Updates

We did it! It's time to thank you! November 24, 2021





Dear Friends,


In the spirit of Thanksgiving and celebration, we are
sending this THANK YOU for your recent support of the Spina BifidaAssociation of Iowa through our premiere fundraising event--Walk-N-Roll.


Funds raised through Walk-N-Roll are invested in the programs and services that support individuals, families, kids and adults impacted by Spina Bifida. These funds support our organization's sustainability and advancement of our mission to build better and brighter futures for all those impacted by Spina
Bifida.


We are so pleased to
announce that this was a record-breaking year
for our Walk-N-Roll!


Our grand total raised is $81,008!


 


This total is not yet audited so watch for an update, but we project that this will put our event at #1 in the country!


Thank you!     Thank you!     Thank you!   Thank you!


We very much appreciate your support and your investment in our future! Let us know how together we can help build a bright future for you and your loved one with Spina Bifida!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season!

See you next year!

From your friends at the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa

 

WNR weekend is here! October 01, 2021

Today kicks off Spina Bifida Awareness Month and tomorrow kicks
off Walk-N-Roll weekend for the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa! Thank you for being part of this BIG event for us, whether you are a donor, participant or
both!

 

If you donated to a team or individual, first of all we THANK YOU secondly we ask that you check in and see how their team is progressing.


If they are still working on their fundraising goal, please consider sharing their page with your friends  to help them make their goal. This builds public
awareness for spina bifida, as well as supports those working hard to raise funds for education, programs, research and more!

You can check here:

 

Teams and Leaderboard


If you are attending Walk-N-Roll we look forward to walking
with you and about 200 other friends and family in support of all those impacted by Spina Bifida as we work to build a better and brighter future.!


 

We hope to see you there this weekend, if not at a future
event. Thank you again for your support


Thank you and Saturday schedule update! September 26, 2021

Hello!


Thank you to our donors and thank you to those who are registered to attend Walk-N-Roll 2021!  We have some updates for those who are attending and staying overnight. 


Activities for Saturday night have changed to be outdoor activities and thus minimize risk of Covid-19. Also there's an update here on
accommodations--I know some of you had questions.

 

Here's the new schedule for Saturday/Sunday:


Saturday, Oct. 2

3-4 p.m. Arrive and check into rooms (if staying overnight)

4-6 p.m. Pool time (come swim in the warm, indoor accessible pool at Easter Seals)

5-7 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Demonstration and tethered rides (weather permitting) 

7:00 p.m. Pizza dinner campfire and smores

8:30 p.m. Stargazing!

Sunday, Oct 3

9-10 a.m. Continental breakfast in the lodge (those staying overnight and volunteers)

11:00 Registration

11:30 a.m. Walk

12-3 p.m. Adaptive Sports and Recreation Festival!

3-4 p.m. Wrap up and depart 


ACCOMMODATIONS


For those who have registered to stay overnight--there are enough rooms so that every family can have your own room. Your room might be a large room with a lot of other beds (so you can really spread out!) but it will have a door, windows and privacy. Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided.


There are separate large men's and women's bathrooms with stalls for privacy and have accessible equipment. Showers too!


Accommodations and meals are free of charge. If you have any questions or would like a picture of the rooms please send an email to [email protected] or call us at 515-635-1463.


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Coloplast is our new superstar! September 12, 2021

Thank you to Coloplast for being our Gold Star Sponsor for Walk-N-Roll 2021!


Watch for their booth and activities and Walk-N-Roll on October 3 and upcoming educational program.


Check out more about Coloplast here.

Fundraising Success Ideas! September 12, 2021

THANK YOU for organizing a team and for supporting the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa through Walk-N-Roll! Our goal is to build a better and brighter future for all those impacted by Spina Bifida, and raising funds
through WNR helps us build that future!


Here are some tips that we hope will help your fundraising success



TEN Steps to Awesome Fundraising for 

Walk-N-Roll 2021


Let's get rolling!.........


1. Identify your superstar and ask them to join you in your Walk-N-Roll journey 2021.


  • Who is your Super Star?

    Someone in your life who has impacted your 

journey with spina bifida--a mentor, friend,     teacher, doctor, physical therapist or 

someone you admire or aspire to be!


