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Roses for CF
For the past number of years, Alison Hamilton has been raising money for the Great Strides Walk through a simple, yet effective fundraiser by selling roses and coffee as colleagues enter their workplace during the morning rush. There are two distinct advantages to this fundraiser; the first being the limited time to prepare and execute. The second is the significant amount of money that is raised in a very short time frame.
Inspired by the 65 roses story, Alison started this fundraiser with a handful of coworkers and 65 single roses. Their first year’s goal of selling 65 roses began as a modest endeavor, but quickly turned into an annual event where they now sell out of 14 dozen roses in under 2 hours!
My team Enzyme Eliminators and I enjoy coming up with ideas on how we can do quick fundraisers. My favourite is our School fundraisers for we sell skunk stuffies (because CF stinks) at my daughter’s school and also our local community school with a video to watch on my daughter living with CF. Along with selling chocolates, garage sales, clothing party and bottle drive we have many different ideas to raise money last minute. We ask neighbours, family, friends to contribute to our events and use signs, videos and my daughter to help provide awareness. These don’t take a lot of time either. Like I always say, every dollar counts.
I reach out during May to raise awareness for CF because of May being Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month. Each day I post new information about Cystic Fibrosis and include our fundraising link. I believe by helping people understand CF and having the link available, it has help raise more funds. This is a picture of my daughter Ryley (with cf) and myself prior to our walk in 2016.