Top 10 Strangest Fundraising Campaigns

Lisa Goudy
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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is so big right now.

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While many people around the world are busy dumping ice buckets over their heads and donating to ALS, it isn’t the strangest fundraiser for charity that’s ever been done.

Here’s a look at the top 10 weirdest fundraisers from around the world:

10 – A new kind of Gotham – It only happened once, but in November 2013 the Make-A-Wish Foundation turned San Francisco into Gotham City. As a result, donations in December to the foundation increased by 26 per cent. How batty cool is that?

9 – Charity Swear Box – How many swear words do you use on Twitter? In 2011, the Charity Swear Box started a campaign where, if someone submits his or her Twitter username, the site will let you know how many times you’ve sworn in the past month and then are encouraged to make a donation for each word to the charity of your choice.

8 – Feb-U-Hairy – Everyone’s familiar with Movember where guys don’t shave for the month of November. Well a group of Newfoundland women started Feb-U-Hairy where they don’t shave their legs during February to raise funds for cervical cancer.

7 – Tater tot eating contest – This annual fundraiser raises money for the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign by having a tater tot-eating contest in Bar Louies around the world.

6 – The Bacon Fest – Everyone likes bacon, right? What about bacon apple pie? Raising money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, the event is a bacon-eating contest and bacon recipe contest.

5 – Colour Run – This event takes place in more than 30 countries, including Canada. Founded in 2012, runners run five kilometers and begin by wearing white at the start line. While running, runners are glitter and paint-bombed. It raises money for charity.

4 – Dance Marathon – Held at the University of California, the challenge is simple: for 26 hours, participants stay on their feet for 26 hours to help HIV-affected children around the world.

3 – Stop the Bop – How hard do you think it would be to listen to Hanson’s “MMMBop” song over and over and over and over again until a certain amount of money is raised? Various groups have done this to raise money for charity. A few examples include Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania for victims of Hurricane Katrina and at Mount Douglas Secondary School in Saanich, B.C. until the school raised enough to build a school in Sierra Leone.

2 – Condom Couture – Imagine taking part in a fashion show where your clothes are only made out of condoms. Well that’s something held at the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center every year in Colorado.

1 – Naked Ziplining – This one is all Canadian. The ZipZone Adventure Park, located in Peachland, B.C., holds the annual event to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The event is open to females only.

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Organizations: University of California, Wish Foundation, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City Delone Catholic High School Mount Douglas Secondary School Boulder Valley Women Health Center Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Geographic location: Gotham, San Francisco, Newfoundland Canada McSherrystown Pennsylvania Saanich Sierra Leone Colorado ZipZone Adventure Park Peachland

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