What's your view on fundraising?
Many of us have raised some funds for charity as an adjunct to swims. This is a bloody expensive sport and costs are a limiting factor for most of us.
I was asked by a well-known commentator how much of this fundraised cash went to supporting swims and I could only say that In my experience in Ireland, most of the people who raised money for charity, gave 100% or very close to it of the funds to the chosen charity. (I've come across exceptions where people might have been stuck for an extra flight home or a delayed swim and they've used a small part to help defray costs, none of which exceptions do I have a problem with).
But I was talking to some other friends since, of whom one was also going to raise funds for charity deliberately to defray the cost of his own swim by taking the cost from that raised, another friend is completely against anyone looking for support, and there are people in between.
I'm not making any judgements, we all get to decide for ourselves, just curious on the range of options and opinions on this area.
And are there any recommendations or ideas on fundraising that anyone has used, successfully or otherwise? Has anyone been successful in getting sponsorship outside charity raising to help support costs, and if so, how did you achieve it?