Fundraising Tips

Not sure how to get started on your fundraising journey, or want to take your fundraising progress to the next level?

Here are some handy hints to help you step up!

Join Our Fred’s Big Run Facebook Community

Join here - This is the place to be if you want to get even more involved with the Fred's Big Run community! You can discuss training and running tips, as well as get fundraising ideas from the community. Plus, it's great to see how everyone else is going with their challenge, and support each other through it too!

Upload a profile image

Upload a profile image so that people can find you on the website and see who they are supporting. Tell your story, update the blog regularly and share your enthusiasm and passion for restoring sight.

Lead the way and sponsor yourself

Once you're underway, your friends and family will be encouraged to follow and make their donations to help reach your goal. Once you have achieved your goal, you do have the option to increase it! As long as there's a goal to aim for, people will give.

Make use of your resources!

Download our Fred’s Big Run resources from our resources page, and add them to your emails, social posts and more to get the word out about your challenge!

Ask and you will receive

Ask everyone you know to support your efforts to restore sight. Log in to your fundraising account, go to 'My Fundraising', then 'Get Support'.

We’ve done most of the work for you – select one of our email templates and send to your own email address where you can personalise, before forwarding to your contacts.

Remember - if you don’t ask, people won't know. If you tell people about your efforts to run/walk 50km or more in August, they will likely want to support your challenge and donate. You may be surprised who will support your challenge to help restore sight to needlessly blind people.

And don’t forget to thank your supporters for their donation!

Make a pledge

A great way to get support for your challenge is to make a pledge to do something fun when you reach a fundraising target!

For example, you could pledge to run through your local area dressed up as a superhero after reaching a fundraising target.

You could also pledge to run a long distance in a short period of time, run from landmark to landmark or if you’re feeling brave you could run a kilometre for every dollar you raise!

Social Media is key!

Facebook is the perfect platform for fundraising. People who use social media raise on average twice as much as other fundraisers!

Share your fundraising page on all your social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to maximise your donations. Read our FAQs on Facebook Fundraising.

Send a personal message to your friends explaining your reasons to help needlessly blind people and ask for their support.

Social media resources

Sample Social post: “I’ve started a new challenge! Fred’s Big Run is a virtual challenge to walk or run 50km or more during the month of August. I’m running Xkm and fundraising for The Fred Hollows Foundation to restore sight to needlessly blind people. Help me carry on Fred’s vision by supporting my run. Every bit helps! Just $25 can restore sight.”