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March 2018

WYNTK about the #29thK4K

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In preparation for the start of the #29thK4K, we wanted to give you the 411 on what you need to know (WYNTK) about the various events happening throughout the weekend.

The Hospitality Suite

To get entrance into the infamous hospitality suite, you need to purchase a bracelet. This beautiful piece of jewellery (aka a red paper band) is available for just $20 CAD – trust us, it is worth it!

Payment can be made when you get to the registration table on Thursday night (debit and credit accepted). If you aren’t attending the banquet but need a bracelet, let someone from the committee know.

Don’t Forget – Friday is country night!

The Passports

As with last year, the passports are available again this year! For those of you who don’t know, the passport is your all access pass to the additional games.

Your passport includes:

  • A registration for the draw to the button competition
  • Raffle tickets (x20)
  • X5 “Pick 6” selections

You can pay in debit, credit or cash at the registration desk for the passport or, should you choose to forego the passport, you can purchase tickets to each of these games individually.

The Draw to the Button Competition

It’s exactly as it sounds! You draw to the button against the other Joes & Janes for the ultimate prize. The winner of the Joes & Janes draw to the button wins THE CASH (from the entries) and 1 week accommodation at Stu Sell’s vacation home in Florida (more details will be provided at the event).

Now, the winner of the Joes & Janes draw to the button also gets to compete against the Pros draw to the button winner. This is for honour only.

The Raffle

The raffle table runs FRIDAY ONLY. Don’t miss out on some great things because you got it confused with the silent auction. You can’t bid your way to a win this day.

The silent auction

The silent auction runs SATURDAY ONLY. Same as above, don’t mix it up with the raffle items, more money gets you what you want this day!

 

KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON THE SUMMIT (4)

One week left! Take your fundraising to the next level

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By far the hardest part about fundraising is asking for money. Why? Because not all of us can shamelessly ask people for money (although huge respect for those who can!).

Making the list of appropriate people to ask…
Worrying about the timing…
Wording your email to invoke an emotional response so people “feel” the cause …
But balancing that with not making people feel obligated to donate.

There are a lot of considerations when fundraising and you want to make sure you stay true to your own communication style. So, how do you get the most out of your efforts? Here are a few rules we live by:

  • Be clear on the cause
  • Be upfront: tell them why it is important to you
  • Be prescriptive: tell people what you want, not just ask them to donate
  • Discuss the IMPACT: what will their money do?
  • Express Gratitude (thank you notes mean a lot!)

Essentially, you need to have an elevator pitch!

Perfecting your Pitch

You need to know what you want to say and how you are going to say it in less than 30 seconds. People’s time (and money) is valuable to them, so you need to give them a clear reason to give it to you. Here is an example:

Kurl for Kids is a charity organization that hosts a pro-am charity bonspiel in support of neonatal care across Canada. Now in its 29th year, K4K has raised over $2.5 million dollars and we’re not stopping there. Help me support this great cause! I’m looking to raise X amount of dollars/I’m challenging all my friends to donate $20 dollars and all the proceeds go right to the hospitals to help provide better care for the tiny humans who need it.

Struggling to reach your fundraising goal and short of ideas?

Here are some we have tried in the past that go above and beyond your standard “email”:

  • Post a challenge to have X amount of people donate X amount of dollars to help you reach your goal
  • Host a donut, pizza or any other kind of day at your work, charge $2-5 dollars per unit (but the exposure is more important ;))
  • Do a 50/50 raffle at an event you are at
  • Ask your company – corporate sponsorships count!
  • Do a birthday campaign – what makes a better present than donating for a good cause?

No matter what you do, you have to put yourself out there a little bit. Remember #itsforthekids #29thK4K.

What are some of the creative ways you fundraise? We’d like to hear from you!