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Aim: To stimulate thinking and commitment to personal financial giving and support of good causes. This Seniors activity can be linked to Company/Battalion Camp as a Camp Appeal activity. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack - Community C-4


• Information on charities and good causes
• Flip chart and pens
• Paper and pens for preparing pitch
• Additional equipment as required
• Information gained in Taster 1
• Token money
• Bible
• Loans / Seed money


Task 1 - The Value of Money

Sometimes it is easy to be generous with your time and support, but your own personal finances can often be a different issue. Money is very powerful, you might have heard the phrase “money makes the
world go around” and to an extent this is true. Every time you spend your money you are making a choice and prioritising your needs:

• Collect together details of four charities or good causes where donations of money are important, e.g. children’s hospice, NSPCC, Cancer Research, RNU, church needs etc.
• List on a flip chart the latest item of leisure goods you have bought or had bought for you and how much it cost. Such goods could include clothing, music, computer games, shoes, make up, jewellery, etc.
• At the end of the activity you will be asked to decide which one of four charities / good causes they as an individual would make a donation to the same value as their leisure item and why? There is no option to not choose or to give it to themselves on this occasion.
• In pairs read one of the sets of the charity information and in 15 minutes come up with a 3 minutes pitch which will get the rest of the group to donate to your charity.
• Pitch to the rest of the group.
• Get each member of the group to note on a flip chart the charity they would make their donation.

Think about:
• Why you chose that charity?
• How difficult was the choice?
• What made the difference?
• What difference would the money you spent on your last leisure goods have made to the charity? Write to them to find out.

Collect together the charity / good cause information according to the number of sub-groups formed. The charity information needs to include information on what the charity does, what different aspects of work costs, how important donations are etc. This can normally be found in the Annual report or Review or straight off a website.

Tips I Advice:
• The group can be split into small sub groups of 3 or 4 or even individuals. The smaller the sub group the better to ensure real engagement by everyone.
• The number of sub-groups will affect the time it takes to go through this activity and thus a decision will need to be made about winning the activity for longer or over two weeks.
• The pitch can be a presentation, an advert, a sketch etc. or a combination. The options can be as complex or as simple as the equipment available and time allows.

Task 2 - Choosing a Good Cause

Ask everyone to come to the activity prepared to show information or talk about their own favourite good cause, or a good cause they have supported recently. You might like to set a maximum length of 2-3 minutes. The aim of the talk is to get others within the group to support their cause and they need to provide enough information about it to raise as much money as they can from the group.

Provide everyone with token money representing the value of their leisure item (from Taster 1). Get the group to decide on their own how many of their tokens they want to give away and to which good cause. For this activity group members should be informed that they are not allowed to donate their money to their own favourite good cause. They can choose not to give anything away, some of it away or all of it; they can distribute their tokens any way they choose. Place baskets or buckets in the room clearly representing each cause. Share which good cause raised the most money.

Think about:
• Why they supported that good cause?
• Why they think others should support their cause too?
• Why that charity got the most?
• How did they decide how much to give and to which good cause?
• Did anyone keep any tokens? Why?
• Does anyone support good causes? Why?

Ask everyone to come to the activity prepared to show information or talk about their own favourite good cause, or a good cause they have supported recently. The aim is to get other young people within the group to support their cause and they need to provide enough information about their cause to raise as much token money as they can from the group.
• Prepare token money

Christian Faith 1 - Talents

Project Description:
The Parable of the Talents is a parable told by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 25:14-30. It was told to illustrate an aspect of the nature of what living a God like life is like. Read the parable and discuss what happened

Think about:
• Why was the master disappointed?
• Which servant would you be like?

Use this idea to set a challenge for the following week. Give everyone approximately £5 and in just a week use your gifts to multiply it. This money can then be given to a chosen charity or cause.

Think about:
• How will you repay the loan at the end of the week with interest?
• Will you do this project as individuals, in pairs, or small groups?
• Which good cause will you support? They don't necessarily have to be the same as anyone else. You could choose the good cause at the end of project but you may rind it easier to decide at the beginning so that you can tell people where the money is going once you have raised it.
• How are you going to turn your £5 into £10 or even more? e.g. buy pizza making materials, make pizza and sell slices or to buy car cleaning equipment and charge to clean cars. Think about what you are good at, make up your own ideas or ask for ideas. They must be legal activities and not break any rules of your group.

Once you have decided on the ideas take time to plan them out. Think about:
• What equipment will you need?
• How much time will you need to get things in place?
• How you are going to tell people about your project so that they can help?
• What permission do you need to get?
• What help do you need to ask for?
• What else will you need to do to make sure the activity is safe?

Talk your plans through with the group to make sure you have thought of everything you need and to make sure you will be insured and safe while you do it. Now go and do it. Next week see how you have got on and how much money you have got through using your gifts. Pay back the loans, and present the interest to the good causes of your choice, It may be nice to think about going to visit the good cause or telling your church what you have been doing.

Tips / Advice:

• It is useful to choose the good cause at the beginning as it will help increase the money generated by telling people what it is for.
• There are some legal requirements about fundraising which need to be followed — check these on charity websites or with someone with experience.
• If you’re brave you could reward the person who raised the most money with the initial loan, as was done in the parable. There is no guarantee that they will give it to the good cause though!

Safety Issues I Risk Assessment:
It is really important to consider all the safety issues around any activity.

Christian Faith 2 - Giving

Every year on 1V there are numerous appeal shows that raise millions of pounds for charity. In a 4 week period the UK Giving Report 2007 found that 54% of the UK population donated something to charity, but it is estimated that we only donated £9.5 billion. That might sound a lot but that works out at about £16 per person in that period.

Think about:
• What do you spend your money on? Create a pie chart dividing up where your money goes (you could even use an actual pie!)
• Have you given to help someone or a good cause out of your own money? Why?
• Is it important— now or in the future?

Read some of the following Mark 12:41-44; Deuteronomy 14:22, 28-29; Matthew 19:16-24; Luke 6:38; Acts 20:33-35; 2 Corinthians 9:7-11.

Think about:
• What do these verses teach us about our money?
• What should our attitude be to money?
• Can we be more generous with our money?
• What do you think giving out of poverty means?

Put the readings onto separate pieces of paper.

Tips / Advice:
Use a version of The Bible that will be easily understood e.g. the Youth Bible: New Century Version, Contemporary English Version, New Living Translation, The Message or perhaps the Street Bible.
The idea of this exercise is not to overburden the group with guilt, but inspire them into action.

Project - Fundraising Task

Project Description:
Now as a group set your targets a bit further and wider. Plan a project that will raise money for a charity.

Think about:
• What is your cause?
• What is your target?
• Why are you passionate about it?
• How can you become even more informed about it? e.g. invite someone to speak or train you about the issue.
• What will you do? Will there be a theme?
• When and where will you hold your event? Think about what time of the year is best and find out what else is going on.
• Are you going to set yourself a target?
• How will you publicise and invite people to attend?
• Who is going to help you?
• How are you going to divide up jobs?
• Who is going to project manage?
• How will you raise donations?

Remember to have fun and make it safe. The more fun you have, the more your guests are likely to give! As well as having fun it is vital that in holding any event you protect yourself and others and are careful to safeguard children.

Tips / Advice:
• Choose something you really care about.
• Remember to evaluate the project after it is happened.
• There are some legal requirements about fundraising which need to be followed — check these on charity websites or with someone with experience.


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