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Fundraising Idea of the Month:
Speed Gun

by Doug Nash

Good fund-raisers are always based on what people enjoy doing, and if others are interested in doing most of the work for you then you are on a winner. This fund-raiser is based on both these principles. One of the things kids love doing is throwing, from rocks to all sorts of things so get them to throw balls. That’s right - throw balls but you see how fast they throw by using a speed gun from the police. The police are always keen to be a part of community projects and have shown in the past to be agreeable to participating in this particular event. This is not a rare fund-raiser in Australian fetes. So here you have kids having fun and the police being part of the community and you having a successful fund-raiser.

How it works is simple. Section off a safe area that kids can throw and have a member of the police force use a speed gun to record how fast their throws are. Charge fifty cents to a dollar for three throws and keep a list of the fastest for either age groups or grade levels. To really get the kids in, hand them a certificate after each go that they can show their family members and friends. The name and speed is filled in by hand at the end of each go. What you will see is the kids try to outdo themselves and their friends on more than on occasion. If you want to take it to another level you may want to keep your own records and at the end of the fund-raiser present a simple trophy for the fastest thrower for each level. You may want to consider separating the boys and girls into separate competitions. If you chose to have a trophy presentation then make sure all who participate know when and where it is going to happen. No point in having a presentation if no one turns up.

To keep costs to a minimum there are a few avenues to pursue. Approach your nearest major baseball team or sports store and invite them to sponsor your fund-raiser either by a cash donation or by supplying the certificates and trophies. Sports clubs are always looking for new members so letting them know you are willing to hang a banner of theirs is a good idea. You don’t need really big trophies, small ones are just as attractive to the kids. Approach your local trophy shops, one of them may want to promote themselves in your area and so agree to be your sponsor. Never underestimate the generosity of your local businesses. The certificates don’t have to fancy nor colourful, black and white photocopier quality certificates will do just fine. Like the trophies approach local printing firms and discuss how they would be willing to help out, They might settle for just having their names somewhere on the certificate.

This event can be run in parks, at fetes or in shopping centres. The more passing people the better. You will have more participants and you stand a better chance of having a sponsor. It is a simple, cost effective fund-raiser that is fun to be part of and therefore well worth your consideration as a future fund-raiser. 

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Doug Nash lives in Logan City in Queensland, Australia. He has graciously consented to share a fundraising idea with us every month. Although many of the ideas aren't new, each of them has a unique flair that comes from being developed and refined half a world away from ours. Visit his web site at for more fundraising ideas.

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