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Have Fun While Fundraising
Do you like raising money for charity?  Do you like being outdoors?  The staff at sure does.  So we thought we would take a moment to highlight some amazing activities that combine the two and are coming up in the next 3 months.  These are not just your average 5/10k events (although we think those are great).  These events not only get you outside, their organizers’ thought outside the box and have created opportunities for fun and lasting memories while helping to raise much needed funds for very worthy causes.  So whether you just like to see nature, are ready to push your endurance to the limit, or you are looking for an adventure, there is something here for you.

October 18, 2014 Hingham, MA = The Snug Pub is sponsoring their annual Fall Foliage Ride Against Hunger.  You can enjoy a one day cycle along the Atlantic coast, see the famous changing leaves of New England and end your ride with drinks and food in the pub.  All while you raise money for the Hingham Food Pantry!

October 18, 2014 Newcastle to Gateshead, England = The Tyne Bridge Zip Slide for MS.  Experience zipping 230 metres across the Tyne River and earn money for Multiple Sclerosis at the same time!

October 19, 2014 Beijing, China = The Beijing Marathon is a huge event that each year attracts many professional and recreational runners.  While all of them may not be running for charity, you certainly can.  You can chose to support one of the five official charities, like the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children ( CCAFC ) or the Bethel•Beijing-Marathon Welfare Cooperation Program, which helps children with visual impairments.

October 25, 2014 Sherwood Forest, England = Join a group of fun loving walkers and spooky ghosts for this night hike through Sherwood Forest for Halloween. Can’t make it on the 25th?  The Forest of Dean and Epping Forest are having similar hikes on November 1, 2014.  You can pick from a huge list of charities to support with your fundraising efforts.

October 31, 2014 USA = On Halloween Day go trick-or-treating for UNICEF!  You can order an orange box on their website and then ask for UNICEF donations as you trick-or-treat.  It is a great way to teach your kids that you can have fun and give to others.

November 2 – 9, 2014 Sahara Desert = Spend a week trekking through the Sahara Desert with the group from CharityChallenge.  You will have a once in a lifetime experience and you and all the other participants will be fundraising for the charity of your choice.

November 8, 2014 Conwy, North Wales = Walk on Hot Coals.  Yep, you read correctly.  The Blind Veterans UK Fire Walk Challenge asks you the question, do you feel lucky?  Hope you do as this event is raising money for a great cause.

November 16, 2014 Melbourne, Australia = Join The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet!  It is thousands of people covered in powdered colors laughing, walking, running and dancing.  The whole point is to have fun.  While the event itself is not a charity event they highly encourage you to “run for a cause” and to that end they have partnered with a variety of organizations to help with fundraising.

December 4, 2014 Secret Harbour, Western Australia = Come out for the Kev Klassic Charity Golf Day.  Spend the day golfing and raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

December 5 – 13, 2014 Thailand = Take a Thailand Jungle Expedition.  Trek, raft and kayak through the forests and mountains of the Thung Yai Nareusan Wildlife Sanctuary home of the Karen people and the Bridge over the River Kwai.  You will visit one of the 4 villages that CharityChallenge helps in the region and you can fund-raise money for the cause of your choice.

December 7, 2014 London, UK= The annual Santa Run in Victoria Park.  Join hundreds of other Santas as you run or walk to raise funds for one of hundreds of participating causes (you get to pick which one).   Don’t have a Santa suit?  Don’t worry, they provide them for all the runners!  Not in London? There are similar events throughout December in cities across the world.

If you don’t find something here that appeals to you.  Then head to the Resources Section and search under Funding & Grants.  There you will find a variety of companies that specialize in helping you have fun while you raise money.  We found all the events above plus hundreds more on the sites listed there.  Know of an event and want to tell us? Post a comment and let us all know!

6 years ago