Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

Educators always need fun and engaging activities for preschool, childcare and day care centres.

Charity fundraising events create learning opportunities for children of all ages, their parents and the wider community. They’re also  great ways for educators to get the class involved with the community, while complying with the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

For centres that haven’t yet hosted a charity fundraiser, or aren’t sure what’s required for a great event, we’ve listed our top five preschool fundraising events to help you get started. So, let’s get fundraising.

1. Read-a-thon

Kids love stories! Story-time is an exciting part of the day for many children, hearing about faraway places, animals and other fun-filled tales. While the little one’s might not yet be able to read, helping them learn is a cause family and friends will be excited to be a part of.

For a preschool read-a-thon you’ll need to take a different approach. Instead of the children reading themselves, have parents and teachers read to the preschoolers.

What you will need: Create a scorecard for students and parents to log their reading time and the number of books each child has read.

How to collect donations: Have the children ask for sponsorships from family members and friends for each book read to them within a given time frame. We recommend two weeks.

Fundraising Tip: Have the children tell the class about their favourite story at your next news day as part of the read-a-thon.

Many children have to drop out of school because of serious illness. Without help, they may never be able to get the education they need.

I recently treated a seven-year-old boy called Mamopi. Mamopi had been sick for a while, but no one had been able to tell his parents what was wrong with him.

He was too weak to go to school, and his parents had to miss a lot of work to care for him, which left them struggling financially.

They spent all their savings on medications, but nothing helped.

When I heard about Mamopi, I visited the family and advised them to take him for a scan.

He was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis.

I helped his parents come up with a treatment plan, showed them how to administer the treatment and explained about how best to care for him.