2. Register and set up your team page and include:

  • A heartfelt story about your journey with Spina Bifida that includes your Super Star

  • Pictures of yourself and your Super Star

  • Your fundraising goal and WHY you are raising money


3. Copy the link to your page and paste it in an email to your friends and family telling them about your fundraising goal and why you are raising money. Tips:

  • Include a picture of yourself and your super star

  • Ask for a specific amount based on your goal. 

  • Example "I'm asking 20 people to donate $50 to my team so that I can raise $1,000."


4. Send the link to your Super Star and ask them to send an email to their friends and family. Share your tips!


5. Set up a fundraiser on Facebook--it's super easy for you and for your donors!  Include a really good picture! Instructions are HERE.


6. Ask your Super Star to set up a Facebook fundraiser on their page. Share your picture with them.


7. Use Instagram to post lots of photos of you and your Super star and the link to your page. Share SBAIA posts.


8. Set up mini-fundraisers--see 20 ideas below and 101 ideas HERE


9. Ask major businesses (such as your employer or businesses in your community) to be a sponsor for your team. Ask for a specific amount to a person you know who has influence.  See sponsorship ideas below and look for the sample letter.


10. Promote yourselves – call/email your local media--newspaper, TV, radio--and let them know what you and your super star are doing. Offer to send a photo. Publicity generates donations!

***Don't forget to register to attend the Walk-N-Roll and Adaptive Sports and Recreation Festival. Everyone's welcome! Ask your team and your family to come with you--make sure they register HERE



20 Ideas for Mini Fundraisers and Raising Funds

  1. Do a Facebook fundraiser (this is the #1 easiest way to raise $ and raise awareness)

  2. Ask your local (and favorite!) restaurant to do a proceeds night (Usually 15-20% goes to your team or SBAIA) Check here for info about Groupraise and restaurant chains

  3. Have a local walk (not everyone can come to Walk-N-Roll)

  4. Have a walk and roll at your school for your student with SB

  5. Ask the principal or teacher to do a one-mile walk for Spina bifida or get wheelchairs brought to school and have a contest to see if kids or teacher or principal can roll a mile in a wheelchair

  6. Ask a teacher or the principal if they are willing to take a pie in the face if a fundraising goal is met

  7. Ask businesses that you support to donate or become a sponsor for your team (for example: ask for $100 and you can put their name on your fundraising page!

  8. Ask your school to have a special "Dress Day" (wear pajamas or hats, etc.) or a day where they pay $5 to do something crazy (that the school allows of course)!

  9. Ask your workplace to have a dress down day--everyone pays $5 to wear jeans or pajama pants?

  10. Challenge your colleagues for one week! If you have a meeting on Zoom, charge $5 for anyone who has their camera turned off during the meeting.

  11. Have a garage sale as a fundraiser--include a big donation jar

  12. Hold another event locally--like an auction, bake sale, golf tournament...

  13. Ask five to ten people to save their change for you for a month. Give them decorated buckets or jars to keep the change in.

  14. Do a challenge match.  Ask your friends to match your own gift up to a set amount    

  15. Do a 50/50 raffle--50% goes to the winner of the drawing and 50% to your team

  16. Do a challenge event--Ask people to donate a set amount of $ per mile that you walk or roll (or swim or ?) or a loved one who walks/runs prior to walk n roll

  17. Get a group of kids together on a hot day and do a car wash

  18. Pass a bucket at school sporting events if allowed

  19. Have school classrooms do a penny war and winning class gets ice cream party

  20. The classic--have a lemonade stand! Add some cookies!


Corporate or Business ideas for Who to Ask! 

Not sure who you should ask to support your WNR team? Here are some ideas for corporate/business support


Who Provides You Goods & Services Related to Spina Bifida

  • Physical Therapist

  • Neurosurgeon

  • Podiatrist

  • Orthotist

  • Wheelchair Dealer

  • Wheelchair Repair

  • Wound Care

  • Hospital

  • Urologist

  • Spina Bifida Clinic

Who Provides You Goods and Services Related to Your Home

  • House Cleaners

  • Grocery Store

  • Dog walker

  • Van Dealer

  • Contractor

  • Yard Maintenance

  • Pest Control

Who Provides You Goods and Services Related to Your General Health

  • Pediatrician

  • Dentist

  • Pharmacy

  • Gym

  • Sports Program or Team

Do you have a friend or family member who owns a company or works for a larger company

  • Car Dealership

  • Bank

  • Insurance Company

  • Restaurant

  • Tech Company