Now that the dust has settled after my first fundraiser it's time to begin working on fundraiser number 2. Gerri (at next step to fitness) and Lucy are helping me organize a walk followed by a BBQ and raffle at the perfect location-my happy place on the 8th of November.
After the success of the last raffle I decided to try this out once again. I put a request out to those that attend next step to fitness Pilates/Barre studio and the response was fantastic. We received lots of chocolates, wine, tea cups, tea bags etc for our hampers. I would like to make a special mention for the following people's kind donations: Kate (and her Mum) for the lovely crocheted rugs, Joy for the beautiful handmade cards and Robyn for the georgeous handmade bags. Words can't express how grateful I am to everyone for their kind donations.
Armed with an endorsement letter from both the Children's Tumour Foundation and Next Step to Fitness, today I went along to our local food outlets in Cranbourne to seek vouchers to boost the appeal of the hampers. I was so nervous and unsure of how this was going to pan out. I had written myself dot points and had played the 'speech' over and over in my head.
I took Brad along for support to the first cafe that I approached. This attempt didn't go well! I flew through the speech so fast that all the words seemed to roll into one and my idea of enthusiasm was far too cheerful. I knew that I had lost her. Brad had to dig me out of the hole and it was only then that she promised to talk to her business partner and get back to us.
When we got back into the car Brad had no qualms in telling me exactly what he thought....I gave a sales pitch rather than speaking from the heart. I burst into tears. I knew that I had done a terrible job. I didn't want people to feel sorry for me so instead (unintentionally) I gave them a typical sales pitch. I felt flat and very disheartened.
After composing myself (and leaving Brad behind!) I took off for another attempt. I was cool, calm and collected this time. I spoke to the woman as though she was someone I had known for years and the difference in her response was amazing. Brad was right (not that I will admit that to him!) it did need to come from the heart. When I opened up to people they showed genuine concern. Although I didn't walk away with many vouchers in hand I had lots of people tell me they would convince their managers to agree to assist us and call me in the next few days and even an offer from a lovely kind person to help us cook the BBQ. The confidence that today's experience has given me is priceless however it has also been draining and I admit that I am left emotionally exhausted at the end of it.
If you would like to support Sneaky and I by either coming along to our event or by providing assistance with 'vouchers' to put towards our raffle hampers or with purchasing BBQ items and refreshments for after the walk please check out the Facebook events page (Sneaky's big day out in the bush) or send me an email email@example.com.
Sneaky and I are so grateful for all the help we receive towards our big event. X