YMCA Swimathon

For fundraisers

You’re helping us. So we’d like to help you. Here are some tips and resources to get your fundraising campaign off and running.


1. You’re a star. Give your supporters more of you.

Fundraisers that personalise their campaign raise more than those who don’t! Your fundraising page is about you. Show people who you are…

  • Include a short story about why you’re splashing out with YMCA Swimathon. Show people why you’re passionate about the cause!
  • Photos and videos are an awesome way to tell your fundraising story. Upload them to your fundraising page and social networks, and share, share, share!
  • Thank your supporters as they donate to you directly on your page and by tagging them in a Facebook post. It’s a great way to publicly show your gratitude and make them feel special.

2. Donate to your own campaign

Donating to your fundraising page is a great way to show your commitment to the cause and a great way to kick off your fundraising. Donate the amount you want others to donate to you. Share your page on social media and ask your friends to match your donation.

3. Sharing’s caring

Did you know the reason most people donate is simply because they were asked? Share your link to your fundraising page and ask for donations through your social channels.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram

Let people know why you’re doing it and what sort of difference their contribution will make. We’ve found people who do this receive more donations!

4. Put it in an email

  • Copy one of our email templates, or create your own and let your contacts know why you’re raising funds so people with disabilities can learn to swim
  • Send to everyone you know, don't assume that someone won't give – you won’t know until you ask
  • Don't forget to include a link to your fundraising page
  • Send a follow-up email a few weeks before the event to provide them with an update of your fundraising efforts and to remind those who haven't donated yet – people don’t mind being asked twice!

5. Get the most from being a host

Make YMCA Swimathon the theme for poolside BBQs, dinners or any other social engagements you’re organising. Motive your workmates to splash out by hosting a morning tea, lunch or after work celebrations.

6. ‘Swimathon’ your workspace

Turn your workspace into a YMCA Swimathon shrine. Pin up posters. Add a wallpaper to your laptop, MacBook or desktop. Download all resources. Talk to your local YMCA about getting hold of some stickers, sun hats and sunscreen.