Ideas & Inspiration

The MS Melbourne Cycle + Half Marathon is a Fundraising event, raising money to support people living with MS.  All your fundraising efforts, however large or small, are appreciated!

To get you started, here is the list of the top tips of some of our most experienced MS Event Fundraising participants.

Download the PDF of the 10 favourite community fundraising ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

Also check out your Online Fundraising Portal as we have set up email templates and much more there for you to make it super easy to ask your mates for a donation.



Top 10 Fundraising Tips

Firstly, don’t forget to ask about Matched Giving. Double your dollars and make twice the impact. Did you know that 70% of employers will match the donation you make? This is a great way to reach your goal so talk to your HR department today.





1.    BBQ

Who doesn’t love a sausage sizzle? Many local businesses and large hardware stores will allow charity groups to hold a sausage sizzle outside their stores.  Or get your local sports team involved and see if you can take over their BBQ for the day!  Remember to approach your local stores for donations of sausages and bread. 



2.    Trivia night

Every pub or venue has a quiet night. Try approaching your local and see if they will get behind you. Most will be able to offer you an area or a room.  A great idea is to offer clues in return for extra donations or hold a raffle during the break on the night.  Everyone pays a small donation at the door.  For extra credit, the bar can donate a portion of proceeds of drinks and food sold.

gym session


3.    Gym session

Get your gym to support a MS Melbourne Cycle gym or cycle class. Invite your friends and family and charge a premium!




4.     Sponsorship on your jersey

Ask a company to sponsor you and in return you will add their logo to your jersey with pride.




5.    Auction the team name and jersey design!

Auction off the team name and wear your sponsor's logos go on your jersey. Highest bidder gets best position on your jersey!  Think of all the training sessions, photos, and the ride itself – so much publicity.

clothing / grooming challenge


6.    Clothing / Grooming challenge

Who doesn’t like forcing their mates to look a little bit ridiculous? Why not put it to your friends that you will wear something a little crazy (and safe of course) during your training sessions or on event day, if you reach a certain amount of fundraising? Or you could shave your legs or head for money – and you will be aerodynamic!



7.    After work drinks

Get a little bit social with your fundraising. Most workplaces have after work drinks every few weeks. Ask your work if they would support you by asking for a donation for entry and letting you run quick, easy games on the night that require a donation for participation. 

casual day


8.    Casual Day

You’d be amazed by the length’s folks bound to a professional dress code will go to just for the chance to ditch their slacks and wear jeans to the office. Give the top fundraiser a month of Casual Days or offer the top five fundraisers an extra Casual Day each week for a month.


9.    Is it your Birthday?

Ask for sponsorship of your MS Cycle + Half Marathon event participation instead of a birthday present.


silent auction


10.    Silent Auctions

With auctions, remember to keep them exciting and lively. Auction items should be well-targeted to the people attending. Get creative with the auction items. Think about experiences instead of things. You might have a donor willing to grant access to their holiday home or boat for a weekend, personal training sessions, or dinner-in-your-home catering.


If you need advice or assistance to reach your fundraising goals, contact us on 1300 733 690 or email [email protected]. Our fundraising team is always here to help you on this ride to fight MS.