Fundraising Tips

We put the FUN in fundraising – find out how!

Relay For Life is a year round movememt.  However we love to celebrate our top fundraisers and that means we need a cut of date!  So all funds received by midnight on May 31 will count towards your team total and will be announce along with other awards at the Thank You Event in June.

Fundraising Award Categories include: 

  • Top Non Corporate Fundraising Team 
  • Top Corporate Fundraising Team
  • Top Corporate New Comer 
  • Top Non Corporate New Comer
  • Certificates for Heroes Club (raised over $10,000)

Check our tips and ideas below.

Fundraising Tips

Ten ways to become a Top Relay FUNdraising Team

The best fundraising tool you can use is promoting your team's fundraising page, which you can access through the Participant Centre after you've signed up. The Participant Centre makes it easier than ever.

Encourage your family and friends to make a donation online. Online donations also help you to recruit and communicate with your supporters and track your progress.

1. Use Photos

Upload photos and a blog in the participant centre to encourage friends, family and colleagues to donate.

2. Aim High

Set a fundraising goal with your team and encourage your team members to set individual goals.

3. Share Information

Educate yourself and your team about where the money goes.

4. Dust Off Your Address Book

Send emails to family and friends. Ask for their support and tell them why you Relay! Send a link to your personal fundraising page so they are able to donate easily.

5. Success in Members

Gather teams together and hold a multi-team fundraiser, such as a golf tournament or car wash.

6. Just Ask

Ask for donations from at least three new people a week for 6 weeks ($10 each = $180!).

7. Use Social Media

Show you’re serious by making the very first donation and then share on your facebook page – tag your friends and ask them to share on their page to help spread the word. Be sure to use #BermudaRelay.

8. A Little Change Makes A Lot of Cents

Ask your team members to collect spare change and donate it to Relay.

9. On-Site Fundraising

Host a fun fundraiser at your campsite on the day of Relay that other participants can get involved with.

10. Say Thank You!

Thank your supporters and team. Let them know how grateful you are. Do it as personally as you can – no matter how big or small the donation..

Here Are Just a Few Examples of Team Fundraisers...

Company Contribution

Solicit a specific donation from your organisation above and beyond that raised by your team and apply the credit for incentives for all team members.

Auction (Silent or Live)

Hold the event at your business, in your neighborhood, or at church. Ask for contributions of unique items. Display the items (or descriptions) prior to the event. Hold the auction over lunch or at a convenient time.

Bake for Cure's Sake

Hold a Friday bake sale at work so employees will have treats for the weekend. Encourage breakfast items, as well as sweets like bars and cookies.

Car Wash

An oldie, but a goodie. This works great for high school teams.


Do you have a team that makes quilts? Make quilt squares in honour and in memory of people with cancer. Ask for a contribution for different sizes: a 4" square for $5, an 8" square for $15, and a 12" square for $25. Display the quilt at a public location.

Photo Contest

Hold a "stumper" photo contest. Ask employees to bring a baby or childhood photo of themselves that they believe no one can identify. Ask for a donation to make a guess. Give winners a contributed prize.

You could also ask for contributions for:

  • The shirt off your back. Donors pay $ to write their names on the back of your shirt that gets worn for 24 hours

  • Food, any kind, anyway, anywhere

  • Art, both professional and student

  • Candles

  • Flowers