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There are many ways you can get involved in fundraising for Parkinson’s QLD.

Parkinson’s QLD brings people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families together via our network of Support Groups, our website, free confidential helpline, Specialist nurse, supporters and staff to provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s.
As Queensland’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re changing attitudes, demanding better services and leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever.

Our recurrent government funding represents approximately 23% of our total income annually. So our work is critically dependent on donations and fundraising.

We can only go on making a difference to people’s lives because of the generosity of the hundreds of people such as yourselves, who give their time and support to our work.

How you can help!

  • Run your own community event – see our Community Fundraising Kit for more details
  • Complete a race, triathlon, cycle… – check out Every Day Hero to help you do this
  • Host a “Wear Purple for Parkinson’s” day at your school, workplace or community group.
  • Keep an eye out for our major events and get involved with fundraising for those!

Whatever you decide to do, please let us know and don’t forget to tag us on social media @parkinsonsQLD on Facebook and Twitter, and @parkinsons_qld on Instagram, and use the hashtag #parkinsonsqld.

Thank you for helping us find a cure and improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s.

Community Fundraising

Are you looking to help raise much needed funds for for Parkinson’s Queensland Inc. (PQI) either as an individual or part of a group? If so, we would love you to organise an event or activity that raises awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s and supports the work we do.

What your support means to us
Whether you raise a little or a lot for us we appreciate every effort, and we will put your funds raised towards our vital support services. Today we provide support services across Queensland in the form of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups, as well as holding annual information forums and publishing a range of evidence-based brochures, resources and videos.

We are so thankful for our community of supporters who help us every day to provide high quality services for free to those affected by Parkinson’s . We rely on the generosity of individuals, workplaces, schools and local communities who fundraise on our behalf – we couldn’t have the impact that we do without people like you.

How do you get started?
If you’ve never held a community fundraiser before it can seem a little daunting. To help you get the most out of your fundraiser we’ve outlined a few simple steps for you to get started.

Decide on a fundraising idea
Choose something that you like doing and that will be easy and fun for others to get involved. It can be as impressive as setting yourself a physical goal or as simple as a lolly guessing competition. Think about the resources and time you have available to you and what you’re willing to commit to. Remember that every fundraising effort helps. If you’re feeling stuck we’ve made a list of ideas, otherwise your only limit is your imagination!

Fundraising guidelines
Make sure you are aware of the rules and regulations surrounding fundraising particular to your state or territory. If you’re planning on holding an event like a gala you’ll need to check if you need insurance or local council permissions. If you want to hold a raffle, there are certain state-based regulations you have to follow.

Seek approval to fundraise
Once you’ve decided on your fundraising activity and have checked the requirements for holding it in your state or territory, you’ll have to contact us with your Fundraising Proposal. We’ll review your proposal and if successful we will send you an Authority to Fundraise letter within two weeks. You won’t be able to start fundraising until you receive that letter from us.

Set up your page
An easy way to manage your fundraiser is by setting up an Everyday Hero page. You can personalise your page with pictures and your story to make it more engaging, and then copy the URL to link on social media and in emails. The donations will be sent directly to us so you won’t have to worry about handling money, and your supporters will receive a tax receipt immediately.

Invite people
Once you’ve got everything set up you can start inviting people to come to your event or donate. Engage your network by emailing and sharing to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to include a link to your fundraising page and ask people to share.

Tips for fundraising

  • Be the first to donate. Showing how committed you are encourages others to donate to your cause.
  • Access your local network. Your family and friends are the people most likely to help you, especially if it’s something you’re passionate about.
  • Set yourself a target. This can be a great motivator not only for you but for your supporters as well.
  • Don’t be shy about sharing. Social media is an easy way to get your message out. Write about your motivations for fundraising, people respond well to personal stories. Posts with pictures tend to gather more attention so get creative with something that will be eye-catching.
  • Remember to say thank you to the people who support you! Let them know how much you appreciate their donation and how it will help others.

