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Wildgoose Events Help Charities Raise Thousands For Great Causes
Team building treasure hunts help charities fundraise with unique events
By: Wildgoose Events
Most charities have been struggling to raise funds throughout a deep recession and austerity measures, so Wildgoose’s offer of an event which benefits both the charity and the companies involved has proved extremely effective and very popular.
The Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Dorset devised a very enterprising fund raising event this summer, in conjunction with top local executives from Barclays, Nationwide, LV= and other corporations. ‘Execs in Wrecks’ encouraged executives to buy and customise old cars for a weekend of challenges in Wales. This included wacky races, staying overnight in the smallest tents possible, doing physical challenges, wearing a ‘onesie’ in hot weather and finishing off with a spectacular Wildgoose treasure hunt from the campsite in Wales to a City Explorer hunt in Bath.
Wildgoose created questions along the way and chose various hotspots on the motorway. Caroline Gogan from the Julia’s House Children’s Hospice corporate events team says “It was the first year we’d done Execs in Wrecks and it was a huge success. Each company paid £5,000 to enter a team which raised at least £45,000. The whole concept gave us the chance to bring new big companies on board for our fundraising and each team had its own fund raising target. We plan to make this a yearly event and we definitely want to work with Wildgoose again. The treasure hunt was a grand finale to a great weekend and despite more than a few hangovers in the teams – not the wreck drivers! – competition was fierce and everyone just had so much fun.”
Another first time event was for the Peter McVerry Trust, a charity for the homeless based in Dublin. It was done on a relatively small scale as a trial, with just four companies paying £500 each to have a team in the Wildgoose challenge. Wildgoose’
For the past four years Wildgoose Events have worked with Land Aid, a charity which is like Comic Relief for the property industry. This year for its popular Land Aid team building event the charity came up with the concept of Mission Impossible and worked with Wildgoose to deliver a Spy Catcher themed event enjoyed by 29 teams and raising over £9,000 for the charity.
Joanna Averley, LandAid Chief Executive says “‘Wildgoose have hosted our LandAid Day treasure hunt for the past four years. For each event, the Wildgoose team have given us a fantastic level of service, value for money, technological expertise and – most importantly – a great sense of humour, ably handling hundreds of participants at what is one of the most popular events in the LandAid calendar. They have injected a huge amount of fun into our fundraising activities, and are always willing to facilitate specific theme requests into the event. We really couldn’t recommend them highly enough.’
Peter Barker, Operations Director at Wildgoose says “We love working with charities and the nature of our unique GPS Challenge team building events means they are an ideal offer as part of their corporate fundraising. Companies are not only donating money to the charity, they are also getting a team building event which helps improves their team work, communication and creativity. We love the idea of putting the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’
“Obviously there is a cost involved in delivering these events but the costs to the charity are kept to a minimum and we work with them to ensure that the event is a great experience for the participants as well as providing ideas on how other charities have made these events a substantial fundraising activity. Our next event will be for the Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice in St Albans who are partnering with their local Chamber of Commerce for an event - another great opportunity for the charity to forge a longer term relationship with the business community.
“We want to take this idea a step further next year and offer a number of charities an opportunity to be our ‘Charity of the Month’.
“We will work with them to deliver a unique event which they can market as a ‘corporate fundraiser’ in much the same way we have done with the other charities we’ve been working with this year. We think it’s quite a compelling offer and are inviting charities to contact us if they feel this is something from which they could benefit.”
For more information please contact Peter at Wildgoose Events on 0845 8382402, drop him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.huntthegoose.co.uk