After the event

 

Many individuals and organisations participate in World Animal Day on an annual basis, and their commitment is much appreciated.

Your first event might not go exactly according to plan, but don’t let that discourage you from taking part again next year. After all, W.C. Fields once said, ‘Never work with animals or children’, and, in a way, we’re asking you to do both!

This year, you’ll gain valuable experience and resources. You’ll also meet contacts that will help make it run more smoothly next time.

A few points to consider:

  • After your event has taken place, don’t forget to update your event information on the World Animal Day website by adding a report to tell the world how successful your event was! You can also upload some fabulous images and videos. People from all around the world visit this website, so make the most of this valuable free advertisement… let's show them what you’ve achieved!
  • Share updates on your social media platforms (and website if applicable), letting your audience know how well your event went.
  • If applicable, work out your profits and pass them on the recipient charity as soon as possible after the event. You could ask the local press to cover this with a photograph of the children handing over the cheque.
  • Make sure that any special equipment that has been borrowed or hired for the event is returned, clean and in working order, as soon as possible.
  • Following any project, it is always very useful to look back and give yourself an honest assessment of your event. Write a short report reflecting on both the good and not so good, noting down what changes or improvements to make for the next time.
  • If your event was large, with many volunteers, ask for their feedback and suggestions, either through a debrief meeting, or by email. If you think they would prefer to respond anonymously, provide them with a short questionnaire or comment cards.
  • After the event, send a timely letter of thanks to the venue, speakers, special supporters, sponsors, VIP visitors, individuals/companies that loaned or donated services or equipment etc. They would also appreciate notes written by the children.
  • Don’t forget to give yourself and the children a pat on the back – after all, you did it! You got involved for the animals – you got involved for World Animal Day!
  • Finally… start making plans for next year!

Why not hold a celebration party?

You might wish to hold a World Animal Day celebration party. This could be a fancy dress party with refreshments, or just an animal-themed version of your usual games, quizzes, etc. Whatever you choose, planning in advance is advisable.

Here are a few points to bear in mind:

  • Let parents know in advance what you are planning, and accept any offers of help. Anything out of the ordinary will trigger excitement among the children, which is bound to cause over-exuberance.
  • If you are planning an event with refreshments, check for food allergies and monitor this carefully at the event. In the excitement, it could be just too much of a temptation to try forbidden foods!
  • You might like to organise music for dancing, which could be as simple as some favourite CDs or as elaborate as a mobile disco. Make sure you have all the necessary power points and that equipment is fully functioning to avoid disappointment. Also, check out the musical tastes of the party-goers – teenagers can be especially disparaging about older people’s musical tastes.
  • If you are working with teenagers, some of them will almost certainly be in a band, so why not let them use the event to show off their skills? However, it is wise to check out quality and content well in advance and to monitor the sound levels closely.
  • Your party will be a bit more special if you can you can give small prizes for the best costume, the winners of quizzes and games, etc. Have a good supply of these relevant to the age and sex of your group. You could make these animal-themed, perhaps bought from an animal charity.
  • Remember to take photographs and upload them with a report of your event to act as inspiration for others in years to come.

Together, we WILL make animal welfare the priority it deserves to be!