As you can see by the picture I decided to insert, I reached my goal of somewhere between $2000-2500!!
It was a really long road, and not without getting down in the dumps for a little while. Our day looked like it should have been going really well! But we were left a little jaded for a while.
We managed to score around $1300 worth of products to use for prizes in our raffle. They looked fantastic and first prize was worth somewhere around $450! We had a bit of a hiccup a few days before the sausage sizzle. Tickets were already on sale in the days leading up, when I got a phone call from the Cystic Fibrosis Association of WA. They had noticed all my advertising online and rang to say that I was holding an illegal fundraiser as the total prize pool was over $1000, and I didn’t have a permit! (I thought you had to have a permit if first prize was over $1000) So after a bit of talking with them, we figured out the best way was to pull out a few prizes to bring the total down and hold a different raffle. We ended up holding a “Guess the lucky number” raffle as well. Luckily we hadnt sold any tickets yet!
So with our little “hiccup” sorted, the raffle was back underway.
Saturday (the day after 65 Roses Day) rolled around and we set up just inside the entrance of the Woolworths store by 10:30am. The smell of sausages wafted around the whole shopping complex. In five hours, we managed to sell just over 100 sausages, which is so much better than last year where we sold on about 30-40! We didn’t sell much CF merchandise, only a couple of wrist bands.
Last year, our raffle was our saviour. We made nearly $1200 last year, most of that was from ticket sales.
My mum (who helped out cooking sausages) and I went back home, made coffee, and started counting money. We were very disappointed to find that we had only raised just under $700. I mean, seven hundred bucks is awesome, but it was disappointing to see that we didn’t sell anywhere near as many tickets as last year, considering we had twice the amount of prizes donated. I felt really disappointed in myself that I didn’t even come close to what we had raised last year! The CF Association, when I called them about the fundraiser later on, told me that I was being way too hard on myself.
But it didn’t end there.
My neighbour won second prize, which was a massive body pamper pack worth around $250. After I gave them their prize, they sifted through it all and donated most of it back, stating that what was left was only going to sit around in their cupboards, unused, so I should re-raffle it. Luckily, the day after our raffle, $200 worth of Bunnings vouchers were donated, with the donator not realising the main fundraiser was over. So this, combined with the body pack…plus a few more rustled up donations, created another great prize pack.
The bosses of one of my major cleaning clients came to our fundraiser with some awesome news. Their site was donating a whopping $1500!!! PLUS, a sizable donation from their head office (I still don’t know how much that donation is)
So to say thank you, I used this new prize pack as a raffle exclusive on their work site (about 200+ people work there) so a few more dollars were raised.
The online donations are still slowly rolling in ( http://www.everydayhero.com.au/belinda_giovanazzi ) and is still available to do so until the end of the month. You can print off a tax deductible receipt after (magic words at this time of year!) The tally there currently stands at $410.
So all combined (the main fundraiser, the large donation from my client, online donations and the extra raffle at the end) the tally stands at around $2600!
So my feelings of misery are now gone.
Now I am just trying to figure out how to approach things next year and do even better again. Right now though, I’m glad the whole thing is over! Three months of organisation (especially in the last week) still have me drained….hence why I have been a bit quiet lately.
Dont forget to donate online! 😉