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This weekend I’ll be walking 17 miles on Saturday and 18 miles on Sunday. This is what is known as a “back to back” among 3-Day walkers. Saturday is also fund raiser day. I’ll be at the Wal-Mart on the corner of Bells Ferry road and Towne Lake from 11am – 2pm. I think this will be the peak time to promote Breast Cancer awareness. Also, I’ll need that time to recover from my long walk earlier in the morning.

I’m hoping to be out the door walking by 6am.  But wait, you’re saying, that’s only four hours. Well, I may just walk 12 miles (3 hours roughly) and then do the rest later that evening. The walk itself will be at a pretty slow pace. It’s the cumulative miles throughout the day that are important. And not having monster blisters at the end of it.

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It’s official! My fund raising goal of $2200 for the Breast Cancer 3-Day has been reached. I had a yard sale this weekend, which gave me a great excuse to get rid of a lot of stuff cluttering up my house. I didn’t do much advertising, several online sites including the fantabulous Craigslist. I made a huge pink sign to go near my mailbox, since I live on main street in a small town.

The turn out was really good. Even my husband was amazed. I was surprised that more people didn’t jump at the kids clothes and shoes. The kid’s movies and novels were snapped up pretty quick though. I met several people who had family members also in the 3-Day, and/or were survivors of Breast Cancer.

It is a great feeling to know I have really reached my goal and can now focus on training. It has been really hard the last couple of weekends to be motivated to do any walking at all. The heat and humidity are horrible. I managed a short walk this afternoon, not anywhere near my goal of 13 miles, but I decided since I walk several miles a day anyway, it would be OK. There is a walker who has training walks early on Saturday mornings. I may try to join her next Saturday. My husband asked me was I really going to get up at 5am to walk. Hey, at least it will be cooler and I’ll get the walking done first thing, so it isn’t over my head all day.

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It is a great feeling to be almost at my fund raising goal. I am planning to continue fund raising up to the date of the walk. The next big fund raiser will be at the Bell’s Ferry Wal-Mart in Woodstock, Georgia. I will have pink rubber bracelets and key chains as well as free educational materials.

Fund raising takes a lot of time. The organizing, making calls, filing paperwork, preparing signs and materials… all this work has to be done above and beyond any time actually spent talking to the public.  I do not get paid or reimbursed for my expenses. It is all part of sharing and creating awareness of Breast Cancer.

Now I will be able to focus more of my attention on training. My mileage for weekend walks is increasing steadily. It typically takes about 2 hours on a Saturday for me to reach my walking goal for the day. Soon it will be three, then four hours.  If I had to spend more time focused solely on fund raising, I would be in bad shape for the walk. So, if you are doing a walk or other athletic activity for a charity, get as much of the fund raising done as early as possible.

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I held a fund raiser outside a local Wal-mart this past weekend. I learned a great deal about what works and what doesn’t. I’m fund raising for breast cancer awareness, so people know what to expect, which helps. If you are planning a fund raiser and need  some direction on what to do (and what not to do) here is what I discovered:

Make really large colorful signs that briefly explain What you and fund raising for (the cause) and Why.

Start talking to potential businesses about fund raising spots as soon as possible. The Wal-marts in my area book months in advance. I signed up in April for a spot in July

As the business what is and isn’t allowed.

Most people just want to donate. They don’t want literature, they don’t want a lecture.

If you are person directly affected by breast cancer yourself, it helps to have someone who is booth sit with you. People will welcome an excuse to come up and talk to both of you. It also makes potential donors feel you are more trustworthy. Now this may sound harsh or even exploitative. It’s actually a great chance to connect and share with the community on a more intimate level, in a personable way.

Have water or drinks if it is hot, but unless it is really hot, they probably won’t bring in much, so be sure to look for a good deal or have the items donated.

Rubber bracelets or keychains are pretty inexpensive and make great on the spot donation thank you gifts. Several people donated and selected bracelets for family members.

A big decorated donation jar does the talking for you. Make sure it has a wide mouth so people can easily drop money in.

The better times of the day tend to be 11am – 2pm on weekends at most shopping centers.

Stand out in front of the booth and say hello to people and ask them to help.

Talk to people going in. They will have time to think about you and get change if they don’t have any.

Have any documentation about your agreement with the business ready in case someone from the business comes by and has a question

Clean up after yourself

Don’t take refusals to donate personally.

Have business cards with your basic contact information and any donation site you are using. Most charities provide forms you can fill out or there are cheap business card deals on the Internet.

I was surprised that most people did not want the breast health awareness literature, but it was nice to have it. It was a freebie we could mention and gave us additional ammo in case someone had an in depth question.

If the business offers them, apply for a matching grant.

And the most important tip is… do it! Don’t invest a lot of money the first time. Borrow a table if you have to, use an old sheet you have lying around… be creative.

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I am creating a series of Modern Muses for a calendar to benefit breast cancer. This the first in the series, “Patience”. The original was a donation gift to an old and dear friend of mine. When I have at least twelve done, the calendar will be available on Lulu.com.

Patience, the lady moon

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Went walking after dinner tonight down a road near my house. We veered off onto a side path into the woods and spotted several very large white tailed deer and a few hungry rabbits. One of the rabbits was very small, it couldn’t have been more than two months old. It froze when it saw us then quickly scrambled under the blackberry bushes.

It was a good one hour walk. The going up and down hill cross country was a little tough, but I made it with some huffing and puffing. I am focusing this week on drinking more water and pushing myself to walk more when I have the opportunity.

I uploaded some new artwork to lulu.com and decided to write an illustrated  cancer guide for survivors and their loved ones. All my proceeds from these projects will be donated to my walk fund.

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