Breast Cancer Walks

There are many different ways to help raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. From Tough Mudders to marathons to bungee jumps, there’s an activity to suit every taste. And you don’t have to be a fitness adventurer to find an incredible fundraising experience.

For those of us who aren’t fitness adventurers, a fundraiser walk is a great way to take steps to support awareness, treatment, and research. But be warned, lighter physical activity doesn’t mean these events are for the faint of heart. From 5K strolls to 60-mile treks, these fundraising events are likely to be their own reward for your efforts.

 

Here are some of the most popular walks for breast cancer:

 

Race For The Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure may be the best option for newbie walkers looking for a fun way to test their laces. This 5K run/walk series takes place at over 150 locations all over the world, and claims to be the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

In addition to raising awareness and funds, these events seek to honor breast cancer survivors and remember those who have been lost to it.

 

Making Strides Breast Cancer

Another option for walkers who want to make an impact while walking shorter distances is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. This walk series is organized by the American Cancer Society in nearly 300 communities all over the country each year, with each event covering no more than three to five miles.

Funds from these races support not just awareness but also cutting-edge research and around-the-clock support for those affected by breast cancer.

 

AVON39

If a morning of walking just isn’t enough, you may find multi-day walk events more fulfilling. You may want to give the AVON39 a try.

This walk covers 39.3 miles over two days with a call to walkers to take a stand and fight breast cancer head-on. These weekend-long events are not for the faint of stride, and promise an inspiring journey in major cities all over the United States.

 

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk

Proclaimed to be “the biggest impact you can make” in the fight against breast cancer on its website, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is more than a fundraiser—it’s a movement.

This walk takes you on a journey of 60 miles as you connect with other walkers. Described in testimonials as a “calling,” this walk is intended to not just offer a little fitness, but an inspirational experience.

 

A Walk For Every Pace

Whether you’re taking your first lap or are ready to take on the world, there’s a race for you—and every step matters. These are only a few of the most popular options for walkers seeking to support breast cancer. Check out events in your community to learn about more ways to give back.

Embroidered T-­Shirts For Family Reunions

We all mean to keep in touch with family, but with people spread all over the country and maybe even the world, things just get complicated. In this busy world, there’s often no better way to keep the family close than to actually get them physically into the same room (or park, or resort).

A family reunion is a time to catch up, marvel over how fast the kids are growing, and just enjoy reconnecting. Don’t get weight down in the logistics—this is about fun! But among the various details involved in organizing a family reunion, don’t forget to create and order an embroidered family reunion shirt.

Why Does My Family Reunion Need A T-Shirt?
Just like with a sports team, having a group t-shirt can encourage a unifying spirit that sets a tone for the entire family event. What’s more, a t-shirt can offer an easy to find your relatives and keep an eye on kids in parks or other public spaces. Even better, they’ll look great in group pictures!

Additionally, a t-shirt can be a wonderful memento for everyone in your family of special times shared together at the reunion, for years to come.

What Should Be On My Family Reunion T-Shirt?
When it comes to creating a design for your family t-shirt, the limit is truly your imagination.

To start, put the year of the reunion on it. This will be helpful later when you and your relatives look back at the event. For other design considerations, look to what you know about your family’s common traditions. Do you have a family crest or symbol? A plaid pattern?

It can also be wise to take your family’s personality into consideration: Are your relatives a wacky group or a subdued one? Your shirt could reflect anything from your proud heritage to an activity you all enjoy together, or even a family joke.

Don’t be afraid to have some fun with your t-shirts—a family reunion is no time to be stiff or serious.

Bring The Family Together!
A personal and embroidered custom t-shirt can be a great way to say “thanks” to your family for taking the time and effort to bring everyone together for a reunion. So don’t let your next family reunion fly by without stopping to commemorate it. A custom t-shirt can bring back wonderful memories of time spent together.

Autism Awareness Shirts

About 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ASD is a developmental disability that causes social, communication and behavioral challenges. The degree of these challenges can vary widely person to person, depending where they fall on the spectrum.

To date, there is no known cause and no cure. However, with therapy and treatments, individuals with ASD can live full, meaningful lives.

Why Spread Awareness?
There is a stigma around ASD that causes some to stereotype, avoid or even bully individuals with ASD. Negative stereotypes about the abilities and disabilities associated with ASD can make it harder for individuals on the spectrum to find jobs, join in social situations, and live the full lives they are capable of and deserve.

When you support autism awareness, you promote a better understanding of what ASD is, what those on the spectrum need in terms of therapy and support, and stave off these negative associations. You also help promote and fund research that could help scientists gain a better understand of how to prevent and treat ASD.

