Fundraisers, Q&A

Q&A: Tom Petty. Fundraisers. Running.

1 Comment 24 February 2011

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Moi taking a break during my 100 mile bike ride.

Q: HOW CAN I ORGANIZE MY OWN WALK OR RUN FUNDRAISER?

A: So, you want to organize your own run, walk-a-thon, bike century, or if your a little crazy…a triathlon fundraiser? I have good news! It couldn’t be easier! 

If you want it to be as easy as possible, here’s whatcha do:

1) Pick a regular run or whatever sport event in your city.

2) Sign up with Team Gluten-Free and they will send you a Welcome Packet that will not only give you tips for training, but it will help you set up your own fundraising web page that you can share with the world in order to raise money. Cool, huh? There is a lot more information about how it all works on their website.

How easy!! I wish I knew about this when I did my bike century!!!

The money you raise this way will benefit The Celiac Disease Foundation and further their efforts to create gluten-free summer camps for kids along with funding research.

Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO RAISE MONEY FOR A DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION?

A: If you want to have more control over who to donate your money to, you can use the website First Giving. It works in a similar way to Team Gluten-Free, but you can choose the charity you want to receive your hard earned cash. Several celiac disease related non-profits are on their list. Again, First Giving makes it super easy to create your own webpage and promote your fundraising efforts.

Q: IS THERE A RUN OR WALK FOR CELIAC DISEASE IN NYC?

A: There isn’t a run for celiac disease on the isle of Manhattan, but there is an annual walk for celiac disease organized every year by Lina Lodico in the nearby borough of Queens. This walk raises money for the Celiac Sprue Association, which then directs the funds toward research efforts. The next walk is scheduled for June 5th, 2011. You can find more information here: www.glutenfreeforever.com.

There is another annual walk organized by Colin Leslie in nearby Rye, New York. It is just a short train ride out of the city and the scenery along the walk is beautiful! Colin has raised over $225,000 for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. This year the walk is scheduled for October 16th, 2011. More information can be found here: http://www.colinlesliewalkforceliacdisease.org/

Q: WHAT DOES TOM PETTY HAVE TO DO WITH ALL OF THIS?!

A: Motivational tunes, man.

OK, this video is a bit lame, but the song rocks. Here’s another…

And for any wee chicklets or gluten-free fellas out there…listen past the mellow intro. Did I ever tell you I’m a Wings freak? Oh yeah. (Hey Paul!! I’m only a few years younger than Heather Mills!!! And I’m NICE!)

And, of course, Flock Of Seagulls has to be mentioned for I Ran, but I couldn’t embed the video.

Walking rocks too…

Bono….[drool] …..oh, excuse me! *blush*

OK, now you know why I’m not a DJ.

What are your favorite work out songs? Any running or walking themes?
Have you ever organized a fundraiser? What was it? Please share any tips or links in the comments below! Thx!

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    Jenny's mommy says:

    My Jenny was recently diagnosed in January. Jenny is 7yrs old. I have joined a support group and receive plenty of information monthly. We also joined R.O.C.K (raising our celiac kids). I know that there is always money needed for research. Would like to know if there is a walk or run in Houston, TX? Let me know. Thank you.


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