Advocate parents turn to Facebook for latest fundraiser
ADVOCATE HARBOUR – Supporting school sports here just got a little easier.
Always on the lookout for new fundraising opportunities, local parents have turned to Facebook to auction off a number of donated prizes, with all proceeds going towards the Advocate District School sports programs. Running through the month of October, the online auction has received a tremendous response, according to Sarah Berry.
“We’re very excited and pleased with how people have received it,” said Berry, one of the parents who organized the fundraiser. “Our goal was to raise $1,000, but we’ve far surpassed that, just from the generosity of people.”
The small seaside school has produced many provincial champion athletes and teams over the years, but without the benefit of any corporate sponsorship for its programs. Costs such as travel, uniforms and referees have been covered by the fundraising efforts of parents and other volunteers in the community.
This is the first time, however, that they have tried the online route.
“As parents we’ve often done fundraisers for school sports, doing different things like Ladies Nights, and ticket sales, and things like that,” explained Berry. “But I noticed in the last year that these online auctions seem to be very popular.”
She approached her employees at the Advocate Rite Stop, Doris Collins and Karen McCully, who are also local parents, and they agreed to help her put an auction together for the school sports programs. The three immediately began approaching businesses to solicit prizes.
Starting with businesses they were already dealing with at the store, they approached others around the county as far as Amherst, as well as some they dealt with on a corporate level, such as Irving. They also approached businesses they had seen support other online auctions.
“Some were receptive and some weren’t, but most people were very generous,” she said.
In fact, some people came forward and donated prizes without even being approached. There are now 56 items available and already receiving bids on the Facebook page that is hosting the auction.
The prizes cover a wide variety, from tools to gift certificates, to Christmas decorations and games. Some of the most popular items have been home cooking. Bids had reached $48 for four-dozen muffins at last count, while an angel food cake was up to $60.
The auction runs until Oct. 30, and successful bidders can collect their prizes at the Advocate store on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.