The fundraising landscape has changed drastically in 2020. With social distancing in effect, getting hundreds, sometimes thousands to gather for a good cause be a real health hazard. In an effort to stay safe, charitable organizations are having to think outside the box when soliciting volunteers and contributions.
The Run of Hope Seattle continues this year despite social distancing restrictions from COVID-19. Since 2009, the collaboration of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund and the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has helped raise millions of dollars for awareness and research for pediatric brain tumors. This event is the most successful grassroots fundraiser for the Seattle Children's Guild Association.
You're probably wondering how the Run of Hope can continue if people can't run together on the same path. Just like pretty much everything else nowadays, the Run of Hope is going virtual!
This year, people have the power to donate to the cause and participate in the race, no matter where they are in the world! Organize your own running or walking event and post it to social media to share with everyone else. Then on Sept. 27, you can join a special live stream event at 10:00 a.m. at www.runofhopeseattle.org.
While the goal is to raise at least $500,000 and find a sense of togetherness during this new normal, you can get competitive if you want. The team that raises the most money for the event will be honored with the annual Sarah M. Hughes Fundraising Award, named after the inspiration for the first Run of Hope Seattle. Read more about Sarah's story here.
There are multiple ways you can get involved in the Run of Hope Seattle 2020. You can donate money to a current fundraising team, helping them reach their personal goal that is part of the whole fundraiser's higher goal. You can also register and start your own team for $35. Then you can work toward raising money with your family and friends. Registration ends Sept. 26 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
No matter which way you decide to join the cause, your efforts are appreciated! Every dollar goes toward progress in the field of pediatric brain tumor treatment.
If you're interested in joining the Run of Hope, you can get started online at RunOfHopeSeattle.org.