Going meat free for one week creates an opportunity for you to think about the benefits of eating more plant-based foods, including how consuming wholegrains and plant-based foods containing dietary fibre can help decrease the risk of bowel cancer.
| Meat Free Week: Eat well. Live well. Be well.
- Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
- Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant-based foods.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
| Get involved
- 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.
Spread the word
- 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 modifiable risk factors webpage.
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram - remember to hashtag #MeatFreeWeek.
Plan your week
- 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 and free downloadable posters, social media images and other resources.
We hope Meat Free Week creates an opportunity for you to encourage meat loving friends or family to take a break from meat for a week and discover some great plant-based alternatives.
- 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.
Please Note: If you are planning to do online fundraising ONLY, there's no need to complete the proposal, simply sign up online and you're good to go!
| Easy peasy fundraising tips
- 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.