Any ideas about how to combine unicycles with fundraising events for charity organizations?
I’m familiar with cycling charity rides (Tour de Cure, MS 150, etc); those are all primarily for bicycles. I’m looking for a strong unicycling theme. Here in Durham, NC we have a number of local charities that are desparate for funds and public awareness - rape crisis, habitat for humanity, etc.
Please post a reply if 1) you have any fundraising ideas, 2) you have had experiences and can share your successes and failures or, 3) live in/near this area and would like to get involved.
In 1999 a young girl of 13 on Long Beach Island, New Jersey got involved in unicycling. She wanted to meet other riders and she wanted to raise money for an local environmental group. With the help of her mom, she searched the Internet for other riders in her area and got 5 or 6 interested in coming down.
Working with the environmental group they contacted the local police, established a route, and set a date.
4 riders including herself participated that first year. The raised a couple of hundred dollars and had a blast. At the end of the ride her family hosted a barbecue.
With word of mouth the following year and the year after that she had 11 riders. After that the number has been in the 30 range with a high one year of 36. Annual takes for the charity are in the $1000 to $2000 range. Many riders, myself included, have done it every year.
I have been helping organizing the event for the past couple of years (see my sig), but it was that young girls enthusiasm, the support of her family, and patience that got it going.
Getting something like this going is work, but I think anyone who’s done it will tell you it’s worth it.
host unicycle races at a local track and/or skate park. post fliers all around town and have people pay a (small) fee to enter. have different categories like muni, trials/freestyle, and races (speed). also have people pay to get in. inside the races have a raffle and possible have people bet (winner takes 1/2) if that’s legal. good luck! if it’s nearby i may attend …