Day 96 – The Little Book Fair That Could (and other fundraising amazingness!)
Never underestimate the power of the small stuff.
When we approached our fundraising – we looked at how doing small things can make big differences. For all of last week, I ran a Charity Book Fair out of my classroom (Thanks to this great suggestion from my friend, Jodie!). I collected books that people dropped off or asked me to pick up for about a month leading up to the Fair. These were donations from anyone and everyone. Some people donated only a few books, and some people donated boxes and boxes of their previously loved reads. It didn’t cost me a thing – other than my time to sort through, categorize and price each book individually. By the time I was selling I probably had over 1,500 books to sell. My prices were the best in Singapore (even beating the prices that the Salvation Army sells their books for). Books ranged from $0.50 – a few at $5. But most of my books sold for $1 or $2.
My little Book Fair became very popular thanks to the help of the PTA and teachers spreading the word (a huge thank you to PTA mom and all-around amazing person, Heather White for helping me spread the word of the Book Fair to the parent community at school). Gradually, my classroom became a VERY popular spot. At recess and lunch I would have my classroom absolutely filled with students who were excited about getting a new book (and they were also excited with how cheap the books were!) Teachers were bringing their classes down to buy books or buying books for their classrooms. It was awesome.
My little Book Fair raised $2,117 SGD and was pretty much cleaned out of books at the end of the week (thanks to a trusty “Stuff-A-Bag Sale” idea stolen from my days working at George!) and a wonderful student in Grade 5 who committed herself to helping me every single day. I would hire her in a second if I owned a retail store – she was amazing and could run the whole thing by herself while also eating her lunch at the same time!
Small things can definitely lead to big differences!
Our Clothes Swap ran under the same concept also raising over $2,000. And so did the Weigh-In event with our little Horserace Sweepstakes taking in over $7,000 SGD. As well as our online donation page – with people contributing various amounts both big and small and currently sitting at just under $12,000 USD. And our Charity Raffle was another amazing success with each member of the squad selling tickets to friends, colleagues and family and bringing in just under $13,000 SGD itself. wow!
These things have added up to something amazing. Something HUGE. Something that will absolutely change people’s lives at the Children’s Surgical Centre for the better.
As a squad, we have (to-date) raised…..
wait for it……
approximately $46,260 USD (based on exchange rates from xe.com)
Yes you read that right! And yes I have done the calculations over and over again because I just couldn’t believe my eyes.
We would like to make it to $50,000 USD before Fight Night and I truly believe in the power of the small stuff. So please donate a little or donate a lot (and ask your friends to do the same) – it really does have the ability to add up to something phenomenal. 🙂
p.s. we will be updating our online donation page with our offline donations as well so you can also see how close we are to our final $50,000 USD goal before next week!
I thank each and every one of you who has helped to contribute to our fundraising. We absolutely couldn’t have done it without you.