Friday, February 19, 2010

Bomboniere Idea - Donate to Charity

Your wedding is a very special time in your life, a time when all your loved ones - friends and family - come together and celebrate your marriage. Traditionally, you would organise a bomboniere gift or favour for each of your guests to take home at the conclusion of the event. Well, here is a lovely idea for your consideration…

The Cancer Council has introduced a new program, the Gifts Thing, and invites you to give a donation in lieu of the traditional wedding favour, to instead donate the money that you would have spent on smaller gifts such as bomboniere to Cancer Council. Donating to Cancer Council NSW is a unique way of thanking your guests for celebrating your wedding, or remembering loved ones who can’t be there to share your special day.
There are lots of reasons to do the Gifts Thing:
  • 1 in 3 Australians will get cancer. By giving up your gifts for just one occasion, you can save lives.
  • Stuck for what to give the person who has everything? Making a donation in honor of their special occasion is a great gift idea.
  • Foregoing gifts in order to honor someone you know who has been affected by cancer.
  • Perhaps you feel uncomfortable having an expensive gift registry, yet would still like to provide direction to your friends or guests? The Gifts Thing is a perfect solution.
  • It's an easy way to join the fight against cancer, and help people living with the disease.
  • It's double the joy - giving a gift and helping us defeat cancer!
When you register your event, you’ll have the opportunity to order donation cards. Many Gifts Thing organisers feel that the cards make it easier for their friends and family to make a pledge.

You can choose to either hand them out or mail them to your friends and family ahead of the event. The card is divided into two halves; the first half is completed by recipient and sent back to Cancer Council. The second half they can either keep as a reminder or choose to send back to you with details of their pledge.

After registering your event we’ll send you a welcome kit. The welcome kit includes lots of helpful information on how to communicate your wish for friends and family to make a donation in lieu of a traditional gift. We also include in this kit a tally sheet to help you keep track of your donations.
Cancer Council will send tax-deductible receipts and thank you letters to everyone who donated to mark your special occasion.

A month after your celebration event, we will send you a thank you letter to acknowledge the funds received and a certificate for your to keep and share with your friends/ family.

 Visit Cancer Council - Gifts Thing for information on how to order.