Going meat free for one week creates an opportunity for you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much meat may have.
Meat Free Week challenges participants to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.
As the health partner of Meat Free Week since 2014, Bowel Cancer Australia continues to support this dynamic awareness and fundraising campaign that motivates action.
- Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
- Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant-based foods.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Write a short blurb about why you’re participating in Meat Free Week.
- Upload a profile picture.
- Select your fundraising target.
- Encourage everyone you know to make a donation in support of your Meat Free Week efforts by sharing your unique fundraising page URL.
- Use your personal fundraising page to invite friends via email or social media.
- Tweet your support and/or Instagram your favourite meat-free meals.
- Educate yourself, family and friends on the impact eating too much meat can have by visiting our Get Your Veg Out blog/news page.
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram - remember to hashtag #MeatFreeWeek.
- Get some inspiration by checking out the delicious meat free recipes provided by our favourite chefs and foodies.
- It’s a great idea to plan your meals for each of the seven days before Meat Free Week commences. It will make it so much easier (and more fun) to stick to your resolve.
- Visit easy peasy fundraising tips, health and wellbeing ideas for your workplace and free downloadable posters, social media images and other resources.
- Encourage some meat loving friends to sign up for the challenge and sponsor them and/or offer to cook a meat free meal during the week.
- Host a dinner party during Meat Free Week and ask guests to bring along a vegetarian/vegan plate and make a donation in support of the campaign.
- Organise a night out at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant or cafe. Ask everyone to chip in a bit extra and donate the contribution to the campaign.
- If you're short on time, then one of the simplest ways to get involved is to make a donation.
- Let eveyone know: spread the word that you are taking part in Meat Free Week with family and friends whether that be face-to-face, via email, online or over the phone, chat to your work colleagues, get something included in your club/group newsletter, encourage as many people as possible to take the challenge with you.
- Be social: post your fundraiser details on your social media pages. Remember to include the campaign hashtag #MeatFreeWeek so that we can share/re-tweet.
- Create: make a poster or flyer about your fundraising and distribute them around your workplace or local community (be sure to receive the appropriate charity/company/council approvals first). Free poster templates are available for download from Bowel Cancer Australia's online shop. Contact your local newspaper to see if they will feature your story and fundraising efforts in the next edition.
- Work it: ask the HR department at work if they can put a posting about your fundraising on the company intranet or in the company newsletter. Investigate if your employer matches charity donations (many large and/or community conscious organisations do). Hold a Meat Free Week luncheon or morning tea at your workplace – to help we’ve created an event poster that you can download and some extra tips on hosting an event at work.
- Break it down: break your fundraising down into achievable bite-sized chunks. For example: sponsorship from your family - $200, vegetarian dinner with friends - $200, morning tea at work - $100. $500 reached!
- Give thanks: be sure to thank all your donors and sponsors, tell them why their support is so important and how their donation will help by posting individual thank you comments for every donation received, updating your fundraising page regularly and sharing posts on your social media.