When deciding on your fundraiser remember to consider:

  • When you hold it. Choose an appropriate date and give people plenty of notice. Check if there are any other events happening in your community on the date you choose.
  • Where you hold your event. Make sure it’s easy for people to get to and consider accessibility for things like parking and wheelchair access. You may need to apply for a permit from your local council depending on the type of event you’re holding. It is important to make sure your event is safe and legal.
  • Who you can ask to get involved. If you’re organising an event approach people in your personal and professional networks who can donate their time or skills. Don’t be afraid to ask local business to supply goods or to promote your fundraiser in their display. You’ll be surprised by the generosity of people, and the worst that can happen is that they decline.
  • What will you do? This is the fun part – deciding on something that interests you and that will be engaging for your community.
    • Sausage sizzle  host a BBQ at your home, office or local Bunnings. BBQs are simple to set up and you can approach your local butcher to donate some sausages, or your local bakery for some bread.
    • Host a morning tea  there’s nothing like coffee and baked goods to bring people together. Have people bring a plate and a gold coin to enjoy the spread.
    • Trivia night  gather around your friends and family and have a fun night out. You can set themed trivia questions and get creative by accepting bribes from participants for answers.
    • Raffle  contact local business to supply prizes. Remember there are specific state-based regulations surrounding raffles so check them out before you begin.
    • Donation for a celebration  if you’ve got an upcoming birthday why not ask for a donation to PQI instead of a gift.
    • Set yourself a challenge  whether it be to run a marathon, give up caffeine or radically change your hairstyle, challenge yourself and ask others to support you in your journey.
    • Workplace giving  if you’re holding a morning tea or casual clothes day at your office, ask your employer if they can match any funds raised by your colleagues.
    • There are so many fun and easy ways to hold a fundraiser – remember that every donation is appreciated, no matter how big or small.
    • Don’t forget that an easy way to manage your fundraiser is through setting up an Everyday Hero

Fundraising rules and regulations
It is important that you are aware of your rights and responsibilities when fundraising. Depending on the state or territory you live in and the type of event you are holding you will have to comply with the appropriate regulations on safety, food handling, alcohol and gambling. Each state will have their own Charitable Fundraising Act that outlines for what you are responsible. You will also need to check with your local council to see if you need any permits for the type of event you hold.

Authority to Fundraise
You must complete a Fundraising Proposal and receive an Authority to Fundraise letter from us before you can start fundraising. This is so that we can see whether your fundraiser complies with our fundraising guidelines.

Please note that we have the right to decline fundraising applications for activities that we believe are contradictory to our mission and purpose, that fail to comply with our guidelines and that will have a negative impact on our name and brand.

For the purpose of fundraising in our name we do not endorse telemarketing, door to door fundraising or any activity that has an association with alcohol, tobacco or gaming organisations.

We have outlined some tips below to help you to get started with your community fundraiser and how to make it as successful as possible.

Have you got an idea for a great fundraising event but you’re not sure where to start? Here are the basic steps!

Step 1  Decide what fundraising event you’d like to organize.
Step 2  Complete the Fundraising Activity Registration Form to let us know about your planned activity.
Step 3  We will send a letter of authority to confirm are happy for you to go ahead.
Step 4  Start organising your event!
Step 5  Send funds raised and required paperwork back to Parkinson’s Queensland within a month of your event.

Need more information? Don’t worry!

If you have questions about how you can raise funds for PQI, please email us at with the subject line of Community Fundraiser or you can call us on our Free Call line 1800 644 189

information and forms you need to get started.

Click the Fundraising Kit button appearing below to download it now!

Fundraising With

Everyday Hero

There are some big events coming up that present a wonderful opportunity for you to get out and have some fun while helping a cause that’s close to your heart like Parkinson’s Queensland.

You may choose to do a fun run, triathalon or marathon; skydive for charity or take part in our Cambodian Odyssey 2017! There are many ways to get involved and we hope you will join us as we make Parkinson’s a priority in Queensland and help people with Parkinson’s to live well.

Here are some fundraising websites where you can choose from a variety of events to fundraise for Parkinson’s Queensland:

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