Written by Active Minds on Wednesday the 4th of September 2019.
With almost 50 million people around the world living with dementia, it is essential that we work together to help raise awareness, fund research and provide support. September marks World Alzheimer’s Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
From hosting your own fundraiser to taking part in a sponsored run, there are so many ways to raise awareness this September, here are just a few fantastic ideas.
1. Host a Bake Sale
Hosting a bake sale is a time honoured fundraising tradition, and a great opportunity to bake some delicious goods, indulge a little and raise money for a great cause. There are a variety of places you could hold a bake sale; in the office, at a local school or even at a larger scale fundraising event. Why not see if you can round up some fellow bakers and take your event to the next level.
2. Take Part in a Memory Walk
Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society, Memory Walks take place up and down the country throughout September to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It is an excellent opportunity to spend some time with loved ones and take on a walk ranging from 2k to 15k. Alternatively, you can set up your own Memory Walk in your local area and invite people to join you to walk in to a world without dementia.
3. Sponsored Run
A sponsored run is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a charity of your choice. Simply set up a way for people to donate to you and join an organised run – or even organise one yourself.
4. Host a Raffle
People love to get involved in a raffle and there are plenty of opportunities to host one; whether it be at home or at work. You’ll find people may be willing to help with gifting prizes which will help to encourage more and more people to get involved. This is a brilliant way to raise awareness and funds during World Alzheimer’s Month.
5. Sporting Event
If you’re more on the sporty side, you may prefer to host a sporting event. This could be similar to a sports day where you can include a variety of activities, or you could choose to host a football match; anything you like! To make it really interesting you could even have prizes for the winners and organise food and refreshments throughout the day.
6. Host a Tea Party or Coffee Morning
Who doesn’t love an opportunity to gather for some coffee and cake? Hosting a tea party or coffee morning is a popular choice for fundraising and you can see why. It is a great opportunity for local communities to gather and is also a brilliant dementia friendly event to attend with your loved one.
7. Host a Quiz
Hosting a quiz is a great idea for fundraising at work, it will get everyone involved and is perfect for those with a competitive nature.
8. Charity Ball
If you are looking to go all out for World Alzheimer’s Day, you could host a charity ball; complete with an auction to raise some funds for a great cause. A charity ball can be a really great evening for all and an excellent opportunity for spreading awareness.
If you’re more of a daredevil and love to seek a thrill and a new challenge, skydiving or an extreme sport could be a great way to raise funds and awareness for World Alzheimer’s Month.
10. Dress Down Day
Why not use World Alzheimer’s Day as a great opportunity to get stuck into fundraising activities and even host a dress down day at work or similar to get everyone in the fundraising spirit.