Australian Fundraising Ideas Blog

Learn the secrets to holding a fun and profitable fundraiser from Mr Fundraising himself, Billy G - and others who have made fundraising work for their school or organisation!

Raffle Fundraiser For The Holiday Season

As the season of giving approaches, making some preparations for a fundraising event becomes necessity. If you do not have any fundraising ideas yet, raffle fundraiser will surely be a fantastic idea. There are five popular holiday raffles for you to choose from and all of them offer unadulterated fun and excitement for the whole family to love. There is a vast range of choices such as Resort Holiday Raffle, Fiji Holiday Raffle and Gold Coast Raffle that will give you more reasons to materialize your fundraising plans. It is a good way to kickstart a fundraising event and if you book a 2 night raffle, you will be entitled to receive $50 off your invoice and $75 off for those who book a 4 night raffle. Exciting discounts await those who opt for 5 or 7 night raffle and all participants also get to choose from either 30 Silicon Fashion Slap-on Watches valued at $300 or 700 Glow Sticks valued at $140.Choose raffle fundraiser and you can get up to 70% profit.

Winner of our Family Holiday Fundraiser Promotion

Winners of our 2015 Family Holiday Promotion
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Each year we run a major family holiday promotion whereby families who support their organisation's fundraisers can go into a draw to win a family holiday at a much sought after destination and staying in high class accommodation. This promotion is offered with the goal of increasing participation from the families and supporters in the organisations that use our various fundraising programs.

We are very pleased to announce that this year's winner is the Hallet family from St Augustine's College (Kyabram). St. Augustine's College ran our always popular Gold Coast raffle fundraiser. Our sincere thank you go to the Hallets and other families that supported their organisation's fundraisers.

I hope there aren't too many fights within the family as they have the big decision of selecting from:
GOLD COAST - Staying at Sea World Resort & Water Park with entries to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild Water Park. Also included is a $1,000 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.
HAMILTON ISLAND - Staying at the Reef Hotel, full breakfast daily, Kids Stay and Eat Free. Also included is a $1,500 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.
FIJI - Staying at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, full breakfast daily, Kids Play Free at the  Lai Lai Kids' Club, Kids Dining Discount meals. Also included is a $2,000 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.

Which holiday would you select?

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2015 Family Holiday Promotion - BALI
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Next year we will be offering the new Holiday Inn Bali Benoa Resort as the destination for the Family Holiday Promotion. Unlike other promotions, there are no black out periods, and the winners can use it over school holidays throughout the year. There is a $30 per night surcharge for the peak period of 25 December 2015 - 7 January 2016.

It is for seven (7) nights. Accommodation is in a Family Connecting Room consisting of two rooms: a King Room connecting with a Twin room for the children. The holiday is for two (2) adults and three (3) children.

Inclusions at the Resort include:
- full buffet breakfast for all
- free WiFi
- use of four (4) pools including a kid's pool
- Kids eat Free
- complimentary use of the Kid's Club

Also included is a $2,000 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.

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Australian Fundraising is a dedicated fundraising supply company. Our mission is to assist organisations run successful fundraisers when using our various fundraising programs and services.
Our fundraising programs include:
Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough
School Walk and Run for Fun
School Spell-a-thon
Five self-run Raffle Fundraisers
Crest Chocolates
Scratch & Support Fundraising Cards

Please don't hesitate to contact our office on 1300 133 022 if we can be of assistance or you can request a Fundraising Information Pack at our website.

 

Wishing you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

Planning your fundraising ideas and running your fundraising plans!

Assistance with planning your fundraising ideas and running your fundraising plans!

Have you heard of the saying: You can have a million $ idea but unless you implement it successfully it is worthless.

Planning is essential for a successful fundraiser
If you're new to the role of fundraising coordinator, life will be much simpler when you adequately plan your fundraising events and programs through the various stages of setting them up, running and completing them. If you're an old hand at fundraising, I can assure you there's always something new you will find that will help you!

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What Australian Fundraising can do for you?
Australian Fundraising is a ONE STOP SHOP for fundraising coordinators. Over the last 15 years we have established our own collection of successful fundraising programs.

But just as importantly, we have developed and supply a range of knowledge, materials and services that substantially supports fundraising coordinators in their quest to run successful and profitable fundraisers in an easy and efficient manner. When you're successful, we're successful!

We can help you develop a strategy for various fundraising programs and events throughout the year or season. We take into account your budget, location, the size and type of your group and past successes and failures.

