The Sh**box Rally and the Emerald Ball are both up by around $100,000, while The Great Tribal Chase is standing still and WWF has launched Wild Onesie Week. Liz Henderson gives the details of this month’s noteworthy events.

Sh**box Rally smashes $1.25 million record

The Sh**box Rally, the largest community fundraiser benefiting the Cancer Council, has already eclipsed its $1.25 million high of last year, raising $1,365,315 two days before the date scheduled for drivers to reach the finish line in the 4,250km odyssey from Perth to Darwin.

The target is $1.4 million and it looks like 2014 income will get there – and then some – with Facebook updates like this one spurring fundraisers to put their pedal to the metal:

Rally Facebook Post

Nearly $100,000 more for Emerald Ball

The 2014 Emerald Ball has raised close to $500,000 for the rehabilitation department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, dancing past its 2013 success of $401,206.95. This year’s drawcards were Jimmy Barnes and Ian Ross of legendary rock band Cold Chisel, who reunited especially to play on the night. View a PDF of the invitation here.

Great Tribal Chase slowing down

Billed as Sydney’s amazing race”, The Great Tribal Chase got off to a good start in 2013 when the launch event raised $53,002 for the charity Good Beginnings Australia. However the orienteering-style race seems to have reached a plateau with this year’s effort earning a marginally higher $53,031.81.

Wild Onesie Week covers all bases

One to watch is WWF Australia’s Wild Onesie Week, calling on Australians to don a limited edition panda onesie for a day between June 2 and 6, timed to coincide with World Environment Day on June 5.

This newcomer to the events landscape is raising both funds and awareness about the plight of endangered species. There’s a strong social aspect with a corporate twist: people are being specifically encouraged to seek sponsorship from their co-workers, as well as friends and family, through a bespoke online platform wowwwf.org.au. Another income source for WWF is from sales of the organisation’s $80-a-pop onesies.

An incentive for greater fundraising levels is a competition where the top individual, team and corporate fundraisers each win a Red Balloon gift certificate.

WWF chief executive officer Dermot O’Gorman is also leading by example, seen here sporting a onesie for this video posted on Facebook:

 

 

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