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April Showers Bring … May Mudraising?

April 11, 2013

If you are feeling in a rut with your fundraising for a Bright Space or for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children in general, here are some quick and dirty fundraising (or mudraising) ideas.

It all started with Michael Freund in the UK. He first came in contact with the Foundation when his company Video Inn Productions was hired for Awards of Excellence events.  He decided to complete a Tough Mudder event on May 4th (Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie – plenty of versions exist in the U.S., too.)

“For those that know me, I don’t do sporting events, let alone something as crazy as this. I will be doing it for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children who do amazing work for children and their families in the community,” writes Michael on his fundraising website. “Training at the Stoke Mandeville stadium, I am not only motivated by the thought of being able to help improve the quality of life for children, but also by seeing less able bodied people put physically active people to shame.”

Michael hopes to raise £5,000 to create a Bright Space.

If a Tough Mudder is not your thing, here are some more down and dirty fundraising ideas that kids can help with:

Mud Mask

For a donation, paint on a healthy and yummy chocolate face mask: Mix ½ c. cocoa powder with ½ c. honey. Mix in 3 Tablespoons ground oatmeal and 4 Tablespoons coconut milk.  Mix into a smooth paste and apply. Leave on for 10 minutes before removing with warm water. Chocolate has great antioxidant and cleansing properties and also contains magnesium which brightens dull-looking skin.

Making Art with Dirt

Painting with dirt, making clay pots, the earth’s the limit. Be creative, have fun, and auction the children’s results off to raise money.

Yummy, Muddy Bake Sale Ideas

For a different take on a typical bake sale, try these yummy mudraising treats.

*No baking required – could be made in the center.