|Posted by Lorraine Barnes on December 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM|
Underway with selling the CF Superheroes Calendar after a delay of nearly 2 weeks for delivery which mean't I am running out of time to maximise sales and was not able to get any publicity sorted for Press Releases via the CF Trust. Must get act together sooner in 2015! It was a last minute decision on my part to do one anyway so will do my best this year with the 1000 Calendars I have to sell - I would imagine the majority will end up being used to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and to drum up support for future fundraisers. The Sponsor, Hills Prospect Ltd, also have 1000 Calendars which will be distributed with drinks deliveries to pubs throughout London which will help raise awareness.
My aim was to try and raise between £5000 - £6000 from sales of the Calendar towards my target of £50,000 but am not sure that will be possible. However, people are busy with Christmas at the moment and some are busy gathering in orders, so anything is possible. I'm not the most patient person in the world .... I want everything "yesterday"!
Plans are progressing for a few Challenges for me in 2015 and I've already registered to do Wing Walking in Essex possibly in either May/June next year. Daniel also wants to do the Wing Walking, but it depends on whether I can raise the Sponsorship for us both - I like to encourage him to do anything he wants to do while he can do it - Cystic Fibrosis is so unpredictable and complex that we have no idea what the future holds for him, or for his brother.
I am planning on writiing or Tweeting 50 "Celeb's" to try and get SIGNED items to Auction on ebay at some point next year - once I get the 50 items, no matter how long it takes me to get them, I'll get the Auction underway.
I have another Facebook Auction planned, after the success of the 50 Auctions on Facebook which raised over £550 towards my target. The next Auction will include Unwanted Xmas presents/sales items - we all get a little "something" we don't know what to do with and I hate to say it, but every year I get Thorntons chocolates from my mother in law or Ferrero Roche and I don't like either - they will be in my Auction!
I have just booked a date today for "Team 50" Tandem Skydive Challenge which will be held on 27th June 2015 at Langar Airfield in Nottingham - just need to drum up 49 brave people to join me! Early days - again, people are planning Christmas - I'll wait until New Years Eve to mention it again when everyone has had a tipple or two and are planning their New Year's Challenges!
I am planning on doing a Zipwire in Snowdonia with Daniel next year, but have to fit then in with his University holidays - could be Easter time for that one.
I have days when I doubt whether I can actually meet the £50,000 Target - I am, after all, only one person, but I hope to encourage as many people involved in our lives as possible as a family to help me one way or another - so beware!! Family, friends, CF parents, neighbours, local town, my sons Secondary School, my boys CF Teams .... I have a certain friend I'd LOVE to do a Challenge with, but he's escaped to LA out of my reach - we all have dreams we can't reach!
January, fundraising wise, will be on a Low Key for me due to both boys having 2 weeks of IV antibiotics which will overlap and then Joe is having a Gastrostomy on 14th January - I'll be doing things in the background - planning!
When I feel myself slipping and doubting myself, I'll take a look at the pictures of my sons and remind myself .... I want to do this for them - I want them to have a secure future .... I want them to see 50 years old and way beyond.