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Elements to Planning
You can easily download two free Fundraising Planning Guides at the Free Tools section on our website (see below). Without going into too much detail here, I set out some commentary on each of the planning elements. But there is nothing better than a bit of a chin wag with our team of friendly and helpful consultants. We're ready to talk to you on 1300 133 022.

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Setting goals for your budget
- What is your budget?
- What improvements do your group want to accomplish from the monies raised?
Selecting your fundraising products, services and events
- Do you have to pay up front?
- Do they take back unsold stock?
- What profit do you make? For instance, with Fun Run/Athon suppliers which company provides the highest % profit AND the most benefits? Do your research, don't take things on face value.
- Do they supply printed order forms?
- Do they provide incentive prizes?
- Do they supply an accounting, record keeping and order system?
- Do they supply promotional posters?
Planning the timing of your fundraising programs and events throughout the year
- Develop a calendar in conjunction with events at the school
- Some products work better in warmer months vs colder months
- Plan around your "staple" fundraisers such as Mother's and Father's Day stalls
- Don't run two fundraisers together and too close to each other
- Don't run too many fundraisers as your families will cease supporting you
- Don't run over the school holidays
Securing helpers to assist your fundraising co-ordinator
- Your coordinator can't do it all
- Secure helpers on the basis that they will assist for a particular fundraiser not all fundraisers unless they're prepared to do so
Setting up your fundraiser
- Work out your start date and where and when monies and orders are to be returned
- Don't give your parents too much time. They'll just sit on it!
- Plan quantities required based on your number of families
- Organise for the receipt of order/sponsorship brochures at least two weeks before you want to hand them out
- Print off your accompanying parent's letters two weeks hand out
Promoting the fundraiser to your families and supporters
- About a week before the start, send home a letter and enewsletter about the forthcoming fundraiser
- Attach an information letter with the order/sponsorship brochures advising the reason for the fundraiser, the products and program on offer, date and location of monies, prize incentive details
- Organise a kick-off session at a school parade
- Put up promotional posters throughout the school or club
- The information letters, enewsletters and parade must include a safety message
Maintaining excitement for the duration of the fundraiser
- Send home reminder letters and enewsletters during the fundraiser
- Remind students at subsequent parades
- Consider little prizes handed out on parade each week for various achievements
Implement sound accounting and money record keeping systems
- Have a second person assist in the collection of monies
- Ensure money is banked daily
- Use an easy to use tally program that records monies and orders received and which automatically produces your order for the supplier
- Because of privacy reasons, ensure the tally program you are provided with doesn't allow the retention of student's names by the supplier or third party. That's why at Australian Fundraising we don't put our Tally System up on our website for use by groups but instead provide groups with a System they place on their own computer
Thank your helpers and supporters
- Send home a letter and enewsletter thanking your families for supporting your fundraiser
- Shout your helpers to a luncheon as a thank you for their support and assistance. Or give them a bunch of flowers.

I trust the above is of some assistance. We are here to support you so please don't hesitate to contact us on 1300 133 022.

Download planning guides:
Fundraising Planning Guide. Click here
The Ultimate Australian Fundraising Planning Guide. Click here

You can view our products and services at our website. Click here
Our products include:
Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. Click here
School Walk or Run For Fun Sponsorship Program. Click here
School Spell-a-thon Sponsorship Program. Click here
Six great raffles (Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Bali, Fiji, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, New Zealand). Click here
Crest Chocolates

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Choosing Fundraising Ideas, Fundraising Programs and Events

Looking for fundraising ideas and programs for your school, child care centre, sporting club and community group?

There are so many options such as a cookie dough drive, fun runs, walk-a-thons, spell-a-thons, kick-a-thons, fancy dress day, sausage sizzle, movie night, chocolate drive, car boot sale, raffles, fetes and fairs, cent auction, plates, discos, trivia night, Mother's Day/Father's Day stalls and much more.

And with so many co-ordinators working and being time poor, in so many cases you need to use the services of an outside fundraising company that supply products and services and can assist you in setting up your fundraisers.

Don't do too much!
Before we get into too much detail, a word of caution: don't run too many fundraisers as you will alienate your parents and supporters and they will cease supporting your fundraisers? And also your co-ordinator will get burnt out. It is best to run a major fundraiser per term than 5-6 smaller fundraisers.