Sport Your Support
With such good reasons to wear your autism awareness support, why not get started now?

Here are some t-shirts that promote autism awareness:

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Autism Awareness Matters
Therapy, treatment and care for individuals with ASD is estimated at $90 million each year, and is only expected to rise dramatically. But with early intervention, the cost of this care can decrease significantly—and also gives the individual receiving the treatment an opportunity of a better, fuller life.

When you spread autism awareness, you help more people understand it better and help raise funds to prevent and treat autism in the future.

 

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Check out our limited time Autism Awareness design, available until January 7th!

Family Travel Shirts

Matching family t-shirts for vacations are not just for TV show families like The Simpsons or The Brady Bunch. More and more families and groups are opting to wear matching shirts when travelling for the following reasons:

 

Safety

When traveling in busy cities or theme parks, kids and adults in the group are more likely to stay within the group and not get lost. Wearing matching t-shirts enhances the visibility of your family making it easier for the children to spot you, and for you to keep an eye on them. It’s also easier when trying to do a head count as you can easily spot the members of your travel group. In the event that someone does get lost, it’s also great to be able to describe what the family member is wearing – if you have matching t-shirts, you can simply show tour guides or resort staff your own t-shirt so they know what to look out for. If you are wearing matching t-shirts for safety reasons, you might want to consider ordering your t-shirts in a bright or fluorescent color, so that each member of the travel party stands out as much as possible.

 

Bonding

Whether you are travelling as a family, as part of a sports team, sorority or other group, wearing matching shirts will help each person to bond as a group and will maximise the fun! If you are travelling as part of a sports team or group, you may want to consider having your team name printed on the back of each shirt, along with individual names or numbers to represent each member of the group.

 

Waiting

Matching shirts can be a really fun way of preparing for your trip. Those who have planned fun family vacations in the past will know how difficult it is to get through that period in-between booking and planning for your vacation, and actually leaving for it. Matching t-shirts are a fantastic way to enhance that limbo period and get everyone excited about the trip while the wait is on! Creating your matching t-shirts will also help to pass the time while you wait for your vacation, as you shop for your shirts, or work on the design for them.

 

Memories

Matching shirts are a fantastic way to remember your vacation for years to come, and make a sentimental, memorable keepsake that you can keep and wear over and over again. If the vacation is in celebration of an event such as an anniversary or family reunion, then putting the name of the event and the date on the shirt will also help to commemorate the event, and can then be worn on following anniversaries of the date as a way of honor the occasion and remembering the fun of the past trip.

 

Photos

Lastly, one of the best reasons for wearing matching shirts is for photographic purposes. In the digital age, most people make photos a priority on vacation, ensuring that they snap lots of great pictures to share with their social networks and to help them remember the trip in years to come. Matching t-shirts are a terrific way to ensure that everyone on the trip is color co-ordinated, and that nobody’s clothing will clash in any pictures. Matching t-shirts are also a great way to clearly see who is on the trip in a printed photo, especially when photos are being taken in crowded places.

 

 

Awareables: Donating Your Spare Change

Awareness t-shirts are a fantastic way to show your support for important causes and campaigns that raise awareness. WorkPlacePro® is your source for all your awareness t-shirts and other apparel items which can be customized to fit your group or workplace, and with every order of 12 or more tees, personalization is free!

However, here at WorkPlacePro®, we are more than just an apparel company: we aim to not only raise awareness of these issues, but to actively support them. That’s why we have introduced the new donation system.

When you purchase ANY of our products, you have the option of rounding up your purchase to donate to one of three select charities. By rounding your purchase to the nearest dollar, you can donate the difference to the charity of your choice! This checkout process allows you to donate your spare change, to support organizations which are making a difference in your community, and in your country.

 

 

The following, are the three charities that we support:

 

National Autism Association®

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The National Autism Association provides education and resources to keep children and adults with Autism safe from things such as bullying and abuse in the public and private sphere. The association is a parent-run not-for-profit organization which was founded in 2003 and aims to be the leading voice on many issues, including those related to autism safety, autism abuse and crisis prevention.

With over 1.6 million online members, the National Autism Association responds to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing assistance and hope to those with autism, and their families.

 

National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.®

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Founded in 1991 by a breast cancer survivor, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide education about breast health, breast cancer and the importance of early detection, as well as providing support services to those affected by breast cancer.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it one of the leading health crises in the United States, and the Western world. While there is no known cure for breast cancer, early diagnoses is critical, which is why the National Breast Cancer Foundation provides free screening in all 50 states, and free programs for women facing breast cancer.

