I'm leaving May 1st for my first cross country and am pretty tight on cash. Have any of you ever raised money via your bike trip? I unfortunately have had a few family members die from lung disease so I was thinking of getting in touch with the American Lung Association. Any ideas on fundraisers or events to hold / advice on holding these events?
Personally I find it pretty sleazy when folks fund their trips with money donated for a charity. I would advise doing as John suggested and have all charity money go directly to the charity and if you want to accept donations for your expenses make that a separate thing.
I don't understand why would anyone think that their vacation should be paid for by others donations. If I knew a rider was using any of my donation to fund their personal expenses I wouldn't donate. If I found out after I made a donation I would feel like my money was stolen.