The American Cancer Society created Relay for Life to enlist the community to help in the fight against a major disease that touches many—cancer. Relay for Life takes the initiative to generate a community with common end goals: to promote awareness of the disease, to inspire participation, to honor those who have passed, to commemorate survivors, and to fight cancer.
Relay for Life fundraising can be a rewarding experience for organizers. You can support the Relay for Life cause by starting a crowdfunding campaign on YouCaring dedicated to raising money for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life events.
Facts About Relay For Life
- Relay for Life is not confined to online communities. In fact Relay for Life of Second Life is a global online community of 15 million individuals across the globe who have raised more than $2 million since 2005 by walking a virtual track.
- As a way to celebrate the endless support and companionship a dog provides, The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors Canine Caregivers like service dogs, therapy dogs, cancer survivor dogs and more with a community event and walk.
- Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has contributed to most major cancer breakthroughs in recent history and has given $4 billion toward cancer research.
Relay For Life Fundraising Ideas
1. Everyone’s a Hero
An easy DIY project for your Relay for Life team is to make cancer capes. All you need is some fabric like felt, scissors and a hot glue gun. Each cape can boast clever phrases like “got hope?” or “the cape crusaders for cancer” to reiterate the goal of the walk. You can sell these capes via your online campaign to bring in funds for your team’s fundraiser. Who knows, you may even see other teams wearing your capes at the event!
2. Play Tag
Take to your social media platforms to start a game of tag that challenges people to participate. The challenge will ask the individual to tag a number of people in their post, which will have three options, to start a team for Relay for Life, to join an existing team for Relay for Life or to donate to your cause. Make sure to include your custom URL to your campaign in the post! You can create your own graphic or use an existing one from the Internet. This tactic will work especially well for individuals with a big social media presence.
3. Mad Hatters
Fundraising efforts often differ based on the targeted audience. When raising funds for Recess Relay consider catering to the students. It is not uncommon for schools to require teachers and students to be hat free during class time. An easy way to bring in the bucks is to organize a school-wide hat day where both faculty and students can wear their favorite hat inside if they make a donation of a certain amount to your campaign.
4. Tasteful T-Shirts
If your team is looking for a way to raise funds while also creating a meaningful keepsake then consider selling T-shirts adorning your team name. Many individuals walk to honor a loved one, and incorporating their story with your fundraising efforts makes it more personal.
5. Carnival for the Cure
With a team, you can amplify your fundraising efforts due to the increase of resources and brainstorming power. If you are working with a big team consider putting together a larger fundraising event. With the help of your teammates, organize a carnival that incorporates thrilling games like tug-of-war, ring toss, or even a rock-climbing wall. This event will need a large venue like a community park. You can require a donation to your campaign as admission for entrance. Advertising for large events like this is key, so remember to promote your event through social media.
Teaming Up to Fight Back
Fundraising ideas are an integral part of the Relay for Life experience. Whether your team decides to host an event or sell merchandise, crowdfunding is the ideal platform to use. It is important to note that the sale of products with the American Cancer Society or Relay for Life logo may not be sold for fundraising purposes. You can read the full list of fundraising guidelines here.
If you are looking for a team name check out our blog Funny Cancer Fundraising Team Names for inspiration. When your team is ready to kick-start fundraising efforts then take to YouCaring to set up your campaign with ease. Start your free fundraiser for Relay for life today!