Trike-A-Thon Fundraiser

Hold a fundraising “Trike-a-thon”.  It is exactly what it sounds like. Make it an athletic challenge where young children get donations per lap that they will ride on their tricycles on a given day or flat donations. Paint a special trike path in your parking lot or use tape on a gymnasium floor.  Hold the ride on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and invite parents and donors to attend to cheer on their child.  Or it can be held during the school day and invite the parents to come at specific times to cheer for their child’s class.   Source: The Perpetual Preschool (Upland, California)

Students at the Block Island Early Learning Center donned their bicycle helmets and climbed aboard their bikes to help in a fundraising event to raise money for children with cancer. They were participating a Trike-A-Thon fundraiser for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trike-A-Thon, which was held inside because of inclement weather, had the children taking turns riding around the “track,” a circle taped to the school floor. Music and refreshments helped the bikers keep up their momentum for the two-hour fundraiser, which lasted “from 10 a.m. till 12 noon, or until they got tired — whichever came first. SourceBlock Island Times (Block Island, Rhode Island)

Miles Robertson, almost three-years-old, kept his little legs pumping for 41 laps, stopped to replenish with some lemonade and kept on riding. Robertson, one of almost 50 children, participated in the annual fundraising Trike-A-Thon held to raise needed funds for the Cal State Fullerton Children’s Center held in one of the campus parking lots. The event raised money by collecting pledge money from family and friends. Supporters could either pledge per lap or offer a flat pledge of a specific amount. Children as young as 10 months to as old as six years participated. Oldies blared over the loud speaker as the children rounded the track on their bicycles, tricycles and push-toys. Smaller children stayed on the inside of the track, so they would not cross into the path of the older bicycle riders. After the siren sounded, the children pedaled around the track furiously, occasionally taking a break at the “Thirst Aid” to quench their thirst with water or lemonade.

Variation: This can also be done as a fun contest for older children or even adults.  It’s really funny to watch.  Maybe combine the two and end your fundraising Trike-A-Thon on a hilarious note with a race between parents using their children’s tricycles!

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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.