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Turning Fun into Funds

Parents need to do their homework if they expect to get a pass mark with school fundraising projects.

Nicole Lander, who runs the Laser Tag website, a brand new portable attraction for fairs and fundraisers, says event organizers can no longer expect the community to support unimaginative events.

“Schools are becoming more professional because they need the money and because there are more companies providing services to them,” she said.

“And parents just don’t have the time to sit on committees, bake cakes and do crafts like they used to.”

But that doesn’t mean the festival is dead.

“The key to a village fair is getting the children there, but if you just hire a jumping castle (bounce house) and a slide you are not going to attract the middle school kids,” Ms Lander said.

“It is a mistake to cater only for very young kids."

“Kids nowadays are used to Xbox and Playstation.”

She said other common mistakes were to spread the event over too large an area and having the event run too long.

The biggest primary school in the State, Macgregor State School in Brisbane, has an annual fund-raiser called Mayfest which provides about $50,000 to the school’s coffers.

They were one of the very first innovative schools to book a new style of outdoor games called Laser Tag.

“It is getting harder to raise money so we need to think outside of the box and do things differently,” Ms Lander said.

To make fundraising easier, Ms Lander has a team to bring alive the fun of computer games.

"Our Carnival has now come and gone, leaving in its wake a large number of very happy young people from around Australia and New Zealand, and a small number of satisfied but tired organisers. Thank you so much for all your assistance. The children who engaged in Laser Tag had a great time. Your arrangements helped ensure that everything went smoothly. Wishing you continuing success," said Tony Leverton, Maccabi Junior Carnival.

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