Events

Charity events are as varied and colourful as fundraising itself. They’re only limited by the imaginations of their organisers and their capacity to make things happen against all odds. But in many markets the costs of running events are rising and competition for donors' interest and participation is fierce, not to mention competition for their funds. In this section you will find details of some of the world’s most original and effective events.

Covenant House Alaska: ‘moustache march’

A bevy of likely lads with acceptable upper lip adornments all line up for the first moustache march

by SOFII

Covenant House helps homeless and runaway youth in Alaska. Moustache march, has brought new supporters to their cause, as well as raising much-needed funds.

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Path for Life Medical Rehabilitation and Therapy Centre: ‘path to life’ concert in Uzhgorod City

A happy audience

by SOFII

This is a straightforward but very professionally run event, the first of its kind in Uzhgorod. The objective of the event was to raise money to support the centre and to introduce the concept of a benefit concert to the local community.

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UNICEF: trick or treat

From the US Fund for UNICEF – trick or treat then and now

by SOFII

A simple idea that has grown over many years. A fun way for children to help other children, which has lasted for nearly 60 years, is now supported by hundreds of thousands of young people plus their teachers each year and is still going strong.

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Cure Cancer Australia: ‘can too’ sporting events

by SOFII

Young people raise money for a great cause while being coached by professionals in a whole variety of sporting skills.

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Movember: moustache-growing campaign for men’s health

by Christiana Stergiou

This fun and lively event encourages men to grow a moustache, find out more about men’s health and raise money for prostate cancer research and awaren…

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Helvetas: integrating awareness and fundraising

ad poster

by SOFII

It's good to see an organisation that is prepared to shock us into seeing that many people just don’t have the basic amenities we take for granted.

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UNICEF Pigotta project: adopt a doll and save a life

Colourful posters

by SOFII

Another excellent idea from UNICEF that not only raises lots of money, but shows volunteers, particularly children, how important immunisation against deadly childhood illnesses is in the developing world. It also demonstrates how ‘it will never work here’ just isn’t true and that good ideas can be adapted to other cultures.

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Faisalabad’s first cycle rally for peace and the environment

by SOFII

Campaigning for social awareness causes is difficult enough in most countries but in Pakistan it's a very new activity, with few options for influencing public opinion on any scale. This initiative therefore is bold and ambitious, but what's really remarkable is how successful it was, particularly in the spontaneous support it generated from members of the public

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