Members Profile – The Fundraisers

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in Member Profile

The club does a lot of fundraising, what is the purpose of your group and where does the money go?

Funds raised, go to the kids that make it into the School Sport WA team and travel interstate to compete against the rest of Australia, at the School Sport National Championships.

How much does it cost to send a Junior to the Nationals?

Between $2,000 and $2,500 for 4 days

Who is the main co-ordinator for fundraising?

Kim Tyler-Lees does most of the coordination and organising for the group despite having no children in the group herself.  At various times some of the parents take on large organisational roles as well.

What products and services do you offer to raise funds?

We work very hard for TriEvents doing their registration, marshaling, recovery /finish line and water stations.  Also we are allowed to BBQ and sell race belts.
We make all Race belts by hand, at Sewing Bee get togethers.

What races/ venues do you fundraise at?

All TriEvents races, my favourite is Hillarys nice and close to home, last year we helped them with Mudd Rush and HBF Run for a reason.
We also do the odd Bunnings BBQ as well

Which children benefit from the fundraising?

12 to 17 year olds are eligible to be in the School sports team.

Do some children requiring more financial assistance get a bigger slice of the pie?  How does it work?

The limit to how much you can earn- raise is $1750.  Family members and Team Kids are allocated points for jobs they do.  At the end of the fundraising season, dollars raised are divided by total number of points to determine a dollar value per point.  Therefore hard workers can be rewarded for their efforts.

How successful have you been over the years? Money raised/ children helped?

We have been doing the fundraising for about 7 years now. Over the years we have helped heaps of kids like Adele Richards, Kenji Nener, Kate Vernon, Joe  Keirath and  Ellie Waterman.   This year we will help 16 kids out of the team of 31 that will travel to Penrith NSW and raise $18,000.  Over the years we have sold many, many snags, race belts and handed out water at aid stations.

Are you looking for new fundraising ideas from members or did what you are doing quite successful?

Always looking for new ideas.  Our biggie has always been race belts, we make and sell over $6000 worth each year. However we are always looking for something new.

How can club members support the fundraising efforts?

There are some great people in our club that have and do help out every year marshalling at the Sun Smart Women’s Triathlon which is  always a hoot and is coming up again soon, so all you boys come help do water station for the ladies in March.
But buying your race belt from North coast fundraising group is the best way to help me get 16 kids to Penrith
And buy a bacon and egg roll or snag from the north coast tent is always rewarding