How to Conduct a Walk-a-thon for RSDSA
It is important to remember that one of your goals, in addition
to having fun, is raising awareness of CRPS as well as funds.
At a walk-a-thon, participants walk at their own pace to
lively music (optional) and complete as many laps as possible
around a small track, park, or indoor mall in 45 minutes or
so. These are not competitive events and can be enjoyed by
all including individuals in wheelchairs. Participants obtain
sponsors to pledge a per lap or fixed amount.
If another organization has conducted a walk-a-thon in your
or a nearby community, contact the coordinator for guidance.
Keep it Fun! Make it Festive! Keep it Simple!
Get lots of help. Contact the local community service clubs
such as Lions, religious organizations, Rotary, Key Club,
Boy Scouts (it can be a possible Eagle Scout project), etc.
Choose a date carefully that will not conflict with an existing
Use a school, or park for your start and finish area. A local
track is a safe site. Access to bathrooms is important. Also
arrange for trash removal.
Remember to get the necessary city permits.
Try to get as much of the needed supplies donated as possible
(bottled water, power bars, fruit, printing, t-shirts). Post
a thank-you list of donors at the event.
In addition to a registration table, set up an information
table with brochures about CRPS (RSDSA can supply brochures).
Contact local elementary schools and ask if they will sponsor
a hat day (proceeds donated to RSDSA where students will pay
$.50 or a dollar to wear a hat during the school day.
Contact your local newspapers, radio and TV/cable stations
and ask them to help publicize or cosponsor the event. Ask
if they will publish a feature on CRPS.
Arrange for a photographer for the day of the walk-a-thon.
Give each participant a pledge form and ask him or her to
make their own donation first. Collect all donations and forward
one check to RSDSA. The national office will send a thank-you
letter to each participant.
Use the "letters-to-the editor" in the local newspapers
to THANK EVERYONE; walkers, donors, helpers, etc. Using names
is not necessary because the list will be very long. Thank
the community for their support. This is also an excellent
opportunity to remind people that they can look forward to
seeing them again next year at the 2nd Annual CRPS walk-a-thon
to help stop the pain.
If you have any questions, please contact Jim Broatch at 203.877.3790 or email@example.com.
June 20, 2011