How Not To Organise A Fundraising Event

I went to Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon for the ‘go walkies’ fundraiser for guide dogs. The idea is simple; people go for a short walk, and are encouraged to bring family members and dogs if they want. The events took place over the last few weekends around Ireland. Most people love walking and do it all the time, so you’d imagine it would be a popular, easy way to raise money. That wasn’t the case in Letterkenny. Myself, O.J and the four other people I brought were the only people there!

I don’t want to go into too much detail about this event because I didn’t organise it. The people who did probably did their best on the day, and they were very friendly and appreciated the fact that I travelled 40 minutes with my family and my guide dog. . On the other hand, I didn’t want to not write about it and pretend it didn’t happen. That wouldn’t have been right either, and I hope people can learn from what went wrong.
The only input I had was to volunteer to assist with any newspaper articles or local radio interviews if needed. They never happened and there was almost no publicity of the event. Even if there was, I think é15 per person was too expensive. People don’t have much money, and even if they did, I think charging that just to do a walk wasn’t fair. I think people really need to be more considerate when organising fundraising events these days.

I want to organise a fundraiser for Irish guide dogs before O.J retires. I’d love something a bit different, but haven’t come up with an idea I’m happy with yet. I might consider organising a ‘go walkies’ event in my local town next year. It will be cheaper, and I guarantee there’ll be lots of people there to walk, with or without their dogs.


3 thoughts on “How Not To Organise A Fundraising Event

  1. Funny. A Gide dog organization here in the US just asked me to sponsor a walk like this, and something told me not to do it. As for a fundraiser for Irish Guides before OJ retires: when I was trying to raise funds for a non-profit once one friend suggested we have a dinner party, or just a party, and ask people to donate funds to it that they might similarly pay to go to have a meal out , or have a night out at a pub. Simple idea, but sometimes the ideas that are simplest are the best –and they are fun, too!


  2. Oh dear that doesn’t sound good at all. Maybe it was their first experience of organising a go walkies.

    As for things you could do for fundraising, there is a company called Blaze i think. They do firewalks and glass walks and all for charity. Guide dogs held one here last year and i think it was a great success. I wasn’t brave enough to take part though 🙂



  3. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and
    gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

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