Raising money isn’t only a great opportunity to do something amazing for your community, it’s also a really fun way of breaking your routine.
It’s tough finding the perfect venue to hold your charity event so we’ve looked at the five most extravagant ways that money has been raised for charity across the world for some inspiration…
1. The Irish Sea: The Human Hamster Wheel
Most people have had a hamster at one time or another and those people have also smiled as their pet banged into walls in their exercise ball. Now, imagine you’re that hamster, there’s 80 metres of the sea beneath you and you’re travelling 66 miles across the Irish Sea. Does that still sound cute to you? well, that’s exactly what 35-year-old Engineer, Chris Todd, tried to do with his homemade human hamster wheel- he managed to raise an excellent £3565.30.
2. Australia: Spiderman, Spiderman, Does Whatever a Spider Can, Raises Money, Any Size…
And that’s exactly what the crazy Australian, Nick Le Souef, did. Back in 2010 Nick lived in a 12-foot-by-4-foot shop window with four hundred poisonous red-back, huntsman and black house spiders…for three weeks! I don’t know about you but those names alone give us the heebie-jeebies. This daredevil also reportedly attempted to do the stunt with snakes but wasn’t allowed. This was all in aid of raising $50,000 dollars for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
3. Florida: The Lion King…Literally
If you thought living with spiders was easy then meet 43-year-old army veteran, James Jablon. James vowed to walk straight into the lion’s den and live there for one whole month and reside with these unpredictable felines. Luckily, James survived the stunt and raised a whopping $160,000 for the Wildlife Sanctuary he owns in Florida.
4. New York: Different Day, Same Dress
For 365 days, Sheena Matheiken from New York vowed to wear the same dress every day. The tunic dress was designed to withstand the varying climate of New York and through sun, wind and rain Sheena braved the elements and persevered. Her persistent stunt raised $100,000 throughout the year for her chosen charity of The Akanksha Foundation which helps many Indian children receive education.
5. Canada: Going Bare in the Air
We’ve all heard of organised runs for charity but naked ziplining? At Zipzone in Canada 100 women bared all and flew through the air in a bid to raise $20,000 for Canadian Breast Cancer Research. This women-only event attracted so much of a following that not only were they oversubscribed but had to run a second event the following year!