In F&P’s monthly charity events rundown, find out what organisations in the fundraising sector have been doing over the past few months.
House with No Steps
What was the event? For Fitness Sake 2017 was a fitness-based fundraising challenge in which people signed up to ‘move’ (run, walk, cycle, wheelchair etc) 50km or 100km over a 10-day period. It was the second year we’d run this event, albeit in 2016 it was called For Fit Sake.
When and where was it held? For Fitness Sake was a virtual event running from 1-10 March 2017. Participants signed up at forfitnesssake.com.au and logged their distance covered online.
How much did you raise? In 2017, the event raised $227,224 in support of House with No Steps’ Early Intervention Centre. This was a 36% increase from the event in 2016.
What was the net profit? Second year efficiencies kept the expenses 8% lower and this, combined with the higher income, meant the net profit was five times 2016’s!
How many people participated? The event drew 3,400 participants, up 7% from 2016, with 33% actively raising funds.
Other comments? For Fitness Sake will become a fundraising staple for House with No Steps, and additional learnings from the participant survey will be incorporated to further improve upon the 2017 event.
Dry July Foundation
What was the event? Dry July 2017. "Go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer."
When and where was it held? It was an online peer-to-peer fundraising event at dryjuly.com.
How much did you raise? We raised $4.2 million which was a 15% increase from last year.
What was the net profit? The Dry July event operates to a fundraising ratio of 80/20. Dry July Foundation has 45 campaign beneficiaries which it distributes its fundraising to, as well as running a grant program for eligible cancer support organisations.
How many people participated? 19,244 people helped the cause, which was also a 15% increase.
Act for Peace
What was the event? Ration Challenge.
When and where was it held? It was an online event held on June 18 to 25 2017.
How much did you raise? $3,249,000 was raised, which was a 52% increase on last year.
How many people participated? We had 15,321 registrations, which was an incredible 92% increase.
The Emer Casey Fun Run for Ovarian Cancer
What was the event? The event was a fun run/walk. There were two course options – 5km and 10km. This event helped raise money for ovarian cancer.
When and where was it held? The event was held in Jells Park, Wheelers Hill in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on Sunday 28 May 2017.
How much did you raise? This year the event raised more than $42,000!
How many people participated? More than 400 people participated in the event. This was down on last year where the event attracted just over 500.
Other Comments? The fun run’s namesake, Emer Casey, was a young Irish woman who died of ovarian cancer in June 2006 at the age of 28. Her death had a huge impact on her family and friends. They felt there was little known or information about ovarian cancer compared with other cancers and they were shocked to find out there was no early detection test for the disease. They set up the Emer Casey Foundation. One of its main fundraisers is a fun run that takes place in 3 locations around the world – Ireland (Cork), London and Melbourne.
The Emer Casey Fun Run started in Melbourne in 2008. That year it had 17 participants. The event now attracts between 400 - 500 participants annually. In total over the last 10 years the event has raised over $270,000 for ovarian cancer research. The funds raised by the Emer Casey Fun Run in Melbourne are donated to ovarian cancer research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre also based in Melbourne.
10 years ago being diagnosed with ovarian cancer was very much a death sentence. Now, while there is still a long way to go, research into ovarian cancer has helped to significantly improve the detection, prevention and treatment of the disease. The team at Emer Casey are proud to have supported these developments and the improved fate of women diagnosed with the disease.
Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section)
What was the event? RFDS Wings for Life Gala Ball.
When and where was it held? Saturday 29 July at the Royal ICC in Brisbane.
How much did you raise? We raised over $125,000, which was a little up from last year.
How many people participated? 688 people attended, up from last year.
Other comments? The guests enjoyed this year's theme of Saturday Night Fever involving all the colour of the 70's era with a night of celebration, disco and dance, while supporting one of Australia's most iconic and respected charities - the Royal Flying Doctor Service. All funds raised on the night will go towards our RFDS services here in Queensland, specifically on assisting to purchase vital medical equipment to fit out our RFDS aircraft - to keep the Flying Doctor flying.
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF)
What was the event? The 2017 BGF Auction.
When and where was it held? On the 4 May 2017 at Cellblock Theatre, National Art School Darlinghurst, in Sydney.
How much did you raise? We happily raised $86,500.
What was the net profit? Our profit was $39,400, which was slightly below last year.
How many people participated? 200 people attended the auction this year, which was the same as 2016.
St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation
What was the event? The Sisterhood Charity Luncheon for St Vincent’s Hospital.
When and where was it held? It was held on the 26 May 2017 at the Park on Lakeside Drive, Melbourne.
What was the net profit? $52,711 was raised for RASP which was nearly double the amount raised in 2016.
How many people participated? 444 women attended from across Australia; this is a 30% increase from last year.
Other comments? The Sisterhood Charity Luncheon for St Vincent’s Hospital has grown year on year and attracts an incredible calibre of women, who are all looking to inspire women and support the work of St Vincent’s Hospital.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
What was the event? Brandenburg’s second annual Gala Dinner, Melbourne.
When and where was it held? Thursday 25 May 2017 at Mural Hall, Myer Melbourne.
How much did you raise? $165,709 was raised from the donation component of the event ticket price, as well as a luxury raffle, live auction and donation pledges held on the night. Last year we raised money from the donation component of the ticket price only, so this was an increase.
How many people participated? We had 147 guests, which was an increase from last year which had 110 guests.
The Mai-Wel Group
What was the event? The Mai-Wel Group’s Annual Celebrity Comedy Debate, proudly presented by DFK Crosbie.
When and where was it held? The Maitland Town Hall, Saturday 12 August 2017.
How much did you raise? Over $25,000, an increase from last year.
How many people participated? This event saw approximately 300 people participate.
What was the event? STEPS Grand Winter Ball.
When and where was it held? It was held on the 15 July 2017 at The Events Centre, Caloundra, Queensland.
How much did you raise)? $311,000, which was up on last year’s event.
What was the net profit? A total profit of $170,000, almost doubling last year’s profit.
How many people participated? We had 437 attendees, which was fewer than in 2016. We offered fewer tickets this year to create more floor space for fundraising and photo opportunities.
Other comments? We were again overwhelmed with the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community in helping us raise money for STEPS Pathways College. The college is the first of its kind in Australia and gives young people with a disability the opportunity to learn skills for a lifetime of independence. This year we had many businesses from across the Sunshine Coast, interstate and also New Zealand offer a total of 160 prizes for our silent auction, which was incredibly popular with guests.
Children’s Hospital Foundation
What was the event? The Woolworths Car Raffle.
When and where was it held? At Woolworths stores across QLD and Northern NSW. It was held over 4 weeks from the 5 June to the 2 July.
How much did you raise? We raised $1,377,030.
What was the net profit? $1,100,914, which was up from last year.
How many people participated? In 2016 the Car raffle raised a total of $1,036,818 (gross). In 2017 Woolworths team members in 247 stores across QLD & Northern NSW participated and sold 756,151 raffle tickets at $2 each.
Other comments? 2017 marks the 31st year of Woolworths partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Woolworths team members are extremely passionate about raising funds for sick kids across QLD and Northern NSW, and thanks to their amazing fundraising efforts and loyal customer base, they have raised over $50 million since 1986.
CanTeen Australia – Tasmania Division
What was the event? CanTeen TAS Quiz Night.
When and where was it held? It was held on Friday 4 August 2017, at Best Western Hobart.
How much did you raise? We raised $14,764.35.
What was the net profit? $14,023.35, which was an increase on last year’s event – we did have one generous donation of $2,500 towards Quiz Night.
How many people participated? 180 people participated, which was nearly the same as last year.