Cristina Mageau has been fundraising for the Montreal Walk to END PKD for three years, and this year her team - Team Verdun - raised more than $11,000 for the Walk to END PKD! What advice to they have for others looking to raise a large amount?
Cristina says her fundraising journey started with a PKD story that is very inspirational, and that many friends and family want to help with.
Team Verdun was also quite large, at more than 35 participants! It's easier to raise a large amount of money when the effort is shared by so many.
Cristina sent out an email to her contacts, telling them what she was fundraising for, and inviting them to donate. She says she's fortunate that one of her friends also told his contacts, which included a number of business people, and someone with a foundation who made quite a large donation.
Having connections who are willing to amplify your message is one way of enhancing your fundraising efforts.
Sharing a meaningful personal story is another - especially if it's a story that touches people's hearts, and gives them a glimpse into the world of PKD, and the huge difference that a cure could make for those with the disease.
The Montreal Walk to END PKD is also an appealing event to invite people to - there are activities for children, such as face painting, and this year the event was attended by members of the Montreal Alouettes football team.
Cristina raises money for the Walk to END PKD because she wants to be a part of changing the future for people with PKD. Congratulations, Team Verdun!