 

American Cancer Society®

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This nationwide, community –based health organization aims to enhance wellness, and help people to maintain that wellness while also striving to find cures and treatments that will save lives.

The American Cancer Society, along with millions of supporters, is committed to ridding the world, and individual lives, of cancer and has offices all over the United States to ensure that its presence is known and available in every community. The organization is dedicated to research, education, advocacy and service to all those who are affected by cancer.

 

These three organizations all strive to make this world a better place through education and support for those who need it. By choosing to round your purchase at checkout, you will donate to one of these three worthy charities.

Let your small change, make a big difference!

Teachers Will Soon Celebrate the 100th Day of School

We all look forward to little milestones in life as they tell us when we’ve reached our goals.  Lately, it’s been a trend of some teachers and students to celebrate the 100th day of School.

The 100th day falls exactly on the 100th day of the school year and is an important milestone for both teachers, and students. This makes it a fantastic reason for celebration and the perfect excuse for taking some extra time to teach all things ‘100’.

Why not try some of our ideas for celebrating the 100th day in the classroom?

You could have your students:

  • Look at a collection of 100 things
  • Do ten sets of exercises (eg: star jumps, sit-ups etc.) and count them as they go
  • Do 100-piece puzzles
  • Make fruit loop jewellery using 100 pieces of cereal
  • Build a paper chain using 100 strips of paper
  • Collect 100 coins for charity
  • Write what they would do with $100
  • Blow up 100 balloons
  • See if they can name 100 countries

We periodically release shirt designs just for this special day.

Is this something you’re doing at your school?

How do you celebrate? Comment below to tell us how you like to celebrate the 100th day of School!

Climb Stairs For Cancer Awareness

What burns twice as many calories as running and offers a more complete body workout? Climbing stairs.

Many are finding the challenge of a stair climb race to be more exhilarating than a typical run, and it’s rising in popularity as a competitive sport around the world—it’s even in the Olympics.

What to give it a try? Nonprofits are jumping on board to take advantage of this growing trend for fundraisers. As a result, there are stair climb events popping up all over the place that not only offer a great fitness challenge, but also let you give back to a great cause. Among them are many that nonprofits dedicating to fighting against cancer.

Here are a few of the most popular and most interesting:

Fight for Air Climb
If you’re looking for an opportunity close to home, the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb takes place at locations all over the country. Hosted in skyscrapers, stadiums, and arenas, Fight for Air Climb events raised over $7 million last year for health education, research and advocacy for lung-related diseased, including lung cancer.

Outclimb Cancer Challenge
Huntsman Cancer Foundation organizes Salt Lake City’s annual Outclimb Cancer Challenge at the 24-story Wells Fargo Center. A great event for both competitive climbers and beginners, this event lets you scale the event to your fitness level by letting you decide how many stories to climb (and how many times you want to reach the top!).

Big Climb Seattle – Climb. Conquer. Cure.
The Big Climb Seattle event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an extremely popular one—the 2015 event sold out in just nine hours! It takes place at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, which boasts status as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Stair Climbing Australia Race Series
If you want to get adventurous, consider the Stair Climbing Australia Race Series. These races for competitive stair climbers will take you all over the country, with challenges like climbing 100 flights of stairs at the Sydney Tower Eye and the Sea to Sky Challenge at Australia’s tallest building. Each race supports a good cause, including cancer.

Hustle up the Hancock
This race up Chicago’s iconic Hancock Building, known for its stellar views of the city’s skyline, offers a great incentive to hurry up all 94 floors. But if that’s just too many steps for you, there is also a half-climb option that stops at the 52nd floor. Each step helps support research and education to fight against lung disease via the Respiratory Health Association, including lung cancer. At the 2015 event, participants collectively climbed an estimated 1.5 million steps.

Step Up for a Good Cause
Are you ready to step up to the challenge of a stair climb for cancer? It’s a sport that’s on the rise, and a challenging alternative to the usual fundraiser run that’s sure to whip you into shape. To get started, check out these training tips. Then, get climbing!

With stair climbing’s rising popularity, odds are there’s one near you. But if not, consider starting your own.

Sorority Fundraising: A Five-Step Guide

Every sorority has different purposes and characteristics, but what they all have in common is philanthropy.

Philanthropy and community service is usually the foundation of most fraternities and sororities. Each year, chapters all over the United States raise millions of dollars for worthy causes, or for their own foundations. Sororities, in particular, are by their very nature, built upon the idea of charity, service and sisterhood. Fundraising is a crucial component of sorority membership and management and is a fantastic way to increase participation and enthusiasm on campus.

