WHY FUNDRAISE?

With more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia and approximately 33,000 of those in our state alone, it is an incurable disease that will almost certainly affect us or someone we love in our lifetime.

In 2016, we aim to raise more than $100,000 to help people living with dementia in Western Australia, but we need your help to achieve this target.

Your entry fee helps us cover the cost of running the Memory Walk & Jog events. By raising funds on top of this, you will provide much needed support for those living with dementia and their carers.

Your funds will help provide:

    • Counselling services
    • In home and day respite
    • Art and music therapy
    • Funding for the National Dementia Helpline
    • Community awareness programs
    • Carer support groups

These services reduce feelings of isolation and empower people living with dementia and those caring for them. With your help, we can make sure that our support is always available to those who need it.

 

HOW YOUR SUPPORT WILL CHANGE LIVES

The mission of Alzheimer’s Australia WA is to build awareness and an understanding of dementia in the community. This increases our ability to provide a support network for those diagnosed as well as their families and carers.

Your fundraising efforts will enable Alzheimer’s Australia WA to continue providing much needed support services, education, care and advocacy.

We believe in working through partnerships with individuals, communities and governments and speaking out when we see a need.

To find out more about our services and programs, please visit our website: http://wa.fightdementia.org.au/

 

FUNDRAISING TIPS

SPONSOR YOURSELF FIRST

Don’t forget you are standing for those living with dementia by fundraising. Before you ask your friends for their support, lead by example and make the first donation yourself! This will inspire your sponsors as you have put your money where your mouth is.

If you donate a large amount first, your friends are more likely to follow your lead because you’ve set the level of expectation. Don’t forget to make sure everyone knows about it by posting it on Facebook once you’ve made your donation.

SET A HIGH FUNDRAISING TARGET

Set yourself a high target, showing your support for the work that Alzheimer’s Australia WA does.

Would you donate more to a friend if their goal was $400 or $4,000?

Your friends want to help you reach your personal milestone and a higher goal shows your level of passion, commitment and determination to a cause that you believe in.

PERSONALISE YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE

Did you know that fundraisers who upload a personal photo or video to their page raise more money than those who don’t? It’s that easy!

Your friends and family want to hear YOUR story and what you’re doing to make a difference, so personalise your page and keep it updated with your team’s progress to give your friends a reason to show their support!

TELL EVERYONE ABOUT YOUR AMAZING CHALLENGE

Spread the word about your efforts to raise vital funds that will support people living with dementia in Western Australia. Your friends, family, employer, colleagues, clients and suppliers will love hearing how you are taking steps and standing for more than 342,000 Australians.

They will want to support you, all you have to do is ask!

Be sure to promote your fundraising efforts at work, school or your local community group. Use posters, flyers, message boards, email and social media to extend your reach. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are free, easy to use and reach a large audience!

DIDN’T GET A RESPONSE THE FIRST TIME? FOLLOW UP

You might have emailed your friends once, but sometimes friends who mean to donate don’t quite get around to it right away. Don’t be afraid to send a reminder email to nudge people into action, or continue to post your fundraising page on Facebook to keep spreading the word! The easier you make it for your friends, the more likely they will sponsor you!

GET COMPANY SPONSORSHIP

You can try asking local businesses to sponsor you in return for adding their logo to your t-shirt or posting about their contribution on Facebook.

ASK YOUR WORKPLACE TO MATCH YOUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

Does your company have a ‘matched giving’ program? Many employers offer programs to match their employees fundraising efforts to encourage their staff to support charitable organisations. This is an easy way to instantly double your fundraising total!

Even if there is no such program in place, it never hurts to ask as many workplaces are more than happy to also make a company donation to support their employees in helping a great cause.

Check with your Human Resources Manager or employer if you’re unsure. All direct donations more than $2 are tax deductible. Even if your employer doesn’t donate, try leaving a donation form and money tin on your desk, near the coffee machine and water cooler to encourage your colleagues to sponsor you.

INCREASE YOUR FUNDRAISING TARGET

Already reached your target? Keep going! Increase your target so that your supporters know you want to raise as much as you can put an end to the devastating effects of dementia! You’ll be surprised at how this will inspire your friends and help you raise more funds.