One of our first fundraisers, Bonnie Charron from Ottawa, ON, held her first event on Halloween to raise funds and awareness for Mercy Ships!
“As a proud supporter of Mercy Ships Canada, I wanted to bring Mercy Ships’ special mission to the attention of my co-workers. Halloween offered the perfect opportunity for me to sponsor a gift basket of Halloween items (candy, office decorations, a fancy mask, etc.) and raffle it off – any co-worker making a donation in person or online had their name added to the draw. I also provided each donor with a small Halloween treat bag with a few candies and a Mercy Ships Air Miles card inside! Some of the words expressed when co-workers heard about the work of Mercy Ships were “amazing”, “incredible”, “heart-warming”, “wow” etc.
It was so gratifying to hear people discover Mercy Ships for the first time. For a small contribution from me (around $25 for the gift basket and treats), we raised over $150 for Mercy Ships. The dollars are important, but the goal of the fundraiser was really awareness – I hope that some have been inspired to become monthly donors and/or to use their Air Miles card regularly. With the holiday season coming up, I encouraged many to carry it in their wallets and use it at least once when out doing their holiday shopping. I was really pleased with the response and will be looking for more opportunities to hold these types of awareness-building fundraisers as I move through my volunteer and professional circles in the coming months.”
-Bonnie Oakes Charron