Where there’s a will, there are infinite possibilities!

I am always asked how riders can possibly raise the money they need to join us.  And I am always amazed at the marvellous and inventive ways that they find to do it.  I thought it might be an appropriate time to mention some of these “ways and means” to you, in case you are one of those thinking that you’d like to come, but don’t know how to come up with the money.

We have a new fellow who will be Longriding for the first time this year.  His name is Elmer and he’s from Grande Prairie.  Elmer has already raised more than $4,000!  A big part of his funding comes from businesses that he does business with.  He went to them and said that if they would sponsor him for a minimum of $500, he’d put their logo on his truck and/or trailer for the duration of the summer.  That’s pretty good (and cheap) advertising for them … and an easy way for Elmer to find funds!

Another Longrider is Stacy.  She is holding a “Pink Evening” at her local tavern.  She’s gone to businesses and asked for silent auction items, and at this writing, she has not only gotten smaller items from local businesses, but she’s got Edmonton Eskimo tickets and Edmonton Oiler tickets that will be silent auctioned off!  If you’re interested in a fun evening with the potential of some nifty auction items, check this out:

Stacy Whalen’s Silent Auction

When I think back to all the different ways folks have found their funds, it’s amazing.  Someone took pink ribbon and an indelible pen.  For $20, she’d put the person’s name on a ribbon, then put the ribbon in her horse’s mane and keep it there for the duration of the ride.  A “ride along”, if you will.  One lovely lady had all her friends come for tea and cookies.  The entrance price?  An item that person was going to discard.  At the end of her tea and cookies event, she had enough items to hold a garage sale!  Another rider wore a baseball cap all the time.  On the cap was the logo of a company she was representing.  I’ve seen that with t-shirts too.  One woman went so far as to create a banner that went over her horse’s bum for a company she was representing.  Whenever we went on parade, on went the bum banner!  I’ve heard about bake sales at work.  I’ve even heard of a jar in the lunch room that people would put their change in to help the rider.  Oh!  And never forget bottles!  If you can get a barrel installed at some place where people discard their bottles (like a gas station), and as long as you make sure you empty it often, that can be a great source of funds.

Need another idea?  Call me.  Or write.  I’m always here … and I’ve seen (or heard) it all!  (Okay, maybe not all.  But I’ve seen or heard lots!)

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