My Mind Is Blown
In January this year I said on TV that Schnauzerfest had raised £126,000. It’s an astounding amount of money for a purely volunteer charitable effort to raise. Nobody involved with Schnauzerfest from the start, least of all me, could have imagined money like this being donated for dogs in rescue. Schnauzerfest is something unique and while fundraising dog walks happen all the time, with many breeds and none, there’s nothing quite like Schnauzerfest.
Following Schnauzerfest appearing on ITV’s Britain’s Top 100 Dogs a lot of people contacted me, from various roles in the animal welfare sector, including fundraisers for large and small charities. They wanted to know how we did it. I now know that big, well-funded charities with staff paid to know about fundraising would love to replicate what Schnauzerfest achieves each year. I know because they tell me, I don’t make this up!
The TV programme helped raise the profile of Schnauzerfest. Through the year we’ve been receiving support and messages from people wishing to get involved; people seeing that what we do makes a real difference to dogs who need good humans on their side. When the weekend of walks came around a couple of weeks ago, our fundraising pot had been filling up all year.
I’m always humbled by the generosity of people, and their willingness to support Schnauzerfest, but today I feel something more. Two weeks on and the Schnauzerfest 2019 fundraising stands at a truly mindblowing £78,808. The final amount for this year won’t be known for a little while as we know people are still planning to donate for walks they did and for items they’re buying.
Today I realised that the £126,000 I mentioned on TV in January has now become £205,000. Schnauzerfest supporters have raised £205,000 in just 6 years for puppy farm dogs. My mind is blown.
Thank you to everyone who supports Schnauzerfest, making this spectacular annual event go from strength to strength.
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