C2-1 Fundraising

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Aim: For the children to be able to contribute to the fundraising of the church of for a different cause. Young children become involved in fundraising through school, BB or through parental involvement As they get older, their idea of fundraising and giving to others grows alongside their understanding of disparity, moral judgement and financial issues. Fundraising gives children a sense of empowerment. Children rarely have the financial resources to bring about change, but through fundraising, they can acquire the resources to begin the process of change. This allows them to see that they are able to make a positive impact or change in their community or the wider world. Introduction: Two straightforward and easy recipes which can then be church, the local Company, disaster relief, mission etc. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack C-2-1


Information on potential charities, groups and fundraising needs

Activity 2
• Mixing bowls
• Wooden spoons
• Blunt knife (normal dinner knife)
• Baking tray (Muffin tin)
• Clingfilm
• Oven
• 55g/ 2oz Cooking margarine (e.g. Stork)
• 55g/ 2oz refined vegetable fat (e.g. Cookeen)
• 110g/ 8oz plain flour
• Any flavour jam.

Activity 3
• Mixing bowl
• Sieve
• Trays/Baking sheets
• 8 0z/ 225g self raising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 4 oz/110g soft butter or margarine
• 2 oz/ 55g sugar
• 4 oz/ 110g mixed dried fruit (optional)
• 2 oz/ 55g currants
• 1 medium egg
• 1-3 tbsp milk
• Demerara sugar for sprinkling
• Oil for greasing
• Oven


Activity 1 - Fundraising Planning

Aim: To think through fundraising and look at some ideas.

Community service as a form of helping people in need is a valuable lesson for children of any age. Fundraising says to children, “Let’s help others or “Let’s make a change in our community. Children are very open to learning about why we need to help others and raise money.

When you explain fundraising to children, make sure your conversation is child-centred and age-appropriate. For example, if you are explaining a children’s cancer charity to a very young child, you might simply tell them that their efforts will help a child their age who is sick. However, if you’re explaining the charity to older children, you can elaborate and explain more about cancer and the ways it affects families.

Every year schools and groups plan their fundraising. By creating a plan you can give your money raising efforts the best chance for success. Don’t try to plan a last minute fundraising event it will be stressful for the organisers, the volunteers and without enough time to promote the fundraiser, you may not have the type of success that you could have if you pre-plan the event.

When deciding when to hold fundraisers. keep in mind holiday times, television marathons and avoid fundraising efforts at the beginning of January as many families limit their budget after Christmas.

The best fundraising events for interest and profit involve some useful product sale. Cake sales. plant sales etc etc.

• Create enthusiasm — Pick a project to fund raise for and really get the children involved in that project. Show them pictures of the people involved, talk to them about who they would like to raise money for or give them a few options. Possibly missionaries within the church, local charities or Tear fund projects. You could also lock at what national charities the SB is supporting. But really get them involved in the project. Once they are enthusiastic, their families will hear about the project and give their support.
• Decide on the fundraising idea. Cake sale, raffle etc
• Keep it fun - If the children are not having fun while they are preparing for a fundraising event they will not be willing participants. Help them to engage by making it interesting and fun.
• Add some healthy competition into the mix; which group can sell the most cakes.
• Make sure there is value for those donating — there will be more interest and demand and your sales will be boosted.
• Make it easy for your products to be bought — if people can get hold of what you are selling easily and it is a good product they will be willing to buy more.

Activity 2 - Jam Tarts

Aim: To bake jam tarts for sale.

Measure out the ingredients beforehand, It is also a bit easier if the margarine and vegetable fat have been taken from the fridge half an hour earlier. Alternatively, you could prepare the dough yourself and only involve the children in the rolling out, cutting and filling of the jam tarts.

• Place the vegetable fat margarine and flour in a mixing bowl and mix them all together with your fingers until you have a mainly crumbly mixture. The odd lump or two will not spoil the pastry.
• Add 3 tablespoons of water to the pastry mix and “cut” it in with a blunt knife.
• With your hands form the pastry mix into a ball shape. This will take a minute or so. Add a little more water to the mix if it won’t form a ball easily. Most of the bits from the side of the bowl can be cleaned off into the ball when the mixture is correct
• Wrap the pastry mix in cling film and place in the fridge for thirty minutes.
• Dust the work surface with flour, take the pastry mix from the fridge and flatten it slightly with your hands.
• Use a rolling pin to flatten out the pastry to approximately 1/4cm (one tenth inch)
• Keep turning the pastry round every few rolls to stop it sticking to the work surface.
• Use the pastry cutter to cut out pastry circles which are just larger than the holes in the baking tray. Firmly put each pastry circle into a hole in the baking tray. Fill each pastry with a teaspoon of jam.
• Cut some strips from the remaining pastry and lay them on the tarts as shown in the picture on the right.
• Place the tarts in the pre-heated oven and cook for twenty minutes at 180°C / 350°F /Gas Mark 4.

The children will be able to prepare and handle the dough with clear instructions, demonstration and some assistance.

Extension Tasks/ Adaptations:
• You can wrap the cakes nicely in plastic bags with ribbon tied around the top for the purpose of selling the cakes.
• You could also ask members of the church to bake other cakes so that you could have a larger cake sale and extend the fundraising capabilities.

Activity 3 - Rock Cakes

Aim: To bake rock cakes for sale.

• Measure out the ingredients beforehand.

• Heat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6
• Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large baking bowl, add the softened butter or margarine, and lightly rub together with fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
• Add the sugar and the dried fruit and mix so all ingredients are well incorporated.
• Add the egg and 1 tbsp of the milk and mix to create a stiff dough. If the mixture is still dry add milk a tbsp at a time until required consistency.
• Lightly grease two baking sheets.
• Using a tablespoon divide the mixture into 12 mounds evenly spaced on the 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle with the Demerara sugar.
• Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden brown and well risen.

The children will be able to prepare and handle the dough with clear instructions, demonstration and some assistance.

Extension Tasks! Adaptations:
• You can wrap the cakes nicely in plastic bags with ribbon tied around the top for the purpose of selling the cakes.

Devotion Links:
Luke 10: The story of the goad Samaritan.

The story has a great deal of meaning, but with this age group it is most suitable just to relate to the issue of helping people and that Jesus asks us to be good neighbours to people that we may never meet. How can we do this?

We can pray for them and we can also do practical things like raising money to help. It might be suitable to ask someone from Church to talk about a particular project that is being supported or someone from an agency.

It is often useful with this age group to relate to other children. If you are raising money for a disaster relief agency, children can understand better if they can see how it will benefit children like themselves.

For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack C2-1


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