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Offline emmetzloff

« on: June 23, 2005, 09:49:12 pm »
Has anyone ever tried to get sponsorship for a ride?  

I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and when I finish up in September, my friend and I are going to ride our bikes home to the states.  We were hoping to make it a charity ride to benefit some organizations we've worked with in Honduras.  How do I go about doing that?  Just email companies and see what they say?  Does anyone have suggestions about specific companies that might be willing to support us?
Thanks, Emily

Offline jammyc

« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005, 04:26:37 pm »

I'm also doing a sponsored cycle ride (for some volunteer work in Nepal and the charity Send A Cow). So far I've raised roughly £1,300 for the "Li'l Big Adventure" as I've called it.

I've raised all this lot by
- Asking all my friends, family, assosciates, everyone in a cheery letter
- Dropping flyers and letters around local businesses (including writing to the local paper). Note that while I haven't had many replies from the flyers, it does get you talking to people and they might even sponsor you on the spot! [Hint: Always carry emergency supplies of forms and letters]
- Writing to my local school, promising to give assemblies and talks in return
- Having a houseparty with paid entry! (well I have just finished uni)
- Asking everyone at the Student's Union on a Cheesey Music night

I've also hunted down on the internet the addresses to as many bike and component manufacturer and retailer I can think of or find, which unfortunately aint that many (being a newby). Some have even replied!

I'm also in talks with the council over having a stand from which to proclaim the goodness of my cause.

A big problem I've found so far is that what with the tsunami earlier this year and the current famine in sub-Saharan Africa, a lot of people have already given what they can. A good thing, of course,  but it makes our lives a bit more difficult! Just keep plugging at it is my game.

Hmmm. Reading your post it seems like you're already in Honduras, so I hope that some of this applies at least. I'm trying to keep the local interest in my efforts, but with big companies just keep trying!

I wish you every success!


Offline scott.laughlin

« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2005, 02:59:36 pm »

There's an article on sponsorship in the current yellow pages.