We could not run our organization without fundraising and the generosity of family, friends, acquaintances and community members who continue to return year after year to support our cause.
In years past we have had a wonderful Girls Afternoon Retreat on Vancouver Island. Participants went on an hour-long hike through the beautiful trails in Nanoose and then "retreated" to a beautiful lake-side setting for delicious appetizers, desserts and massages. This raised enough money to provide each of our sponsored students and their families with food for a week!
One of our local elementary schools took on a service project of collecting enough change to purchase chickens for each of our sponsored families. As a reward, the Chicken Monster (aka the school principal) visited the school and did an impromptu chicken dance with the whole school participating!
One of our local high schools has taken on a next-to-impossible task of asking the students in the school to "purchase" a day of silence in the school. Each student who "purchases" a bracelet is entitled, with the teachers permission, to not speak for the day. Proceeds from this fundraiser went towards sponsoring a high school student in Guatemala.
A local middle school home-ec teacher (and 2011 volunteer) had her students make a beautiful quilt which was then raffled off. Proceeds from this fundraiser went towards purchasing stoves to be installed by the volunteers on the trip.
Students who wanted to participate in an easter egg hunt were each asked to bring in a pair of new socks. Over 400 pairs of socks were collected!
Collect "Chicken Change"
Make a family or office decision to donate instead of buying Birthday or Christmas gifts
Footwear in good condition (especially children's sizes)
Personal hygiene items
New school supplies (excluding paper)