Sponsorship of the raffle and the fun run is obviously crucial to our fundraising. We raised some $6,000 from the raffle last year.
We introduced CASH PRIZES for the Half Marathon of $300 for 1st, $150 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd for men and women and runners came from far and wide. We have introduced two age groups for this category - Under 40 and 40+.
There is no better lure than cold hard cash no matter how old you are, so we introduced a 2km race for children in age 7-9 and 10-12 and a 1km for age 4-6 with CASH PRIZES of $60 for 1st, $30 for 2nd and $10 for 3rd for boys and girls in each age group.
We have also introduced the "BENDIGO BANK PRIMARY SCHOOL CHALLENGE" to encourage schools to enter teams in these three age groups and the school who has the largest percentage of the school enrolment complete the run receive $1,000. This was won by St Mary's in 2017, Mansfield Primary in 2016 and Jamieson Primary in 2015.
We also have a 10km and a 5km race and with three age groups, U/16, U/40 & 40+ and would love to introduce CASH PRIZES for these groups if we can source sponsorship. We had approximately 350 entrants in the 10km run in 2017 all the students and teachers from Timbertop Grammar compete along with quite a number of the student's parents come from far and wide to catch up with their children and some also compete alongside them.
All runners are professionally timed and medals are presented for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each age group and category. This year we will be presenting 66 medals in total. On top of that all children who complete the 2km and 1km run receive a Certificate of Achievement.
You can see it takes a lot of sponsors to make this happen. As a major sponsor ($500 or more) your name/logo goes on the timing bib (last year we had 750 runners), is on our website, all advertising and flyers, and you are invited to present medals and bring along advertising banners and promotional material on the day or you could have naming rights to a particular event.