Tuesday 5th September marked International Day of Charity, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to look at all of the ways that you can get involved with us at Rays of Sunshine, from volunteering to applying for a wish, so read on for ideas and info – we hope you’ll feel inspired to jump in and have fun helping us to grant magical wishes!
As regular readers will know from some of our previous posts, we love our Rays of Sunshine volunteers!
We have such a wide range of people who volunteer with our charity; from those who come and support us through volunteering at our challenge events, to talented individuals who give their time and skills to make our events extra special!
At our challenge event days we are always grateful for extra voices cheering on our runners or athletes and when we speak our fundraisers they tell us they feel the same. Our challenge events are exactly what they sound like – a challenge! So to have people cheering you on along the way can make such a difference and really boost your spirits, especially when you reach that tricky half way point!
Other events, such as the annual St John’s Wood Car Pageant mean we always need friendly faces selling raffle tickets and programmes or handing out goody bags. Rays of Sunshine volunteers always tell us what a great time they have at our events…………but don’t take our word for it, check out our volunteering page and sign up to find out for yourself!
Ok, we know that this can seem like a daunting prospect – first there’s thinking of an idea, then there’s the planning and raising money….and that’s before you even get around to the actual event itself…….but fear not, fundraising needn’t be scary!
There are all sorts of things you can do, from joining in with one of our organised charity challenge events to holding a Sunshine Day at work or school – even something as simple as a dress down day where everyone wears yellow can be a great fundraising idea.
One of our favourites in the Rays office is, of course, a good old bake sale, the bakers amongst us get to show off our skills, everyone gets to eat tasty treats and all money raised goes to a great cause..everyone’s a winner!
If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our fundraising page where you can also download our fundraising packs with more information and advice on fundraising for Rays of Sunshine.
Also, keep an eye out for our ‘Fundraising: How to’ blog, coming next month!
Sponsor a Wish
As you’ll have seen if you’ve read any of or blogs about specific wishes, they are all different and tailored perfectly to our individual wish children. The cost of each wish varies as much as the wishes themselves of course and a great way to get involved as a company is to sponsor a wish! You can find out more about sponsorship, getting involved as a company and how to get in touch here.
Applying for a Wish and Spreading the Word
Of course, getting involved with Rays of Sunshine isn’t all about what people can do for us, the most important part of involving people in our charity is making sure that we are granting magical wishes for children whose lives need some extra joy!
If you know a child living with a life threatening or life limiting illness then please help us to create some sunshine by either filling out an application form on their behalf or by telling their family about Rays of Sunshine and what we do (you can find details of our eligibility criteria here)
We don’t want any children who qualify for a wish to miss out so please help to spread the word and make sure that we can grant wishes for as many deserving children as possible!
These are just a few of the ways you can get involved with us, everyone here at Rays of Sunshine is incredibly passionate about bringing happiness and laughter into the lives of deserving children, and we work hard to do so all year round, but we’d be at a loss without the involvement of our supporters, volunteers, fundraisers and champions….