Putting the MAGIC in fundraising for charity

By Kylie Penn

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Putting The MAGIC In Fundraising For Charity

Project 2014-02-05 21:55:39 +1300

With a little help from an expert script writer, performer and graphic designer this interactive fundraising project will reach the magical quality of a truely memorable experience for the benefit of charities throughout New Zealand.

 

I’ve always felt a compulsion to help other people and in particular families and little children. Becoming a mum gives you lots of opportunities to do this and as many mums have done in the past I joined the local Plunket committee. Our goal – to raise lots of money to keep the doors open and support the good work of amazing nurses and family educators.

 

There are many ways to fundraise, but not being particularly fond of cooking sausages I went back to my roots in children’s entertainment to think up something extra special. My favourite childhood family memories are of Christmas and so the magical Santa’s Grotto was my first project. The committee has been amazing and supported me in my passion for the best Christmas experience ever. Each year it worked better and better and the funds raised increased, but it was still a lot of work, and then last year we nailed it!

 

All of the kinks were ironed out and the result was a very easy to run event that left everyone with a smile on their face, even the volunteers.

 

The solution – ‘Elf School’. But this was no ordinary Elf School, where the adults dress up in jingly hats and striped stockings, this was a live link to the North Pole and a master class in Elf Craft with the Head Elf of Santa’s workshop. Mix this with a photo with the big man himself and both children and adults were spellbound and the fundraising target was achieved. 

 

And then I thought – “Well it worked for us, how about the other charities out there struggling to break the fundraising funk.”  So I decided to create a package that Charities could purchase for a small amount and use year after year to inject a bit of magic into their community.

 

With a little tweaking the ‘Elf School’, interactive DVD, event package will soon be ready to travel but it’s a long wait until Christmas. What about the rest of the year? Hmmm.

 

And then ‘The Toy Maker’ was created - An interactive DVD event for large groups, without the craft element but lots of audience participation, a smattering of magic and very little effort for charity volunteers. We have the local Toy Library standing by to test run the event and generate some much needed funds but I need a little help from some experts in design, script writing and performance to get this one just right and ready to take on the world.

 

And that is where you come in. Unfortunately volunteer work does not pay so well and so I turn to you to help me get this idea ‘in the can’, so to speak, and off to help charities throughout New Zealand.

 

What you would be contributing to?

  • A specialist script writer to develop the idea into an amazing interactive show.
  • A professional performer to make the Toy Maker come to life on DVD.
  • And a designer to create a graphics package of marketing materials, for both ‘The Toy Maker’ and ‘Elf School’, to be used by the charity organisations to promote their event.

A little goes a long way and that is literally true in this case as your contribution will enable people all over New Zealand generate funds to help others. There is a double benefit also, for the audiences that attend these events will be sharing a very special experience that generates even more good will in spirit and smiles.

 

Every charity wanting to purchase a package will be checked for official charity status and location so that they have a fair opportunity to raise their funds without competing with the group down the road.

 

The funds received from the sale of packages will be reinvested in new packages so the events don’t become stale. The price will be kept minimal so as not to eat into the fundraising profits, I know the feeling of raising a heap of money only to end up spending half of it on expenses.

 

So that’s the plan, in a nutshell. Simple really, but very effective. And the underlying message of it all – families working together to make some pretty fabulous and memorable moments; sharing, caring and contributing to our community.

 

Thank you for your time.

Kylie

 

  

Comments

Updates 4

Ready for Launch

16/09/2014 at 4:32 PM

Well after a few delays we are almost there and The Toy Maker interactive DVD show will be due for launch in aid of the Kerikeri Toy Library sometime in October. Meanwhile here's a preview to get your imagination going. (Please keep this for adults only as we don't want to spoil the surprise for the children).

Unfortunately our orginal deadline was pushed back to the unexpected illness and death of my dad. My apologies for not being in touch during this time.

The Toy Maker has left the building!

