One of the main ideas behind the Umbrella 7s is that Irish youths are helping raise funds for orphan, destitute and trafficked children in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. It is for this reason that we would encourage all students taking part in the fundraising to come up with some fundraising initiatives themselves and not only rely on the school and/or parents for money, if at all possible. We would hope that all Transition Year students would take the fundraising on as a project, and not just those taking part in the tournament.
The former Country Director of The Umbrella Foundation in Nepal would also be willing to give a talk to the Transition Year students to give a bit of background information on the work Umbrella are doing, if this was deemed helpful.
We would also encourage those participating, if possible, to raise as much funds as they can and not to necessarily stick to the minimum requirements. Through a team of volunteer organisers and Terenure College’s generosity, costs have been kept to an absolute minimum. From the website to the printing, all marketing has also been done with the help of volunteers. It is for this reason that the vast majority of funds raised from the Umbrella 7s will be going directly to help the children Umbrella cares for in Nepal, so please aim high and raise as much as you can.
How teams choose to raise the funds is up to them, but the following are a few ideas that may help:
No Uniform Day
- All students who don’t wear their uniform to school on a day which has been agreed by the school management must pay a certain donation. Depending on the size of the school and amount of money charged, this can raise a significant amount.
- Ask all the student in the school to donate a small amount, depending on the size of the school, this can be effective
- Ask to speak at the local church, explaining to the local parishioners the work that The Umbrella Foundation are doing in Nepal
- Get permission from local supermarket, church, or shopping area to collect on the street
- Participating teams must pay a certain entrance fee to take part in the quiz, with teams of four usually working best.
- This can be done in school or some evening
- By contacting local businesses, shops, restaurants, and informing transition year students’ parents, you may be able to collect a number of decent raffle prizes.
- Transition Year students can then each be allocated a certain number of tickets each to sell
- A raffle can also be done at a Table Quiz, with tickets sold before and during the quiz
- Similar to the raffle, if you can source some attractive prizes, e.g. signed sports jerseys, sport or concert tickets, etc., you can have an auction during a raffle or simply at another event which, providing there are enough interested parties, can raise a significant amount
- Each TY student can be given a sponsorship card and can ask their friends, families and neighbours for support
- The Umbrella Foundation sponsorship cards can be posted out to schools if necessary
- Requests students from your school to ask parents and see if any would be willing to support your team
- Students and families of students can bake cakes and sell them at school or after Sunday mass
Sponsored Bleep Test (or other fitness test)
- Students ask friends and family to pledge a certain amount of money for each point or level they pass and collect afterwards
- This can also be done with teachers, coaches or parents, for more fun
- Other fitness or endurance activities can also be done in place of the bleep test
7s Competition in School
- Students can organise a 7s competition within their school, with each team/participant having to pay a nominal amount
- Bag packing in your local supermarket, need to get permission first and often there are waiting lists
For further fundraising ideas follow the link below to the MyCharity.ie ‘fundraising ideas’ page: