Rowing is the only sport in which the competitors cross the finish line going backwards, and that uniqueness can also be seen in the many ways you can have fun while fundraising as a rower.
Using GoRaise to generate funds every time your supporters shop online is a great way to fund your club, but here are a few more ideas beyond online shopping:
Naming Rights – do you have a new boat, or an old one with an outdated moniker? Hold a charity auction within the club for the right to name the vessel.
Selling seats – replacing the worn out bum-rests in your eight? Auction off those old seats to club members. It may just be the stroke or number 5 seat to anyone else, but to one club member, it’s the seat they won their first head in.
Charity Erg-ing – there are many ways you can use a rowing machine as a fundraising tool; hold a tag-team 24 hour row in a public square, get sponsored to collectively row a million meters on ergs over the course of a month. Any challenge will do.
Sponsorship – look for a business willing to sponsor your race kit, team bus, trailer, or kit bags. A good place to start looking for a sponsor is among team members or parents, someone is probably involved with a local business looking for exposure.
Club contests – hold an event with a £5 buy in, and the fastest 2k erg time takes home £25. The rest goes to fund the club. This is a great way to make those dreaded tests seem a little more fun.
Rent a rower – get friends and family down to the club to bid on two hours of a rower’s time. Whether they need help moving house, or simply want someone to take them down the river in an old tub, it’s a great way to have fun while fundraising.
Learn to row days – on a nice warm afternoon, bring friends and family down to the club and give them a chance to try out something new by swapping them into the middle seats of an eight. If you have two boats you can even try a few beginner races. Sell tickets to row to raise funds for the club.