No one needs a dock building contractor or a million-dollar outreach campaign to raise money for their favorite charity. Just grab some scrap building materials and show your willingness to put your back into it.
In the video, “Row, Row, Row for Charity,” the retired British Army Major. Michael Stanley built a rowboat from corrugated iron in order to raise money for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in the United Kingdom. He took part in the hospice’s GetActive Challenge in October 2020. He intended to raise one thousand British pounds by creating his own GetActive challenge but surpassed that first total right away.
He raked in an impressive 15,000 pounds sterling. Through his efforts, Major Stanley raised a staggering 43,000 British pounds in all after he rowed 100 miles from Hunston to Chichester Basin. The delighted hospice reported that the sum would fund as many as 200 home visits to local hospice patients or pay for the services of a community nurse specialist for a single hospice patient for two entire months.
Dubbed the “Tintanic,” the handmade boat sold on eBay for 480 British pounds after Stanley completed his voyage. Although the original craft found a new owner right away, fans may still build their own corrugated iron Chichester cruiser using Major Stanley’s “Guide to Building Tintanic.
” If anyone feels competitive, they can row longer, raise more money, or build a watercraft of their own design. Anyone wishing to create their own GetActive fundraiser can contact Alison Moorey, CEO of St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham, United Kingdom for details. If building your own watercraft seems too daunting, no problem! Be a donor instead. Whether you donate directly to St.
Wilfrid’s or you supply materials to someone more comfortable using the tools of their trade, everyone benefits in the end.
Folks not living in the United Kingdom can still participate in a GetActive campaign of their own. Download St. Wilfrid’s free supporter pack for ideas on how to create your own fundraiser or to learn how to participate in the virtual walk on the official online Hospice Trail. If walking or rowing does not appeal, supporters can create challenges of their own, making and selling jewelry, baked goods, or homemade crafts; holding car washes; or compiling favorite recipes from community groups, schools, or places of worship. Include photos and video of yourself, family members, friends, donors, and other participants as they take part in each phase of your customized fundraising challenge. Go head to head with coworkers, community groups, or sister cities to see who raises the most money; walks runs or rides the longest distance; or sells the most pies, cakes, or cookies. No matter what you choose to do, everything helps.