This is super, super exciting and a little (LOT) scary too. Welcome to Mum’N’Dad@70. What the hell is that I hear you ask? Okay, let’s just pretend you asked 😉 This is my new challenge to help me finish my old challenge with a little twist! Clear as mud, yes!
So, last year I started my MNDAD@70 challenge. If this is new to you, you can read all about it here. But a shortened version is; I was trying to do 70 giveaways via my social media channels to celebrate what should have been my Dad’s 70th birthday. I contacted companies asking them to donate prizes and then raffled them. You purchased the tickets through donating to my Justgiving page. So all the money went straight to the MNDA.
The challenge was ticking along nicely. It was a little daunting and overwhelming at times. SEVENTY prizes = LOTS. I was very fortunate that some businesses were very generous. We managed to get to 31 giveaways and raised over £800.
The last giveaway took place last October. Time just disappeared and I had planned to start it all again at the start of 2020. Well then 2020 struck, need I say more…
In Olaf stylee (Frozen 2, it’s a cracker!), my mum died unexpectedly, COVID took over the world and everything just went a little weird. Bizarrely the days during this year have, at times, felt like they were dragging, but all of a sudden the year has flown by. Like many people I have been feeling a little lost and like I had unfinished business. Charities have missed out on so much fundraising this year, so it got me thinking.
Ding, I had an idea that just seemed to fit together perfectly. If I add MU to the front of MNDAD@70, it actually say, Mum ‘N’ Dad. If this wasn’t a sign to complete this challenge then I don’t know what is. Well, apart from the fact that next June would have been my mum’s 70th birthday. Doesn’t it all seem to fit perfectly? This challenge could be completed by next June, as that’s when my mums birthday would have been.
So, that’s when Mum’N’Dad@70 was born! The challenge will be completed, but this time raising money for TWO charities. I have set up a new fundraising page so that the money will now be split between the British Heart Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
I have been working hard behind the scenes to get this off the ground again and lucky some companies have been generous enough to donate some prizes, but I have now found out that I need a license to be able to run these raffles. So that is where I am now. I have put in the application form and paid the fee, but as soon as we get the green light, we can get this challenge going. Whoop whoop (Can you tell that I am excited?)
Hopefully, it means that you will get the chance to win some great prizes, whilst I get the chance to raise lots of money for two charities that are very close to my heart.
My Mum and Dad were two of the kindest and giving people, so the thought of raise money and awareness in the memory seems very fitting. I appreciate that 2020 hasn’t been kind to many people, so if you are unable to donate money or the prize on offer does not appeal to you, please get involved by sharing the posts about Mum’N’Dad@70, liking the content shared and commenting as that helps me raise awareness and get the word out. The more people that are aware the more chance of people entering and raising lots of money.
Also, if you have a link to a business that could offer a prize, please let me know. I know that I will be purchasing some gift vouchers myself for prizes but I would prefer not to have to do that 33 times! Make sure you are following me on Instagram, as that is where most of the publicity for the raffles will take place.