Why Go Purple?
1 in 5 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives and half of all these problems begin before the age of 14.
A recent survey has shown that mental health issues are 25% higher among children and young people in Northern Ireland than other parts of the UK. Action Mental Health is working hard to tackle these issues.
Upon registering to Go Purple, sponsorship forms and a digital pack of great resources will be emailed to you. In addition, on this page, you will find some downloadable resources to help you to Go Purple.
If at this point you would like to ask questions, please email [email protected]
Plan to Go Purple
1. What do you want to achieve?
In order to be a successful fundraiser, you need to know what you want to achieve. It is important that your ideas excite you and that you can explain the importance of what you are doing, as you will be the one inspiring your friends and rallying their support.
2. Plan for success
Taking a professional approach to fundraising ensures that your efforts are consistent, focused and generate results every time. Have a plan, a time- frame and delegate the work that needs to be actioned. Get your friends and family involved! By giving them a task and something to do they will be far more engaged with Go Purple.
3. It takes a team
Fundraising as part of a team offers the benefits of sharing creative ideas and expertise. Share the load and delegate the tasks.
4. Be inventive
Try something new, some of the best ideas come from those around you so ask for some bright ideas to raise funds. Remember the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge?’ – think outside the box. What about a purple sponge throwing event, and pop the poor head teacher in the stocks?
5. Consult your team
Understand your audience, the size of your group or family what they like doing, and what has worked before when you have organised events.
6. Use Your Strengths
Build on previous success and plan a winning strategy to make your event a success. Have you a brilliant choir, orchestra, artists, creative writers or a sports team- all of these avenues can be utilised for a successful fundraising event.
7. Less Haste, More MONEY!
Plan and be consistent about how and when you are asking for donations, is it a Just Giving page that you share on your website, email home, is it sponsorship forms or a letter home?
8. Speak Up
If you do not ask, you do not get. If you need help speak up, speak up and ask for help, advice or assistance and of course, the fundraising team are always here to answer your questions, email [email protected]