Be seriously silly for a good cause
Red Nose Day is coming up this Friday with Cure Kids the organisation it supports this year.
Started over two decades ago, Red Nose Day encourages everyone to let go, laugh and be silly all for a serious cause.
You can be part of the day by buying Red Nose Day products, like the classic red nose, or you can organise a fun fundraising event with your friends, colleagues or school mates.
The staff at Avis Rent-a-Car in Picton will be doing their bit to help raise funds on the day with a sausage sizzle, raffle and street appeal.
"We will be doing a sausage sizzle at Mariner's Mall and doing a street appeal around Picton," said Avis Picton senior rental sales agent, Janette Burrows.
Their raffle will run until the end of October, with prizes like a trip on the Bluebridge ferry, car hire and hotel accommodation.
"We received such an amazing response from the Picton community when we were looking for prizes; they were just so eager to help, despite these tough economic times."
Janette and the six other staff members have already kicked off their fundraising efforts with a walk-a-thon that raised $1200. Each carried an odometer that measures how far one walks - for a long walk or just going from the desk at work to the kitchen for some tea - and found sponsors to sponsor them for each kilometre walked.
"A lot of us just got donations rather than sponsors per kilometre," said Avis Picton customer service representative, Mike Lemberg. "We thought that if we made like $50 each we would be doing well. We never thought we would get as much as $1200."
The odometers gave some interesting results, with the employees doing an average of 25 kilometres of walking in seven days, despite the rainy conditions.
They will be holding the sausage sizzle at the mall between 10am and 2pm, and if anyone wants to help out they are most welcome.
"This is the first time we have been involved in a big fundraiser like this and we are pretty excited for it," Janette said.
Cure Kids is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to raise funds for research into life threatening diseases affecting children.
It founded by Rotary in 1975 as the Child Health Research Foundation and has invested more than $29 million in research.
- The Mirror