If you ever have anything to do with a charity organisation you understand how hard it is to fundraise. I think that most people will receive on average about 4-5 requests a week for money for this walk, or that ride, or to sell tickets for someone! I’m afraid that I am one of those people who not only does the asking every year for my 24 Hour Mega Swim but also tries my hardest to give something to as many people as I can.
This year I am doing a couple of things, 1. my Mega Swim (which is next weekend) and then a week later 2. the MS Celebrity Red Ride, which is a 7 day ride. Mind you I’m not doing all of the ride as I would never be able to keep up with the other riders, on my trike, going through country Victoria. So I will be picking the flat areas to do a couple of hours! But it does get hard to keep asking people to donate.
I have over 600 swimmers who take part in my 24 Hour Mega Swim at the Fitzroy Pool in Melbourne and every year they amaze me with the amount of fundraising they do. This year if we hit our $300,000 target the total money raised just at the Fitzroy Pool in the last 13 years will reach $2 million!! When I started this swim back in 2001 it was to be a ‘one off’ swim to help out MS Victoria with their Go For Gold Scholarship program, but boy how it has grown!
One of the teams who have been taking part for about 10 years is the Lend Lease Legends who have never failed to amaze me. Jane their captain has been so dedicated to putting this team together and raising money over those years that she has had to turn people away from the team (you can only have 15 swimmers if you want to win). Lend Lease have always targeted their suppliers, builders and customers to the point of exhaustion, so they decided to try a few things differently this year…a Golf Day.