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We've been around since 1999
We're plugging our own products and services but at Australian Fundraising we've been in fundraising since 1999, have developed a range of highly successful fundraising programs, supply all of the materials and services you require to run a successful campaign and we're dedicated to the success of your fundraisers. We're a proud family owned and run business, not a multinational. With the support of our friendly and knowledgeable staff, we all do our best and work hard for your families.
Please click here to view our website.

 

No Money Up Front
I'm sure it will be refreshing for you to know that your group doesn't need to pay any money up front to commence our fundraisers if your group is a school, registered sporting club, child care centre or other approved groups.

I'll talk about budgets, setting targets, calendars, promoting your fundraisers in a further article.

FUNDRAISING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Raffles - a major fundraiser for schools, sporting clubs and charity groups, and also ideal for school fetes 
Why not go back to basics and run a raffle? But not just any raffle, a major one with a much sought after holiday destination with the winners staying in top class accommodation! And where all of the personalised raffle tickets, holiday prize, promotional posters and ticket tally systems are provided!

There are several raffle choices: Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast including theme park entries, Reef Hotel on Hamilton Island, Sheraton Fiji, Holiday Inn Benoa in Bali, Rydges Hotels and Resorts in Australia and New Zealand. Inclusions can include free daily buffet breakfast and Kids Eat & Stay Free where applicable.

Work out your start and end dates, the date and location for your draw and we set it all up for you!

Click here to go to our raffle page and then to the raffle that you are interested in.


Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough
There are certain products that over the years have become well known fundraisers. Billy G's Cookie Dough is one of them.
Great for schools, child care centres, sporting clubs and community groups.
An AMBER PRODUCT.

Everybody loves Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. That's my ugly face on the tub! It's our own recipe, made in Australia and I think it is the best tasting on the market, both here and in the USA. That's a pretty big call but it is a great tasting product.

There are 8 flavours including Choc Chunk, White Choc Macadamia, Gluten Free and the pooches of Australia are all in favour of our new Doggie Dough! You can store it in either your freezer or refrigerator and it can be refrozen.

It is an easy fundraiser being an order form drive and your families get their orders and payments up front from families and friends. We supply the order forms for your families and supporters, parent's letters promotional posters, prizes for your sellers and an easy to use order system that automatically produce your cookie dough order for us to supply to you.

Click here for the cookie dough page

Athons
These have been around for donkey years but funnily enough we come across so many schools that don't do them. Perhaps it's because they take so long to finalise when run as a cent/$ donation per lap or word and the kids have to go back to all of their sponsors after the event to collect their sponsorship $. And the co-ordinators have to source all of the incentive prizes.

We've made it a breeze to set-up and run an a-thon: our a-thon fundraising system includes the kids getting their sponsorship $ up front as a donation, we supply all of the sponsorship brochures and posters, an easy to use tally system and a very strong prize program with over 70 prizes on offer to the students.

You'll be so surprised how much money you will make as your profit can be as high as 70% with absolutely no other outlays for admin, prizes, brochures, freight. And when you also use online fundraising your profits will rise even further.


Fun Run/Walk-a-thon/Lap-a-thon

It is so easy to run our athon fundraiser as a school fun run when combined with your school's cross country. If this is not possible, schools and sporting clubs run a walk-a-thon/lap-a-thon around their oval and sporting clubs will also run a kick-a-thon or goal-a-thon.
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Spell-a-thon

The Principal, teachers, parents and students will love this one. It is a fun fundraiser where the students will be motivated to learn their word lists, which in turn will help them with their reading.
Click here for the Spell-a-thon page

 

Support Materials

Because we've been around since 1999, we know what co-ordinators need to run a successful fundraiser with the least effort. As part of our commitment to an effortless fundraiser by your co-ordinator, we supply:
- tally systems
- promotional posters
- colour order forms and sponsorship brochures
- incentive prizes for your supporters
- parent's letters
- co-ordinator manuals

Please contact our office on 1300 133 022 for more information on how we can help you with your fundraising plans.

Cheers
Bill Gaydon

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2015 FUNDRAISING BONUSES FINISH SOON

Fundraising Ideas for 2015: Schools, childcare and kindy centres, sporting clubs and charity groups will receive special bonus prizes by registering their interest this year in running any one of our Australian Fundraising popular fundraising programs in 2015!

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Time is running out for your group to register this year, run any of our fundraising programs in 2015 and receive a series of strong bonus prizes for each of our fundraising programs. The cut off date is 19 December 2014.

