5 Ways to Fundraise for an Automated External Defibrillator
With Automated External Defibrillators being a high priced item, yet essential for saving lives in heart-related emergencies it can be contemplative determining how and when to make the purchase.
Defibrillator stories are continuously in the news and we are avid readers, Like us on Facebook for daily news stories related to lives saved by defibrillators and stories of how other people are fundraising for the cause worldwide.
Luckily, the First Aid Canada team has put together a few ideas to help kick-start your fundraising campaign for a defibrillator:
Community Bottle Drive
Community bottle drives are a great way for an organization to fundraise, especially during the summer months when the weather is favourable and people are collecting recyclables from weekend trips, barbecues and backyard shenanigans. By creating an event for your sports time or association you can draw attention before the collection by posting about it on social media and relaying to friends and family.
Community Car Wash
Similar to a community bottle drive, a community car wash is a great option for summer months. A great tip for events such as this is to create an event on Facebook. This can be created easily from your cellphone and can reach hundreds and even thousands of people!
Creating a Calendar
We’ve seen some pretty creative calendar ideas in the news! From firefighters stripping down to volleyball players striking their best pose, creating calendars is a great way to raise money. Producing a calendar is relatively inexpensive and print shops may even be open to donating their services for free. Whether it be for work, a sports team, a community centre, selling an exclusive calendar is a great way to bring in a lot of cash!
Collecting donations is another great way to raise money for a defibrillator. There are many cases of organizations and associations doing this worldwide. From boy scouts to lawn bowling teams going door-to-door and approaching friends and family with your story can help raise attention and funds to a worthy cause. Don’t forget there are a lot of websites which enable you to collect donations more easily such as GoFundMe!
Lastly, fun challenges such as polar bear swims are a great way to collect pledges for defibrillators. By asking friends, families and your community for fundraising pledges to reach a goal to participate in a challenge, you are not only raising funds for the cause, but creating awareness around defibrillators and heart health!
We love to hear from you! If you or anyone in your community have fundraised for a defibrillator or are currently doing so let us know. For more information on defibrillators you can click here or contact us between the hours of 9-5 (EST) at 1-855-322-4243.