Walking 13.1 miles In Their Shoes is a wonderful accomplishment and a true show of support. The main reason for that is because of what the walk represents – the difficult journey that loved ones with cancer experience. The other reasons involve the time you invest to train, walk and raise money.
Individual walkers have a goal of $1,000. Some of them reach that goal with the help of others. It’s a good idea to share that you are asking them to support cancer patients and survivors and the free programs at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.
Here’s are some other ideas to help you reach the goal:
- Sell T-shirts like our Breast Health Center is doing. (See photo.) Contact us for more information about purchasing one to help their team reach its goal. Final orders due Sept. 26.
- Reach out to friends and family through social media or personal emails explaining why this is important to you and the community.
- Bake and sell the treats (with permission, of course) at school, work or church.
- Have a lemonade stand. Get your kids involved and show the importance of giving back.
- Have a garage sale or sell old books or treasures through appropriate websites.
- Have a game night or theme party at your house and ask guests for donations to play or for door prizes.
- Change your voice mail message on your phone and ask callers to donate. Add a “Support me on October 25 in the In Their Shoes Walk” to your email signature line.
- Give friends and family members “piggy banks” to collect change.
- Host a silent auction for your friends and family.
- Ask a local business to contribute. Many plan to make charitable contributions during the year. (Contact the Athens Regional Foundation before soliciting any corporate sponsorship.)
- Consider asking for donations instead of gifts for upcoming celebrations like birthdays.
- Ask your neighbors if you could help them out around the house (mow their lawn, clean the gutters, walk their dog, go to the grocery store) for small donations.
Get more ideas, some rules to keep in mind, and a training guide in the walker handbook.
Thank you for walking with us … In Their Shoes! Can’t make it to the walk? Please consider donating.