05/05/2014 at 1:14 PM

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update to let you all know that we now have the Toy Maker "in the can" so to speak.

We spent a fun few nights filming in my tiny wee studio and came out with some beautiful stuff. It's a very tricky project to entertain small children for 40 minutes with only one character, one setting, one shot and a couple of puppets but I think it's turned out very entertaining and most importantly interactive!

The Kerikeri Toy Library will soon be sharing the Toy Maker project with the children of their district as part of their fundraising efforts and I know they will do well from it.

Hopefully in the next few months we will see it going out to other charities throughout New Zealand.

Thank you once again for your support. The depth of talent used in this project has added so much more dimension to this magical world.

Kylie

Wahoooo!

20/03/2014 at 5:30 PM

MADE IT!! Wahooooooooo! The Toy Maker Pledgme project is fully funded! Thank you everyone for your amazing support. It's such a relief to be moving forward and to be able to reinburse the creatives that have put in so much time already with more time to come. I know the Toy Library in Kerikeri will be very happy and it will help many other charities to come. Yay! I am so doing the happy dance!

Lights, Camera, Action!

18/03/2014 at 12:43 PM

The stage is under construction and the script is almost complete. Our fantastic performer is standing by to bring the Toy Maker to life and the puppets are nervously awaiting their debut.

The support of the community has been fantastic only a little way to go and we'll be set.

 

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    2014-02-13 20:48:45 +1300

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    Putting The MAGIC In Fundraising For Charity

    Project 2014-02-05 21:55:39 +1300

    With a little help from an expert script writer, performer and graphic designer this interactive fundraising project will reach the magical quality of a truely memorable experience for the benefit of charities throughout New Zealand.

     

    I’ve always felt a compulsion to help other people and in particular families and little children. Becoming a mum gives you lots of opportunities to do this and as many mums have done in the past I joined the local Plunket committee. Our goal – to raise lots of money to keep the doors open and support the good work of amazing nurses and family educators.

     

    There are many ways to fundraise, but not being particularly fond of cooking sausages I went back to my roots in children’s entertainment to think up something extra special. My favourite childhood family memories are of Christmas and so the magical Santa’s Grotto was my first project. The committee has been amazing and supported me in my passion for the best Christmas experience ever. Each year it worked better and better and the funds raised increased, but it was still a lot of work, and then last year we nailed it!

     

    All of the kinks were ironed out and the result was a very easy to run event that left everyone with a smile on their face, even the volunteers.

     

    The solution – ‘Elf School’. But this was no ordinary Elf School, where the adults dress up in jingly hats and striped stockings, this was a live link to the North Pole and a master class in Elf Craft with the Head Elf of Santa’s workshop. Mix this with a photo with the big man himself and both children and adults were spellbound and the fundraising target was achieved. 

     

    And then I thought – “Well it worked for us, how about the other charities out there struggling to break the fundraising funk.”  So I decided to create a package that Charities could purchase for a small amount and use year after year to inject a bit of magic into their community.

     

    With a little tweaking the ‘Elf School’, interactive DVD, event package will soon be ready to travel but it’s a long wait until Christmas. What about the rest of the year? Hmmm.

     

    And then ‘The Toy Maker’ was created - An interactive DVD event for large groups, without the craft element but lots of audience participation, a smattering of magic and very little effort for charity volunteers. We have the local Toy Library standing by to test run the event and generate some much needed funds but I need a little help from some experts in design, script writing and performance to get this one just right and ready to take on the world.

     

    And that is where you come in. Unfortunately volunteer work does not pay so well and so I turn to you to help me get this idea ‘in the can’, so to speak, and off to help charities throughout New Zealand.

     

    What you would be contributing to?

    • A specialist script writer to develop the idea into an amazing interactive show.
    • A professional performer to make the Toy Maker come to life on DVD.
    • And a designer to create a graphics package of marketing materials, for both ‘The Toy Maker’ and ‘Elf School’, to be used by the charity organisations to promote their event.

