Special Olympics South Australia Supports Their Athletes with Easter Raffle
Special Olympics South Australia worked hard during their 2015 Easter Raffle, held April 1. “The raffle was held as part of our fundraising efforts to help with the cost of six of our members who are part of the Australian Team competing at the [Special Olympics] World Games in July this year,” wrote Lisa Hester, the national netball coordinator and South Australian state coordinator for the association, in an email interview.
Special Olympics South Australia, part of the larger Special Olympics organization started by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1962, gives children and adults with disabilities the chance to participate in the glory of sport. As the website states, “Special Olympics South Australia brings the joy of sport and competition to children and adults with an intellectual disability by giving them opportunities to achieve their personal best on and off the sporting field.” Worldwide, over four million athletes in over 170 countries are part of the Special Olympics community.
The South Australian organization was founded in 1976. Their mission statement is “to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports” for those with intellectual disabilities and to keep giving them opportunities to engage in fitness and friendship, is kept alive with supportive events like the Easter Raffle.
Participants in the raffle could have won Easter baskets valued at $100, $150, and $200. Getting the prizes set up is one thing, but marketing the event is another. Thankfully, Special Olympics South Australia had a great network to draw from. Hester wrote that promotion for the event involved marketing “[t]hrough our club committees, Facebook and email.” The tickets themselves also helped the team promote the tickets. “They were great and made it look so much more professional,” she wrote. Because of the team’s efforts, the event went off even better than Hester could have imagined. “I was surprised at the amount of people who donated to the raffle,” she said.
For those out there that are currently working on their own raffle projects, Hester recommended getting professionally-made tickets as well as using all of our modes of promotion to get word about your event out to the public. “Spread the word through all possible outlets,” she wrote.
You can learn more about Special Olympics South Australia by clicking here.