Fundraise By Asking For Donations Instead of Gifts
Many people decide they already have more things than they need, so decide instead of receiving presents on a special occasion, they suggest to their guests they donate to the Bernie Banton Foundation. Often this will be done in the memory of a loved one or friend. This is a really special and selfless thing to do, every dollar raised goes a long way at the Foundation.
When the Foundation’s CEO and founder, Karen Banton and Rod Smith married, they decided, both having been widowed, and owning houses full of all they could need, to ask wedding guests to donate to the Bernie Banton Foundation instead. They were blessed when 99% of people did, and the Foundation was appreciably better off – every dollar does help the Foundation to offer its asbestos victim support and advocacy services.
Birthdays are a day where quite often selfless supporters ask loved ones and friends to give to the Foundation in lieu of presents. Our two Victorian Junior Stars, Madi and her close friend Hayley, both gave up birthday presents to give to the Foundation as a way of helping, because Madi’s pop was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Madi also fundraised at school and door knocked her local community. Madi and Hayley are truly Bernie Banton Foundation ‘Star’ Supporters.
The Foundation’s Awareness and Support Co-ordinator decided he really didn’t need anything for his birthday, so utilising Everyday Hero he set up a Fundraising Page so his family and friends could donate to the Foundation……….. and you know, when you donate $2.00 or more it is a legitimate tax deduction.
Young Queenslander, Alec Britton lost his grandfather, Tony Britton to mesothelioma in March 2014. Grandad wanted the family to support the Foundation, so Alec asked all his family and friends to donate to the Foundation, instead of giving him birthday presents. This wonderful selfless gesture raised many 100s of dollars in donations to the Foundation. Alec then participated in the inaugural Trail To Triumph Ultra Marathon in October of 2014, and each year since, raising even more much needed and appreciated funding for the Foundation. For his selfless efforts in fundraising, in 2016, Alec was awarded the inaugural Bernie Banton Foundation Young Aussie Inspiration Award.
Fundraising At School, At Work or At Play
Supporters can make a different by fundraising almost anywhere, at home, at school, at work, at your sport club. The scope is almost unlimited:
Conduct a sausage sizzle;
Get really silly at a trivia night at home, or could you run one at your local pub?
Play up at a movie night;
Run a garage sale;
Conduct a bake off;
Have a night in where you and your friends donate the money you would have spent going out;
Donate part of your salary – Your workplace may even offer before-tax donating options; or
Workplace Matching Donation Programmes – Many socially minded and holistic companies conduct matching donation programmes where they will match donations made to accepted charitable organisations on a one to one basis. It is always worth asking the person responsible, often the HR manager.
Running A Fundraising Golf Day
When a ‘very good mate’, Dr Andrew Lawson (from Oxford in the UK) passed away in February 2014, following a 7 year battle with mesothelioma, a group of Sydney, NSW golfers decided to celebrate his life, by having a small golf event on Anzac day, which coincided with a similar event happening at his home course in the UK. It was a great success, so they have now made this an annual event. Proceeds from the Sydney golf day are gratefully received by the Bernie Banton Foundation, with the proceeds from the UK golf day going to a similar organisation in the UK. A golf day is a great way to raise funds for the foundation, and really simple – each participant simply donates to the Foundation in lieu of paying an entry fee. The great thing is, this donation can be fully tax deductible.
Similarly, the mighty ‘Coach’ Mick Small is running an annual golf day in memory of Neil Billingham (that’s Neil In his Cronulla Sharks golf buggy) in Wagga Wagga NSW. Read all about ‘Coach’ Small, and our friend, the late Neil Billingham, in our Create Your Own Fundraising Events page.
Brenna, from country NSW, lost her granddad to mesothelioma, and wanted to make a difference and support the Bernie Banton Foundation, so she baked cup cakes and sold everyone of them. Every dollars does count – thank you so much Brenna.
PUT ON A MOVIE NIGHT
Hire a movie and have a themed night, they can be lots of fun – and a great way to fundraise!
GET SILLY AT A TRIVIA NIGHT
Our wonderful supporters in Queensland, conduct a trivia night to raise funds to help off-set the costs associated with running the annual Trail To Triumph 250 kms in 2.5 days Ultra Marathon. It is a huge night! – Could you run an event of any kind to support the Bernie Banton Foundation?
Making Your Fundraised Donations
As the Foundation is a registered not for profit charity, donations $2.00 or over, are tax deductible. Making donations can be done by whatever way is best and easiest for you. It may be as simple as cash (please do not send cash through the post) or a cheque, making a direct deposit online, or a credit card donation, either online via our secure portal (a receipt is issued automatically if all contact details are correctly filled in) or over the phone by calling Karen Banton on 0412 830 485. Another way is to set up a fundraising page on Everyday Hero, It is quick and easy to do, and what is really great, as with the online credit card donation, everyone who makes a donation (and fills out the required contact information) receives a tax compliant receipt automatically from Everyday Hero.
Please Note: If making a donation on behalf of a group, and individual tax receipts are required, then the donation must be made by either: cash, cheque, direct deposit or credit card (over the phone only). If a list of those who have donated, and the amount donated is received with the donation, then tax receipts (totaling no more than the full amount donated) will be generated manually for each notified donor. It is not legal to issue separate receipts against a single donation payment once a receipt (automatically generated or otherwise) has already been issued for the full amount – unfortunately, exceptions cannot legally, and will not, be made.
Every dollar does genuinely help – can you support us by fundraising in some way? Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a fundraising idea you think you might like to get involved in. Drop us a line by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text or phone Karen Banton on 0412 830 485.
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall® number: 1800 031 731
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.