You are asking for help with the above in the NAAFI Bar??You are more likely to get the offer of a free colostomy bag here!!
Approach the Mods. state your case and then see where things go from there...................................
I wish you all the luck in the world with your plans.These sort of events take months/years to plan.Try contacting Harvey Goldsmith ( or someone like that) he organises big events,pop concerts etc.His company might give you some pointers.
Keep this thread alive,and if it gets going I would be willing and able to help out.
When is the event scheduled for? The best place to start here is the local newspaper as i see you've done. Speak to them about getting a double page spread a week/ 2 weeks before. On the same spread get local busisnesses to show their support e.g (all the best for the show from Bob the Builder.) You get money from them in sponsorship and they get much needed, credible publicity.
I'd get in touch with some sort of burger bar/ ice cream van if it's an all day event. Push your luck with them a bit and ask for a cut of their profits for charity.
You've listed a hell of a lot of work there, so i'd delegate a lot of it amongst juniors in your unit, give them one specific thing to do and things will start to fall into place.
I am arranging a charity military event, the aim of the show is to raise awareness of what our troops do in training and on tour.
Along side this we will be raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund, SSAFA and The Royal British Leigion Poppy Appeal. The funds raised from the entrance gates to the show will be passed on to the mentioned charities.
Can anyone help me with the following:
Advertising - website link swaps etc
Army, Navy & Air Force recruiting teams
Activities (rock climbing/ shooting etc)
Volunteers i.e. ticket sales at the gates, parking attendants, co-ordinator help
Service men and women who would like to talk about their experiences in the army. This may be a bit iffy.
Any other assistance or ideas welcome.
Some of the difficulties i have come across is that i have no funds, and some companies want to charge for the advertisement - making it very difficult for me to cover a wider area other than Basingstoke.
I have already managed to do the following:
- Quotes for fencing, PA/Sound system, liability insurance, fair ground rides, portaloos - tbc
-Help from Basingstoke Army and Air cadets - leaflets, advertisement banner on their building, fund raising events i.e. leg waxing!
- Forums - Ross Kemp in Afganistan
- Advertisement on local radio and newspaper- Kestrel FM & Basingstoke Observer.
- The Reading Chronicle have agreed to advertise the event.
- Display teams as mentioned on the website.
- I have contacted the Prime Minister for financial assitance but declined and offered a "small item to auction" We had no intentions for a raffle? Tombola is looking like an option now - any site sponsors willing to donate items in return for the advertising that will come with it or for erecting a stall?
The Sun, Mirror, 2-Ten FM, BBC - South Today, Hewlett Packard, Virgin Media have all declined yet the Mirror and The Sun Newspapers appear to be really keen for this type of thing. Many of those i contacted haven't even replied such as Sky. Anybody with contacts?
Maj Miller, is in charge of the recruiting teams for the home counties, and appeared rather negative in offering assistance, although stated that this was a good cause - perhaps this is because she has a fair amount of involvement with the Aldershot Army Show? She also stated that they do not have the funds for the recruiting teams.
Thanks again to the Basingstoke Army and Air Cadets for all their help and support.
You could try The Daily Telegraph.They are running a Support the Troops campaign.Perhaps your event would appeal to them.And they have the resources to run such an event.Remind them of the fantastic publicity such an event would bring them.Good luck.