Ideas

Not too sure what you want to do - but know you will be doing it at work? Below are some great ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

TIP: When fundraising through work, one way that can help to increase donations is to ask “the boss” if they will match the amount raised.

Love to cook?

  • Host a morning tea at your work. Include healthy options, such as low-fat muffins and fresh fruit.
  • Are you surrounded by early risers? Why not put on a breakfast at your work? There are many healthy breakfast options available, and there will be lots of people who will be happy to make a donation in exchange for someone else providing breakfast for them on a busy morning.
  • Do you have a favourite restaurant or café? A charity lunch for your work mates is relatively easy to organise, and can generate great conversations and fundraising.
  • During the warmer months, a healthy BBQ is a great idea. Use the HF catering guidelines and provide lean meats, vegies and green salads.
  • Everyone thinks they are a Master Chef…why not let them prove it! Host a Cook-Off at work. Have an entry fee and a prize for the winner and watch the competitive streaks emerge!
  • A colour theme can really add to an event and there are many foods that are ‘Heart Foundation Red” – why not consider a Strawberries and Cream (low-fat, of course!) morning tea?

Love to run?

  • Start your own running group at work.
  • Get a group of workmates together and enter a team into a fundraising running event and have people sponsor you. There are many events to choose from, such as City 2 Surf – find one in your home city and go for it!
  • Feeling ambitious? Create your own charity running event.

Love to cycle?

  • Start your own cycling group at work.
  • Get a group of workmates together and enter a team into a fundraising cycling event and have people sponsor you. There are many events to choose from, such as The Great Victorian Bike Ride - find one in your home state and give it a go!
  • Think bigger, and create your own charity cycling event.

Love to swim?

  • Get a group of workmates together and enter a team into a fundraising swimming event and have people sponsor you. Find an event in your home city and give it a go!
  • Create your own charity swimming event. Give it a theme to get people really excited!

Love to walk?

  • Start your own walking group at work.
  • Get a group of workmates together and enter a team into a walking event and have people sponsor you. There are many events to choose from, so find one in your home city and sign up – you could even enter a team to make it more fun!
  • Have your work walking team join the Heart Foundation’s Walking program.
  • Create your own charity walking event.
  • Stair-Climb. Choose a building with lots of stairs and collect pledges in support of your climb. This can be done either individually, or if you work in the building, make it an event!

Love to dress red?

  • “Dress Red” at work day. Have a day where everyone comes dressed in red, to raise both funds and awareness.
  • There are many other ways to incorporate a Red Theme at your work: why not have a red wig day, or start a red tie day, for the guys!

Love something else?

  • Comedy Night
  • Movie Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Casual Clothes Day
  • Golf Charity Day
  • Lawn Bowls/Barefoot Bowls Charity Event
  • Christmas/Valentine’s Day/New Year’s Eve party
  • Love your sport? Why not hold a charity game or tournament? There are so many options: footy, cricket, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, netball, tennis, hockey, soccer, ten pin bowling – the possibilities are endless. To make your event really stand out, consider including a theme for the day.
  • Silent auction. Can be done as part of an event or just on it’s own. Spread the word to get people bidding.
  • Sweepstakes. Whether it’s for the AFL/NRL Grand Final or the Melbourne Cup, invite people to dress up, enter sweeps (winner, last place, first goal/try etc). Charge an entry fee and donate all or a portion of the proceeds.
  • World Heart Day (In 2013, this occurs on 29th September). Choose one of your events to coincide with this day, to give it extra meaning.
  • Don’t forget about the families! Organise a Kids Day Out or Teddy Bear’s Picnic, with lots of activities and space to run around.

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