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Early Registration Bonus Prizes
TERM 1 (for orders over 104 tubs)
- FREE FREIGHT for deliveries to most locations up to the value of $150
Commence your fundraiser by 27 March with delivery by 24 April for the free freight, or
- 800 Glow Sticks, valued at $160, or
- 300 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $150.

TERMS 2, 3 and 4
- 500 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
- 200 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $100.

Our new doggie dough is so popular!
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We can look you in the eye and say with all honesty that we provide schools with the most profitable school fun run/walk-a-thon/lap-a-thon fundraising program throughout Australia, together with the most benefits and inclusions. And now our early registration bonus prizes make our program even better for schools!

 

Early Registration Bonus Prizes
1. No Admin Fee (we never have to be honest)
2. 70% CLEAR CASH PROFIT
3. The largest and best selection of student prizes
4. Refreshing Berri Quelch Frozen Juice Sticks for all of your students (we deliver to your school)
5. Your student prizes will be pre-packed into class groups
6. Your highest fundraiser will receive a special reward prize
7. Highest fundraising class prize
8. Free freight/courier costs
9. Online fundraising with Everyday Hero
10. Student sponsorship brochures
11. Student participation certificates
12. Parent letters
13. Promotional posters
PLUS SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES:
14. 200 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $100, or
500 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
Spartan Ball Park, valued at $100.
PLUS MAJOR DRAW PRIZES:
15. $5,000 Cash Draw for using online fundraising
16. $5,000 Cash Draw for participating schools
17. Bali Holiday Family Draw Prize

The profit is based on your school being able to claim back the GST.
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Early Registration Bonus Prizes
1. 500 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
2. 200 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $100, and
3. Free Highest Fundraiser Prize for Option 1, or
pay only 32.5% (+GST) for Option 1.
The profit is based on your school being able to claim back the GST.
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Early Registration Bonus Prizes
1. 20 Silicon Slap-on fashion watches, valued at $200, or
2. 800 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
3. 300 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $150.
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The most profitable chocolate fundraiser at $31.25 profit per carry pack
Early Registration Bonus Prizes include iPads, iPods, Coles Myer Gift Cards, Caltex Fuel Cards, free product and more.
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Please phone our office on 1300 133 022 if you have any questions, would like to pre-register or to order our free Fundraising Information Pack. You can also request the Information Pack at our website by clicking here:
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You can also pre-register at our website by clicking here:
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Details on our programs can be found at our main website.
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New Fundraiser: Bali Holiday Raffle

New Fundraiser: Bali Family Holiday Raffle


Looking for new Fundraising ideas in 2015? Our new Bali Raffle will greatly assist your group achieve your fundraising target!
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Our new Bali Raffle is ideal for schools as a major fundraiser and as a fete raffle, for sporting clubs and charity events. It is your own self-run raffle with personalised, professionally printed raffle tickets.

Tickets are only $2 or $3 RRP, there is no money up front*, a payment plan and we can get your raffle fundraiser up and running within 2 weeks.

The Bali Raffle is new to our range of successful raffle fundraisers. Yugumbir State School made a clear profit of $8,000 after running our Fiji Raffle over a 3 week period.

PERFECT FAMILY HOLIDAY PRIZE
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Accommodation is at the new Holiday Inn Bali Benoa Resort which is located on Benoa Beach, Bali's most playful beach, just north of Nusa Dua and only 20 minutes from Kuta. The Resort boasts world class amenities including outstanding food and beverage experiences, four pools including kids pool, tranquil Tea Tree Spa and Kids Club.
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- Winners stay in a Family Connection Room which consists of a King Room connecting  with a Twin Room for the kids
- The prize is for 2 adults and up to 3 children (12 years and under)
- Daily breakfast for all and dinner is free for the kids at the Pasar Market Cafe
- Complimentary use of the Kids Club
- Free Wifi
- $2,000 Virgin Australia voucher or $1,000 Cash options
- 5 and 7 night options
- The accommodation and airfare vouchers have a 12 month expiry and there are no blackout dates

EASY TO SET UP AND RUN

We supply all of the materials to make your fundraiser a breeze to set up and run:
- Accommodation and airfare vouchers
- Personalised, professionally printed colour raffle tickets
- Promotional posters
- Seller incentive prizes
- Parent's information letters
- Ticket sales tally systems
- A4 colour advertisements for placement in your email newsletters
All you need to do is advise us of your start and end dates, draw date and venue, logo and within 2 weeks you'll receive your raffle tickets.

