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Wednesday 25 August 2010
Raising the game - Fundraising for 2010-11

The following article appeared in the matchday programme for the home game against Tamworth on 21 August 2010.

RAISING THE GAME

Fundraising coordinator Mark Davis looks ahead to what’s in store over the coming season, with some regular events continuing and some new ones to meet the higher target.


On behalf of the fundraising team, good afternoon and welcome to the new season.

The Dons Trust Board has set us a new fundraising challenge this year: to raise £110,000. That’s £10,000 more than the £100,000 target we were set (and, provisionally, narrowly exceeded) last year. The increase is needed to cover the additional repayments to Barclays for the extra borrowing to pay for the new turnstiles and burger bars. We’re extremely fortunate that, thanks to your support, the Dons Draw and Golden Goals will provide around three-quarters of that money, but that still leaves us around £30,000 to raise through other projects.

The fundraising team started in May to plan for the coming season. The early preparations are already paying off. Our pre-season fundraising activities - the silent auction and squad photo - have raised nearly £3,000, for which thanks go to Ray Armfield and Tina Massey. We are now able to announce now several of the fundraising events for the coming season. So, diaries at the ready:

Sunday 17 October sees a new event in our calendar – a minithon. This will be a sponsored fun run, of around three miles at a location in Merton, and is open to fans of all ages, shapes and sizes (walking and crawling are also allowed). A portion of the money raised will go to charity, and we will be competing against other clubs, such as FC United of Manchester, who will be holding their own minithons on the same day, to see who can raise the most.

On Friday 29 October we will be holding a supper with Simon Bassey and one or two former players. Priced at just £15 per head, this will be an enjoyable and informal evening on which you will be able to relive some of the highlights of the early (mainly CCL) years of AFC Wimbledon.

We are planning a further silent auction, on Saturday 20 November, which will provide an opportunity to buy some Wimbledon memorabilia and other items as special Christmas presents. We are also investigating the possibility of a Christmas disco here at Kingsmeadow, on a date to be announced, and a Christmas prize draw.

As ever, the highlight of the fundraising calendar will be a dinner with a speaker from the club’s past. This season we have lined up a very special guest who epitomises the club’s heritage of over-achievement. Further details of this very special event – not to be missed - will be announced shortly. Tickets will be priced at £65 per person (or £550 for a table of ten).

Later in the season, we intend to repeat our regular Walk Further for Wimbledon sponsored walk and Velo & Blue long-distance cycle ride. As detailed in the Histon programme, thanks to the efforts of Russell Smith and the team, last season’s ride to Gateshead allowed the club to buy some sophisticated fitness monitoring equipment, which is already paying dividends for the players. We are likely to repeat this approach of fundraising targeted at particular projects from time to time, although we have to remember that our core purpose is to repay the loans taken out to acquire and improve Kingsmeadow.

But let me finish where I started. Our most dependable revenue streams remain the Dons Draw and Golden Goals. Please do continue to support these ventures - without them, our fundraising challenge would be much more daunting. We will mount occasional Dons Draw promotions at home games this season. We also intend to pilot the “Magic Minute”, a variant on Golden Goals, for some of the higher-profile away games. Watch this space for further details.

If you have any enquiries about these activities, or would like to volunteer to help with fundraising, please email Mark Davis on fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message via the club on 020 8547 3528.