A Finnish teenager smashed the world record — and probably his phone — in this year’s annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship in Finland. According to contest organizers, the competition offers mobile phone users a unique opportunity to “pay back all the frustrations and disappointments caused by these modern equipments.” Finland is the home of Nokia and is awash in obsolete phones. The event has been held in the southeastern town of Savonlinna since 2000. While this particular event was not a fundraiser, other locales have used them as a fundraiser and to raise awareness for mobile phone recycling. Some of the more common categories are:
1. Original (also called “Traditional”): an over-the-shoulder throw with the farthest distance winning (best of three)
2. Freestyle: contestants get points for aesthetics and creative choreography
3. Team original: up to three competitors have one throw each with their scores added together
4. Junior: for children aged twelve or younger
This definitely has possibilities for a creative thinking group!
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.