“We ran an aerial adventure challenge, which was really great fun and a little bit scary. Over 40 brave souls participated, myself among them. I think everyone was a bit nervous prior to going on the course, but the trainers on site were excellent and everyone completed the course, adrenaline flowing. It was so invigorating a few wanted to do it again. We will definitely run this again.”
Sarah Amexheta, high ropes challenge organiser.
How can a high ropes challenge help?
Swinging around in a harness could help provide essential equipment for emergency response operations in the UK. Raising £200 could pay for 20 emergency tow straps, 20 wire tow ropes, or ten four-metre lifting slings.
High ropes challenge fundraising tips
- Be aware that it can be a lot of work to organise a high ropes challenge or similar event. Consider forming a fundraising team to spread the workload.
- Write to different activity centres or venues that run aerial challenges to try and get the cost of the event reduced or waived.
- Cover costs by setting a registration fee that will be enough even if only 50 per cent of estimated participants sign up. To raise the bulk of the money, ask participants to also raise a certain level of sponsorship.
- Once someone registers, send them regular updates and use social media to keep them keen and encourage fundraising.
- The venue or activity centre will probably run the day itself, but be prepared to publicise the event and register participants yourself. Create posters and ask local sports clubs, libraries and societies to display them. Contact local papers and radio to get their support.
- Keep a spreadsheet with a list of participants and ask them to bring their sponsorship money or copies of their online fundraising pages with them on the day. That way you won’t have to chase for money after the event.