Here’s our 5-Step Guide to executing a successful fundraiser for your Sorority;

1. Fundraising Committee

Firstly, a fundraising sub-committee should be established within your group. This may be just two-three members or it may be 80% of the membership – that will be determined by how much interest, time and sisters there are to spare. No matter how many people the committee has, what’s important is that there is a group of interested volunteers who are willing to commit their time and effort into raising money.

Once these members have been established, have a discussion about what abilities and skills those members bring to the table. This will allow people to take on tasks that are most suited to their talents. You will need to make some decision about what roles are needed for the committee to host the event, and who is going to step into those roles.

One person will need to take on the role of the ‘administrator’. This person will be in charge of keeping the event cohesive, following up with committee members to ensure that tasks have been completed and taking care of any hitches that may arise. This ensures that there is at least one person who can see the ‘bigger picture’, while people are going about their tasks.

 

2. Choosing an Event

The most crucial decision to the success of the entire event is going to be choosing the right event. It’s important to keep your ideas fresh – nobody will leap at the chance to attend the exact same event as you held last year, or one similar to what the fraternity down the road held last month. Choose something original – uniqueness will attract much more attention!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Casino Night
  • T-Shirts
  • Inspiring Women Night (with guest speakers)
  • Mardi Gras
  • Car Wash
  • Dance Marathon
  • Wristbands
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Sell Toilet Paper
  • Bingo Night

Getting sponsors is a fantastic way to cut down costs and increase the fundraising potential. Just be sure that any companies or products you are engaging with for the fundraiser are verified and safe, and make sure that you have checked any boxes you may need to with your college administration. You don’t want to get too far into the planning only to find out that you have forgotten to file the necessary paperwork.

 

3. Logistics

Now that you have your committee and your event established, some of the technical details must be set in place.

Think about the following:

  • What is the fundraising budget?
  • What is the fundraising goal?
  • What resources are needed, and what is available?
  • How long will the fundraiser last?
  • Who will perform which steps?
  • When will it take place?
  • What promotion will you use?
  • Who will be there on the day?

At this stage, each committee member needs to be delegated roles so they can move forward with carrying out their event responsibilities. Make sure that everyone is clear about what is needed, and is comfortable with doing the tasks they have been assigned.

Decide how the event communication will be managed. Will there be regular committee meetings or can it be done through email or a Facebook group? Make sure the administrator is clear about how he or she will communicate with all of the members, and how you will all be able to contact each other if needed.

 

4. Promotion

Now that there are some concrete details revolving around your event, you need to establish a plan for the event’s promotion.

In the busy planning stages of how the event will be run, it can be easy to forget that promotion is crucial. As with anything in life, you get out what you put in. You will need to ensure that there are some members of the fundraising committee who will be actively promoting the event.  The hours that are put into this will pay off.

Publicize your fundraising event as far in advance as possible. This allows people to save the date as well as generate excitement and word of mouth about the event itself. Be sure to include crucial details when promoting it such as where, when and what the cause is. Ensure that people know why your cause deserves to be supported, and what the benefits are to them (a cool new t-shirt, a great night out etc…)

The easiest and cheapest ways to spread the word are by telling people about your event. Create a Facebook and Twitter page and get posting the information as early as possible. Ask everyone in your networks to promote your event and hand out flyers for people to put on their dorm room doors and cars. Make an awesome video, upload it to YouTube and have everyone in your sorority share it around. You might even consider running a competition and sourcing a donated prize for the person who shares the video the most on social media.  If your event is interesting, you can even approach local press and ask if they would be interested in covering the event. This can be fantastic exposure for both the event and for your cause.

Remember: promotion is not the area in which to cut corners. You must promote the event with every resource available to you, in order to pull it off successfully.

 

5. The Day

On the day of the event, ensure that you have enough people present that everything is in place and organized. If possible, have one or two people there who don’t have any other responsibilities other than coming to the aid of any last minute disasters.

Be sure to thank each and every person who contributes, whether they be a volunteer or a ‘customer’ at the event – every dollar helps and contributions are valuable whether big or small. Be kind and smile to your donors as you let them know how valued their support is to the sorority and its philanthropic goals.

Lastly, have a great time! The planning and hard work that was put in by your sorority and volunteers all comes to fruition today. Enjoy engaging with people, and watching that hard work turn into dollars and cents for the causes that your sorority cares about. You did a great thing – now have some fun!