharamshala, the trek is a magnificent 5-day sojourn at the base of the mighty Himalayas, giving you a scenic and a cultural experience. It takes you through the Kingdom of Gaddi and the spectacular highlands and passes of Daula Dhar mountain range, introducing you to Hindu and Buddhist villages on the way. Their charity challenges have helped raise around £15 million. You can choose a charity of your choice to donate to.

3) Mera Terah Run

This rail-road-raise run kind of an adventure started by a young Bengaluru professional has created a huge impact at the grass root level, supporting youth development to conserving forest lands. The run is an endurance project which includes running half-marathon (13 miles) for 13 days in different cities to raise funds for charity. In addition to raising funds through the marathons, it also uses crowdfunding websites to add to the contributions. Here are a few successful crowdfunding campaigns by the organisation.

https://www.impactguru.com/mera-terah-run-enabling-volunteerism-harnessing-entitlements

https://www.impactguru.com/mera-terah-run-support-the-area-resource-center-in-the-slums-of-bhavnagar

4) The Adventurists: Rickshaw Run

Defined as the “least sensible thing to do” the Rickshaw Run is a life-changing, tuk-tuk-tumbling, knee-scratching, hell of a journey along the rough, unapologetic terrains of India. Riding around 3500 km by own self, excluding all luxury, in teams of three to four, this is easily the craziest adventure you will ever embark upon. Plus, each team raises fund for a particular cause along the way! Just like team Kohinoor Khiladis who are raising funds for 50 orphan children of SOS Children’s Village Shillong. They are using adventure and crowd funding to help support the education and welfare of these children for a year. You can contribute to their cause here.

5) Huma Charity Challenge

With different challenge types, adventure types and adventure destinations, this is your one-stop shop for doing some good adventure and doing some good. You can trek, run, hike, climb or cycle around the most beautiful terrains around the world. The organisation offers various options. It lets you pick your charity/cause by yourself for the adventure you take or opt for a charity challenge where a group of people supporting the same charity undertake a challenge (something absolutely crazy like trekking the Everest or walking through sections of the Grand Canyon etc.)  You can get more details and register here.

Are you ready for the challenge?