It is a very flexible process where we can print extra prizes on your tickets, book sizes will be determined on your group's size, extra tickets can be printed in the initial printing and also additional tickets can be printed after the commencement of your raffle.

PERMITS
We'll assist you with permits, if it is required.
QLD, NSW, TAS and SA:  Permits are not required for the raffle options on offer
WA and ACT: Permits are required
VIC: a Declared Status is required which your group may have from past raffles

Download the Bali Raffle 2PP 2 page flyer.

Please call our office on 1300 133 022 and we will help you with the right book and cost option that best suits your group. You can also request online our free Fundraising Info Pack on our Bali raffle and other fundraising program.

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Easy and Profitable Raffle Fundraising Program

Easy and Profitable Raffle Fundraising Program

Raffles are tremendous fundraising ideas for schools, sporting clubs and community groups. What better way to raise money than going back to basics and running a major raffle!

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  • NEW BALI AND NEW ZEALAND RAFFLE PACKAGES IN 2015
  • NO MONEY UP FRONT*
  • MAXIMISING YOUR PROFIT - NO SERVICE FEES AND NO TRANSACTION FEES PER TICKET
  • YOUR VERY OWN PERSONALISED RAFFLE

Running a raffle is one of the best and most profitable fundraisers for your school, sporting club or group. For a school, you can run our raffles as part of your regular term fundraising or as a lead in to fetes and fairs. Sporting clubs and other organisations love them. They have a high profit margin when implemented successfully. They’re easy to run and everybody loves a raffle when a holiday is available.

RESULTS

  • Engadine West Public School made a $16,000 profit.
  • Ferny Grove State Scholl made a $12,000 profit.
  • Yugumbir State School made a $8,000 profit.
  • Eungella State School with 65 students made a $6,500 profit.

SUCCESS

The basic keys for running a successful raffle are:

  1. Planning.
  2. Keep it simple for your co-ordinator.
  3. Using a strong holiday prize destination that creates interest with your families, and to potential purchasers that say “buy me”.
  4. Supplying your sellers with well presented raffle tickets that generate strong support from your families and in turn strong sales.
  5. Good communications with your sellers.
  6. Impactful promotions.
  7. Effective management of your ticket sales.

SELF RUN RAFFLES

Australian Fundraising offer the ultimate fundraising experience:
-  a large range of packages with various resort destinations both local and international. Just pick the destination that best works for your group!

  • Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast
  • Reef Hotel on Hamilton Island
  • Sheraton Fiji
  • Rydges Hotels and Resorts Australia wide
  • New Zealand
  • Bali

Our holiday packages are for two (2) adults and two (2) children.

  • groups are able to draw upon our 14 years of experience marketing our raffle fundraisers to a diverse range of schools, sporting clubs and groups. Pick our brains - we know what works!
  • All the management tools are provided to groups for effective communications, strong promotions and management controls. All of the work is done for you!      

EASY TO RUN

Co-ordinators are supplied with a comprehensive, complete raffle package where all the materials are supplied to make their raffle a breeze to set up and run. We will work with you for the complete package for your organisation:

  • The right size and holiday package that suits your group.
  • Low break evens and high profits.
  • Quick turnaround of raffle tickets.
  • Professionally printed, personalised, colour raffle tickets, and colourful book covers.
  • Promotional posters.
  • We supply the holiday and travel certificates.
  • Seller incentive prizes.
  • Parent letters templates.
  • Ticket sales tally systems.

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Discount vouchers to help increase fundraising profits

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$140 DISCOUNT VOUCHERS

For each of our fundraising programs utilised by your group, we will supply a discount voucher sheet to all of your families/participants who support your fundraisers.

This is a terrific offer. For instance, when your participants/families buy/sell just one tub of cookie dough for $16 or raise $10 in the My School Walk Or Run for Fun program they will receive over $140 in discount vouchers. Everyone is a winner when they support your fundraiser!

This should increase the support for your fundraisers which in turn will increase your profits for no extra effort on your part.

The vouchers will be despatched to you with the prizes or product and are available all year round.

View a sample of the discount voucher here. (PDF)

Fundraising programs that include FREE discount vouchers include:

  • Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough
  • My School Walk or Run for Fun
  • All four (4) raffle programs
  • My Card Shop in a Box
  • Cancer Council Sunscreen Fundraiser
  • Scratch and Support

Contact us for more details or you can easily book the fundrasier of your choice online.