We have received a lot of contact from supporters who want to do something but aren’t sure what they can do in the current climate. To make this easier, we have come up with a short list of virtual fundraising ideas. All these challenges are compatible with social distancing and isolation measures. They range in difficulty and commitment required so hopefully you can find something that suits you.

Coronavirus has changed everything for Creating Better Futures. In Zimbabwe, schools have closed and we are now delivering meal packages to the families at risk of going without food. In the UK, our team continue to work from home. We have cancelled our traditional fundraising events due to rules on social gatherings, but keep working to support our appeal.

For all this change, one thing remains… your willingness to make a difference.

Please read on and get in touch if you see something you like. We can help you to organise, promote and share your challenge.

Creating Better Futures’ Virtual Fundraising Ideas

Personal Fundraiser

Personal Fundraiser: Shave your head

Many people in Zimbabwe, including women, keep their hair short because of the heat. This summer you can take up the challenge and create a new look for yourself!

We don’t know when hairdressers will open, so why not raise some money and do it yourself?

Social Media Fundraiser

Social Media Fundraiser: Facebook birthday celebration

It looks like big birthday celebrations are on hold for a while. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mark your day by making a difference. Start a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and celebrate with your friends and family. You might even get a personal message of thanks from the children in Zim! Read Our guide to Facebook Birthday Fundraisers.

Business Fundraiser

Business Fundraiser: Run a session for your clients or with your staff

Local businesses have already made a HUGE difference to our coronavirus appeal. Rossella Kench ran belly dance classes whilst Elite Conditioning and Orchard Life Yoga held exercise classes on Zoom. Friendtex Fashion and House of Colour hosted a Fashion Show.  If you are in a position to do so you could put on a session for your clients and/or hold a fundraiser among your team.

This is also an opportunity to introduce your business to our supporters.

Family Fundraiser

Family Fundraiser: Water walk

In Zimbabwe, most families live without running water so they have to collect it from a pump. The average child will walk 45 minutes every day, carrying a gallon of water (weighing 4 kilograms). Think about how often we use water, for washing, drinking, bathroom, gardening and more.

This challenge raises awareness for the children collecting water every day and demonstrates the obstacles they face to access something as basic as water.  All you need to do is spend some time doing laps of your garden whilst carrying a bucket of water. 

Working from Home Fundraiser

Working from Home Fundraiser: Donate your commute

In 2019 Lloyds Bank found that the average Briton spends around £800 on commuting each year. Many of us have saved a lot once we started working from home. You could make a huge difference by donating some of these savings to our appeal. The saving’s from a week’s travel could feed a family in Zimbabwe for two!

Harder Personal Fundraiser

Harder Personal Fundraiser: “Climb” Kilimanjaro from your home

Usually, we would love a trip to Africa’s highest mountain. But sadly we’re not expecting to be there for a while. Instead, we have got the next best thing: climbing the equivalent height on the stairs in your home. You would need to climb 2500 flights of stairs to equal the 5895m ascent. A harness is optional!

Ultimate Fundraiser

Ultimate Fundraiser: Recreate Dorothy’s journey

Finally, we arrive at our biggest challenge: recreating Dorothy’s journey. We want you to celebrate Dorothy’s achievements by getting on your bike and recreating the 5150-mile journey from Domboshawa, Zimbabwe, to our office in Reading.

This is a huge challenge and we wouldn’t want you to do it alone. Get yourself a team of friends or colleagues and get fit. Here are some of the ways for your team to collectively complete the 5150-mile ride:

  • Get your office to start cycling to work. Complete the distance together as you commute over the following weeks. You will also be doing your bit for the planet.
  • Join a group of friends for three longer leisurely rides every week.
  • Gather a team of experienced cyclists and break the distance into 50-60 mile sessions.

This is a bigger, longer and harder challenge, but would definitely be worth it!

Other than those mentioned above, there are various ways to fundraise for us.

To help find out what is right for you, we have created an A – Z list categorized by type, target, difficulty and more. We would love to hear your ideas. Click the button below to tell us more about your challenge or event, and we can provide you with some tips or guidance and help promote it. 


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