Connecticut British Reliability Run – 2020 Team Set-up and Fundraising

 

There are two goals for the Reliability Run: have some driving fun and raise funds in support of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (THITWGC) for seriously ill children. For the fundraising part, we encourage you to reach out to prospective donors and appeal to their generosity for this very worthwhile cause. To make the asking and the receiving a little easier, the staff at THITWGC offers an on-line fundraising tool to help you. A donation page has been set up specifically for fundraising for the CT British Reliability Run. The link is: http://getinvolved.holeinthewallgang.org/ctbrr2020 This link is also accessible on the “Charity” page of CT British Reliability Run website http://www.ctbrr.org Below is a guide to get you registered with the organization and to get your team set up for fundraising. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Grace Barry, Development Associate at 203-745-2713 or anna.barry@holeinthewallgang.org. She is there to help you.

 

Setting up your Team:

1. All drivers, navigators, passengers who fundraise for this event will need to have an account with THITWGC. The data collected is necessary for accountability to the IRS for third party fundraising activities that benefit the organization. If you already have an account (login/password), you do not need to create another one. If you are new to the event, then click on “Register as an Individual” to create an account

2. Create a Team (Drivers) – Go to the website donation page and click on “Form a Team” and follow the prompts. Next, set up your personal page where you can add a photo and write a brief comment about you, your British car and why you are doing the Reliability Run. You can use the tools in your personal page to send emails out and the system will keep a running tally of the donations your team has received.

3. Join a Team (Navigator/Passengers) – Go to the website donation page and click on “Join a Team” and work through the prompts to join your Driver’s team. Once you’ve joined your team any fundraising you do will be added to the team total. You can also set up a personal page to include a photo and personal comments and use the tools in your personal page to send emails.

4. Any of your donors will use the “Donate” button where they will find your name or your team’s name. If they wish, donors may also contribute to THITWGC without recognizing a specific team.

Fundraising: Once you are set up in the system, begin to reach out to businesses, friends and others who may have an interest in supporting your journey and the philanthropic purpose of the Reliability Run. Consider reaching out to any business or organization with a British connection or an affinity for the British cars we drive. Tell potential donors about:

1. The event and the goal of exceeding what was raised in 2019 (almost $12K).

2. The donation site: http://getinvolved.holeinthewallgang.org/ctbrr2020.

3. How to support your specific driving team or simply make a donation to the event. 4. All donations are tax deductible and the donor will receive an acknowledgement from THITWGC.

Any funds donated by you or donors you engage will go directly to THITWGC. Donations of all sizes are appreciated and help support Camp programs and bring “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families.

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis and to ensure the safety of the entire Camp Community, in person summer Camp was cancelled. All programming has pivoted to virtual delivery. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is not just a place – it is a spirit and community filled with joy, hope and support. Donations help Camp staff to utilize various platforms to host virtual Family Weekends, Summer Sessions, Caregiver Cabin Chats and more in the wake of this difficult time. Week-long Summer Sessions began in July and include live and pre-recorded content, a mailing series and more! The current challenges folk are facing with the pandemic are not so foreign for children coping with serious illnesses. Whether during hospitalization, extended treatments and recovery, or managing compromised immune systems and the late effects of treatment, so many children with serious illnesses and their families experience profound isolation, anxiety and uncertainty. All donations to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp go to continue offering virtual and mail-based programming to allow campers to “raise a little hell” despite the challenges of their illness and of COVID-19.

When it is safe to return to in-person programming, here is how donations help the Camp Community: 

$2,500 sends a kid to Camp for one week. Donations help underwrite the cost of medical care of the highest quality, around-the-clock supervision, activities, meals and everything needed to make the Camp a magical and unforgettable experience in the life of a seriously ill child. For children with life-threatening illnesses and conditions, the enthusiasm, self-esteem and magic of Camp becomes an important part of the healing process. Camp helps keep these kids going – through painful medical treatments, the loss of a limb, partial or complete hair loss, facial deformities, and other challenges. In 2019, 1066 children attend Camp. 

$1,000 supports the cost of a family weekend program. Donations underwrite costs associated with administering a family weekend program including transportation, accommodations, staffing, and infirmary needs. During the Fall and Spring, THITWGC holds family weekend programs serving children and families coping with metabolic disorders, cancers, sickle cell anemia, and other rare and acute illnesses. Each family weekend accommodates 20-25 families. Often, it is the first time that an entire family unit can share a common joyful experience without the worry and concerns associated with providing direct care for a seriously ill child. 

$500 supports the cost of sending a team of specialists for 10 hospital visits. Your fundraising brings the hopeful, playful spirit of THITWGC to children and families in the hospital setting. By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, the Camp helps to restore joy and laughter in times often laden with fear, stress and uncertainty. Camp specialists work collaboratively with hospital staff to enhance, augment or support existing programs focused on improving quality of life during treatment. The Hospital Outreach Program is available to hospitals and families at no cost in more than 40 locations.