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The Power of Raising Money to Help Yourself and Others Like You
In July 2015, the My Life My Choice trustees decided to start a 100 Club lottery to raise money for the charity. A small sub-committee was formed to make the key decisions. How often should the draw be? How much will the tickets cost? How much would the prize money be?
They quickly found that there was a lot to think about. For example, they wanted to raise as much money as possible for My Life My Choice, but also make each ticket inexpensive enough that people with learning disabilities (who are often living on benefits) can afford them.
In the end they decided to sell 100 tickets at £10 each, and to use half of the money raised as prize money. That means, for the last 2 years, the My Life My Choice 100 Club has raised £500 a year for the charity.
When you look at the big picture of all the money raised by the organisation, it might not seem that much. But actually, all of the trustees and members who have sold 100 Club tickets have found the experience to be really empowering.
MLMC member Dawn raised £210 for MLMC by selling 21 tickets. Well done, Dawn!
My Life My Choice is a user led organisation, run by and for people who have a learning disability . All 15 of our trustees have a learning disability, and have been helped by the charity. The 100 Club gives them the opportunity to raise money for the organisation that they are part of and that, they all agree, feels amazing.
As well as selling the tickets, the 100 Club committee arrange the draws and contact the winners. It is a great example of a user-led fundraising initiative.
Now the 100 Club is entering its third year and we are hoping to continue for many years to come.
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