MOST RECENT UPDATE: 12th January 2010
The events of the last few months have been hectic but very worthwhile. Thanks to all of you out there we have now raised around #12,000.
This is a fantastic achievement but one that by pulling together we can all help to improve.
Each and every one of you have "subscribed" to my barrage of emails so each and every one of you must be interested in the future of Barrow Raiders.
Can I now make yet another appeal for help? We currently have 511 registered via the www.supportbarrowraiders.com website (which is now up and running) and it is no surprise that as the numbers have risen so has the income from the various fundraising initiatives.
In order to boost our numbers can I ask each of you to take a moment or two to send out a message to all your friends, family work colleagues, facebook contacts, etc, etc urging them to join us. If everybody did this we should see our numbers double immediately.
Can I also once again ask everyone to consider registering with easyfundraising (details on the website). We now have 256 registered users which tells me around half of you haven't tried this yet. honestly, it doesn't hurt, you don't get plagued by spam but you can earn a lot of money at no cost to yourself. Please try it. To date we have raised over #1,000 from easyfundraising so it is not something to be ignored.
On the subject of easyfundraising I received an email from Dave E which he has asked me to circulate - see below:
Happy New Year to all you fund raisers.
Hopefully we have all had a great time celebrating the New Year and all heads are now clear enough to start the new year's fund raising in earnest.
I'd like to point out two lucrative ideas to concentrate on this year:
Booking your annual holiday through easyfundraising can seriously boost the development fund; all the major travel companies can be accessed through the easyfundraising gateway and are offering a minimum of 1% commission. That's a minimum donation of #10 for booking a #1000 holiday!!
Nowadays the majority of us change our car and home insurance each year to find the best deals. Simply use one of the comparison sites (compare the market, confused, go compare, etc), find the insurance that suits you, then use easyfundraising.org.uk to purchase the policy.
Direct Line, for example, donate #45 for each new home insurance policy, Churchill donate #40, NatWest donate #25, e-home donate #15, etc.
Direct Line, for example, donate #35 for each new car insurance policy, Churchill donate #35, Esure donate #22.50, e-car donate #20, etc.
We should all do this when renewal time comes round, it saves us money and considerably boosts the development fund.
Once again thank you for your efforts so far and lets really go for it this year.
MOST RECENT UPDATE: 10th January 2010
On 4 January the balance of the Development Fund account in the Furness Building Society stood at £8,149:49, a fantastic amount given the relatively short time that the fund has been up and running. This shows just how much you have all bought into the various fund raising initiatives to date.
In addition to that figure, there is money due to go into the account from a number of other initiatives such as easyfundraising, our share of the New Years Day Dip, sales of DVDs and scarves, Sponsor a Sod and one or two other bits and bobs. These monies will total more than £3,000, taking the fund above £11,100. That is almost £4,000 a month.
This figure has been achieved in a little over three months and proves (to me at least) just how generous our supporters are.
The 2012 Club is now bringing in around £500 a month for the next three years and that figure will undoubtedly grow when the season starts and we promote it better.
What I do know is that we have by no means maximised the money that can be generated from sources such as the 2012 Club and easyfundraising and there will be several promotion on these two initiatives once the season gets underway. The latter (as I have said many times before) has great potential and doesn t need to cost supporters a single penny. It is fairly easy for a supporter to raise £10 a year from easyfundraising without even buying anything!
EVENTS CURRENTLY BEING PLANNED FOR 2010 ARE
A Dine with the Players Dinner (A repeat of the pre-xmas dinner which was hugely successful).
Prize Raffle to win a two week stay at a Holiday Villa in Florida.
A Pro-Am Golf Competition.
A Party at Craven Park Pop Concert featuring a number of local acts providing their services free of charge.
A Sports Day/Gala Day at Craven Park.
A Ladies Evening (and whatever that etails LOL).
A Gentleman s Evening.
A Junior Raiders Sponsored walk (within the confines of Craven Park.
A Film Night (Old Cup Final Footage, etc) in the Raiders Bar.
A repeat of the recent successful Cross Code Challenge Match.
A Family Fun Day and BBQ at Craven Park.
A Sponsored Marathon (by Dave Clark, Steve McCormack, Mick Cassidy, MYSELF LOL, and others to be advised later).
THE ABOVE EVENTS ARE DEFINITELY GOING AHEAD AND THERE ARE ONE OR TWO OTHER IDEAS CURRENTLY BEING WORKED OUT. MORE DETAILS ON EACH OF THE ABOVE EVENTS WILL BE FORTHCOMING OVER THE COMING WEEKS/MONTHS.
WHAT IS NEEDED IS YOUR HELP WITH OTHER FUNDRAISING IDEAS.
FOR EXAMPLE CAN ANY OF YOU HELP BY SELLING A FOOTBALL CARD EACH WEEK IN YOUR LOCAL PUB OR AT WORK? CAN YOU ORGANISE A QUIZ NIGHT OR OTHER FUNCTION TO HELP RAISE FUNDS?
IT DOESN T MATTER IF YOUR IDEA RAISES JUST £1, EVERY LITTLE REALLY DOES HELP!!
WHEN I FIRST LAUNCHED THIS FUND I SAID THE CHANCES OF ANY ONE PERSON GIVING ME #100,000 WERE ZERO BUT THE CHANCES OF 100.000 PEOPLE GIVING ME A QUID WERE REALISTIC. THAT LOGIC STILL STANDS AND EVERY PENNY REALLY DOES COUNT.
UPDATE: 17th December 2009
Three months after launching the development fund we seem to be on target to have around £10k in the account by the end of the year.
This is a magnificent effort and is down to all of you (and others) for us being able to declare this healthy figure.
To put your efforts into perspective we have now raised £955 from the easyfundraising venture.
I must confess to being a little disappointed with this because I do believe this can be a massive source of income at no cost to our fans.
However, I got a real wake-up call when talking to fundraisers at other clubs.
The ones I spoke to have made nothing like this amount, especially in such a short space of time.
THANKS VERY MUCH TO YOU ALL.
To date we have had a number of fund raising initiatives including the Irish Night organised by Paul B, Xmas Dinner, Scarves and Badges, 2012 Club, Easyfundraising, Season Ticket Raffle, DVD sales and one or two others.
We have still to come the New Years Day Dip (shared with the Brennan Rooney Fund) and Warren's annual "Sponsor a Sod".
All these together will take the fund to around £10k I think.