There are endless possibilities when it comes to awareness and fundraising events and your imagination is really the only limit. Be sure to register you event so we can help advertise and link you up with other folks in your area. It’s also worth dropping in to your local non-government organisation (NGO) or community environment group as they might be able to help you out with printing materials and social networking. Check out our resources here. (More to come very soon.)
Whatever you are passionate about, be it yoga, footy, pub night or book club, can be a great basis for creating an event. If your fundraiser is connected to an existing community or social event you already have an audience, before you even start advertising to the wider community.
Everyone loves a good movie night with their mates. Spread the word around, create a Facebook event and pop up some flyers on your local community noticeboard. Have a set price or ask for a donation on entry. You could host it in your home, in a cafe or town hall - wherever you think is the most appropriate place for your event. If you’re having a private event, you could do some baking and sell your baked goods for some extra funds. It can also be really inspiring to have someone come and speak at your event. Contact us if you would like some support. Some suggested movies are Black Hole, Guarding the Galilee, The Bentley Effect and Frackman.
Throw a #BlockAid gig/party
Gather your musical mates, pick a date that suits them and find a venue. If the venue sells alcohol, maybe they’ll donate some of the alcohol profits to the cause. (This may not work, but its worth asking!). Maybe you could make it a themed event and dress up. Sell some of those nifty screen prints that you knocked up for the market stall and take peoples details (name, postcode, phone number and email) to sign them up to the Front Line Action on Coal mailing list and action updates. Get in contact with us and don’t forget to register your event.
Market stall/ Street canvass
Rise with the sun and take some info to the people of your town. You will need:
- at least two people
- a table
- a tin for donations
- a marquee/shade tent
It’s also useful to have information that includes:
- the impacts Adani’s mega mine will have on climate, culture, community and environment
- the bigger picture – why this coal is so last century
- upcoming events in the local area
- updates from #BlockadeAdani
Creative types could D.I.Y. some screen printed patches or T-shirts to sell. Some markets will require you to have market insurance, but not all, so don’t be discouraged. If putting on a market stall is a bit much, you could always just get out and do some street canvassing. This will be very similar to a market stall but without the stall or the market. The only paper you need is the information you want people to take home and a little something to back up your points (helps to have this on a very official looking clip board). The rest of the info comes from your mouth to their ears. It’s important to remain friendly and open minded. You may get people who will ignore you or even be rude, but don’t let this get you down, you will get people who will listen and every inspired person will inspire another.