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7 Healthy Fundraiser Ideas

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7 Healthy Fundraiser Ideas

Often when we think of fundraisers at work, we think of chocolate bars or morning teas filled with sugary baked treats, pastries and big bowls of potato chips.

But did you know even small lifestyle changes such as eating healthy can reduce your risk of developing cancer, along with other chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes?

We'd love you to give your fundraiser a healthy spin! To help you get started, we've put together 7 healthy fundraiser ideas, check them out below:

1. Soup Kitchen: Grab a mug and line up! Offer up a few pots of soup specialities for lunch and share the soupy goodness among employees; charge per mug and serve with a crunchy wholemeal or multigrain roll. Summer alternatives to a soup kitchen could be a Salad or Smoothie Club. Find some healthy recipe ideas to accommodate the theme on the LiveLighter website.

2. Healthier Morning Teas: One of the more common fundraisers is a morning tea. Look at ways to make these healthier and swap out traditional items while still keeping them delicious. Whether your morning teas are catered or employees bring in a dish, check out these Catering Guidelines which highlights those healthier alternatives, like; blueberry & banana bread, yoghurt and muesli cups, and frittata - which all sound pretty great to me!

3. Healthier BBQs: Work BBQs - a Friday favourite! Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or an after-work social fundraiser, the sausage or bacon sizzle always turns up. Take a look at some healthy additions such as grilled vegetables and side salads, as well as swapping some of those higher fat options for leaner meats, having wholemeal or wholegrain bread options and reducing/removing sugary drinks and swapping it for still and sparkling water. Further guidance on healthier BBQs and other healthier fundraiser suggestions can be found in Healthier Fundraising: A Guide.

In today’s modern society, we tend to involve food with almost everything so why not take look at a non-food fundraiser? Here are some of our favourites:

4. Plants! Plants! Plants! It’s the number one décor item on every home’s hit list at the moment. Whether it’s a fiddle leaf, succulents, fruit trees or some sweet smelling herbs, often or not it will gain people’s interest. Instead of selling baked goods take a visit to the local nursery or look up your local plant suppliers and put on a plant sale.

5. Raffles: Ditch the meat raffle or big basket of Easter eggs and pick a prize that promotes a healthier lifestyle; maybe some workout gear & equipment, Fitbit/Garmins, wireless headphones, a cooking class or equipment, sporting game admissions… just to name a few! Check out some more great gifts and reward ideas here

6. Book Swaps: Who doesn’t have books sitting at home gathering dust? Host a book swap event, asking employees to bring in their pre-loved books and ask for a gold coin donation for every book swapped. It’s a fun way to find out a little more about your colleagues, which may help build social connections. 

7. Quiz Nights: A great excuse to re-watch the whole series of Friends or put on your favourite 80’s outfit! Whatever the theme may be, get the crew together for a day/evening of fun. Maybe chuck in a game of lawn bowls to keep everyone moving and the competition rolling.

We know what you may be thinking here,  ‘you only live once’, ‘all in moderation’, ‘it’s just a treat’ -  however, when the majority of us spend over 60% of our day within the workplace, small changes like this can make a big difference in the long run.

Why not let your workplace take the lead to a healthier future?

Learn more using this Healthy Fundraising Guide

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