Fundraising ideas

Everyone can play a part in helping us reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals by
raising funds for our work.

Not sure what you could do? Check out these tried-and-tested ideas:

Get sponsored

Need a challenge to get you more active? Whether you’re taking on a walk, cycle, swim, or running a marathon, ask friends and family to sponsor you for Mary’s Meals. Remember, you don’t need to be sporty to get sponsors — how about a silence, a fast, or a musical challenge?

The Big Blue Breakfast

Why not invite a few people round for a hearty porridge breakfast? You could offer a range of toppings and collect donations in a Mary’s Meals Big Blue mug. To request a mug just contact the fundraising team.

The Big Blue mug isn’t just a moneybox, it’s a replica of the mugs used by children in Malawi for their daily meal and a symbol of our simple school feeding idea.

Front room film night

Having your friends round to watch a film may not sound like a money-maker, but if you prepare some nibbles and ask for donations on entry, you could be surprised how much you’ll raise. For some added glitz, you could decorate your front room like a cinema or have a fancy dress theme based on your favourite movie.

If you’d like to show our half-hour documentary Child 31 before the main feature, we can send you a screening pack. Just drop a line to our fundraising team.

Meals around the world

You could host a ‘Meals around the World’ event, whether it’s a buffet at school or in your workplace, or a dinner party at home. Lay on some international dishes and invite your guests to try them in return for a donation.

Give it up for Mary’s Meals

Why not use Mary’s Meals as your inspiration to kick a bad habit? Whatever you would usually spend on your vice can quickly add up, so whatever it is, give it up for Mary’s Meals!

Bakes and shakes

Everyone loves a cake sale. Succulent sponges and chocolate tray bakes are difficult to turn down, but why not offer a healthy choice by selling fruit shakes too? Get the aprons on, sleeves up – and watch the donations roll in!

Dress down, clean up

Suggest a casual clothes day at your school or workplace, charging a donation from everyone for the privilege. Or why not set a dress down theme and ask everyone to wear Mary’s Meals blue for the day?

Either way, you’ll be surprised how many hungry children your efforts will help.

Next Steps…

Once you’ve decided what to do, we’ve got lots of downloadable resources to help you plan and publicise your event or fundraising activities – visit our fundraising resources page or order one of our free fundraising packs.

If you need anything else to get your fundraising efforts going, contact us online or call us on 0141 336 7094.

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