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Why not one-day?

Written by on April 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

Challenge Walk MS on Cape Cod is seven months away! While that may seem like a long time from now it will be here before we know it. So why not start training now by participating in a one-day walk?

The Bean Team participates in the Walk MS Boston each year. This will be our 7th year! Actually we participated in the Walk MS Boston prior to getting involved with the Challenge Walk MS. It is a great event to get your friends and family involved. It may be hard to convince them to walk 50 miles in 3 days on Cape Cod but I’m sure you can convince them to walk 3 to 5 miles in a town near you.

Did you know that the National MS Society of Greater New England hosts 43 Walk MS events?

We love the Walk MS Boston because of all the energy that the participants give off at the event. There are teams of all sizes and all ages. You see a lot of dogs and babies! It is a great opportunity to get kids involved and my team has many including my two nieces who have participated since they were 17 months old and 3 months old! They are now 7 and 6 and look forward to participating every year.

Another great thing about the one-day walks is that there is no fundraising required. For those of us who participate in Challenge Walk MS we keep busy enough raising money for that. So it is nice to know you can participate in a one-day walk without the added pressure of fundraising. Some of my teammates who don’t do the Challenge Walk MS do fundraise for the Walk MS Boston, which is always welcomed!

Are you convinced yet? So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a one-day walk near you! If you participate in the Walk MS Boston look for The Bean Team!

Jodi was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and quickly got involved with the Greater New England MS Chapter. She has participated in the Boston MS Walk since 2009, with her team, The Bean Team. She has also participated in the Challenge Walk since 2010. She lives in Boston and works as a medical social worker at a local hospital.

Fundraising Tip #14: Sell jewelry

Written by on August 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

Fundraising year after year for your event can be tough, right? Instead of trying to do all of your fundraising in the few months leading up to the event, consider fundraising all year long!

This year is my first being involved with the MS Challenge Walk. I am a crew member and will be in The Big Tent. I've previously walked in the Boston MS Walk for the past two years; in total, my team has raised over $18,000! If you had asked me two years ago, if we could ever raised this much, I would have said "No way" — but we did it, and I'm already fundraising for the 2011 Boston MS Walk.

I have found that for me it is less overwhelming to do a little fundraising all year long. The past two years I sold "MS Awareness Bracelets" that my friend made for me. Since I had to pay for only the supplies, I was able to raise a good amount of money — and my friends and family are now wearing beautiful bracelets for MS.

Jodi's rings for MSThis year, I am selling "Rings for MS" that I made myself. So far, everyone loves them! I started last week carrying them with me everywhere I go and show them to everyone I meet. I've already sold 20 rings at $20 each, and I hope to see at least 75 by walk day in April.

I find selling something works well. People love new jewelry, especially when they can get it for a good price and help a great cause. Often the same people who buy something from me are willing to make a straight donation closer to walk day! I'm always looking for new things I can make and sell as a fundraiser.

I've also found Facebook, Twitter, and my personal blog to be really helpful tools when fundraising. In 2010, I sent personal messages to each of my Facebook friends and found that people I haven't talked to in ten years were willing to donate. I also posted regular updates in my status. Following the walk, I started my blog for the main purpose of sharing my journey with MS and as a fundraising tool. I'm hoping it will help as the 2011 Boston Walk approaches.

This fall I hope to host my first fundraiser at a bar with a silent auction. I've never done this before, but I've heard they can bring in a lot of money. So I'm excited to plan this event and get together with all of my supporters.

Doing a bit at a time has really helped me fundraise. It works well for me, and I'm always trying to come up with new ideas.

I wish you all good luck as the Challenge Walk approaches. I hope you have met your goal and enjoyed your fundraising.

See you in the big tent!

Jodi was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and quickly got involved with the Greater New England MS Chapter. She has participated in the Boston MS Walk since 2009, with her team, The Bean Team. She has also participated in the Challenge Walk since 2010. She lives in Boston and works as a medical social worker at a local hospital.