    A little goes a long way and that is literally true in this case as your contribution will enable people all over New Zealand generate funds to help others. There is a double benefit also, for the audiences that attend these events will be sharing a very special experience that generates even more good will in spirit and smiles.

     

    Every charity wanting to purchase a package will be checked for official charity status and location so that they have a fair opportunity to raise their funds without competing with the group down the road.

     

    The funds received from the sale of packages will be reinvested in new packages so the events don’t become stale. The price will be kept minimal so as not to eat into the fundraising profits, I know the feeling of raising a heap of money only to end up spending half of it on expenses.

     

    So that’s the plan, in a nutshell. Simple really, but very effective. And the underlying message of it all – families working together to make some pretty fabulous and memorable moments; sharing, caring and contributing to our community.

     

    Thank you for your time.

    Kylie

     

      

    Comments

    Ready for Launch

    16/09/2014 at 4:32 PM

    Well after a few delays we are almost there and The Toy Maker interactive DVD show will be due for launch in aid of the Kerikeri Toy Library sometime in October. Meanwhile here's a preview to get your imagination going. (Please keep this for adults only as we don't want to spoil the surprise for the children).

    Unfortunately our orginal deadline was pushed back to the unexpected illness and death of my dad. My apologies for not being in touch during this time.

    The Toy Maker has left the building!

    05/05/2014 at 1:14 PM

    Hi everyone,

    Just a quick update to let you all know that we now have the Toy Maker "in the can" so to speak.

    We spent a fun few nights filming in my tiny wee studio and came out with some beautiful stuff. It's a very tricky project to entertain small children for 40 minutes with only one character, one setting, one shot and a couple of puppets but I think it's turned out very entertaining and most importantly interactive!

    The Kerikeri Toy Library will soon be sharing the Toy Maker project with the children of their district as part of their fundraising efforts and I know they will do well from it.

    Hopefully in the next few months we will see it going out to other charities throughout New Zealand.

    Thank you once again for your support. The depth of talent used in this project has added so much more dimension to this magical world.

    Kylie

    Wahoooo!

    20/03/2014 at 5:30 PM

    MADE IT!! Wahooooooooo! The Toy Maker Pledgme project is fully funded! Thank you everyone for your amazing support. It's such a relief to be moving forward and to be able to reinburse the creatives that have put in so much time already with more time to come. I know the Toy Library in Kerikeri will be very happy and it will help many other charities to come. Yay! I am so doing the happy dance!

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    18/03/2014 at 12:43 PM

    The stage is under construction and the script is almost complete. Our fantastic performer is standing by to bring the Toy Maker to life and the puppets are nervously awaiting their debut.

    The support of the community has been fantastic only a little way to go and we'll be set.

     

      Anonymous pledger
      2014-03-20 07:10:02 +1300
      wendy steeds sonia chappell
      2014-03-19 20:00:08 +1300
      stephanie rowsell
      2014-03-19 17:26:32 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-03-19 17:25:21 +1300
      craig rothwell
      2014-03-19 17:14:19 +1300
      Eric Jordan
      2014-03-19 16:32:52 +1300
      Nicola
      2014-03-19 16:22:22 +1300
      jo lumkong
      2014-03-19 14:01:04 +1300
      Felicity
      2014-03-19 11:27:45 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-03-19 09:35:46 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-03-18 22:19:45 +1300
      Pauline Mountford
      2014-03-16 15:29:58 +1300
      Carina Staps
      2014-03-16 14:08:28 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-03-11 20:44:07 +1300
      Simon Ward
      2014-03-06 23:07:02 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-02-19 13:32:37 +1300
      louise
      2014-02-19 09:33:51 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-02-19 09:13:58 +1300
      Natalie Spooner
      2014-02-13 20:48:45 +1300

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 20/03/2014 at 7:10 AM.