Five charity fundraising events you shouldn't try at home
Al Kinley Editorial assistant for Oxfam's digital communications
23rd Oct 2012
What's the strangest thing you've done for charity? Here are just five fundraising activities for brave, dedicated or just plain peculiar supporters. We highly recommend not trying these at home.
Got any stories of your own? Share your favourite weird and wonderful ideas in the comments.
5. "Cow pie" bingo
"It's just like normal bingo, except you take bets on which square a cow is going to besmirch with its digested grass!" I can't put it any better than WeirdWorm does in its own "Five strange fundraising ideas" blog.
Why you shouldn't try it at home: At home? Think about it. Bingo.
4. Living with 300 deadly spiders
Australian Nick Le Souef incarcerated himself and 300 deadly spiders in a shop window in Melbourne for three weeks, all to raise money for charity. He's also done three-week stints in a snake pit, a shark tank and a cage with redback spiders. "I don't like spiders all that much," he said. What dedication!
Why you shouldn't try it at home: While it's a fundraising activity with some bite, it might be the last fundraiser you ever put on.
3. Wearing the same dress for a year
Sheena Matheiken vowed to wear the same little black dress every day for a year - and make it look unique each day. It was an "exercise in sustainability" - and she raised more than $100,000 to send children to school.
Why you shouldn't try it at home: Because it will almost certainly mean you do less shopping in Oxfam shops.
2. Flamingo flash mobs
Commenter Eric on Youth Worker Movement tells the strange but true story of gathering 144 plastic flamingos in the yard of a member of his church, asking them to nominate the next yard to get the treatment, and quietly offering them the chance to make a donation.
Why you shouldn't try it at home: We're not even sure it's legal. Nonetheless it amused as a unique way to garner attention for a cause.
1. Getting tasered
Here's another one we absolutely don't recommend. US Sheriff Leon Lott volunteered to be shocked with a taser, charging $1,000 for each second of shock! He donated the money to the Richland County Sherriff's Foundation.
Why you shouldn't try it at home: It's got shock value, but Oxfam's all about saving lives, not endangering them.
Can you top these peculiar fundraising ideas? Let us know in the comments.