Ideas For Community Groups
World Animal Day - a special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals
Ideas For Community Groups
These are just a few event ideas that adult community groups/clubs can undertake for World Animal Day to raise funds for a favourite animal charity or just to make the day a little bit special.
- Ask an expert – invite several people with special skills to demonstrate and teach their arts, e.g. juggling, origami, homemade cosmetics, songs from other countries, vegetarian cookery, candle-making. Have only three experts, but make sure their skills are contrasting. This will allow plenty of time for each event, but also sufficient variety to make it interesting for everyone.
- Quiz night – make your questions animal-related.
- Food, glorious food – plan a pot-luck supper where everyone contributes something or a ‘dinner-on-the-run’ where each of the courses is in someone else’s house. Organise after-dinner entertainment.
- Dance the night away – if you’re feeling ambitious. The type of dance that would be suitable depends upon where you live, but in the UK it might be a barn dance or ceilidh, but you could also approach a local teacher of line dancing or Indian dance to share their skills or even a Morris dance team to show you some fancy footwork.
- Fun and games – organise an evening of games, outdoor or indoor depending upon where you live. If October is a warm month where you live, you could consider organising a football or cricket match with everyone wearing an animal costume.
- Tried and tested ideas – garage sales, coffee mornings, sponsored walks, and so on might seem unoriginal, but the fact is they are popular simply because they work so well.
- Pet show – this is ideal for families, and could involve prizes for the waggiest tail, the most unusual markings, the friendliest pet, etc.
- Musical talent – hire a karaoke machine, organise a talent contest or have your own version of Stars in the Eyes.
Marking the Day
- Volunteer your services to a local wildlife group for the day to put up bird or bat boxes, create a wildlife habitat, etc.
- Create a wildlife-friendly corner in someone’s garden. This could include a garden pond, a bird table, a log pile and plants that attract bees and butterflies. Ask your local wildlife trust for advice if you are unsure.
- Invite someone who works with animals to talk to your group about their job. A talk from someone who works in animal welfare is always enlightening, but can be distressing. Alternatively you could ask someone with a guide dog to talk about their experiences. Police dog handlers, vets, staff from boarding kennels or catteries, people involved in Pets as Therapy and animal behaviourists are also potential speakers.
- Adopt an animal – there are many animal sponsorship schemes available from organizations that protect endangered species. Spend the day researching, then decide which animal your group would like to adopt. Most organizations will send you regular updates on your chosen animal’s progress.
- As a discussion topic, talk about the roles animals have played in your lives. Bring in photographs of childhood pets, etc. Well-behaved dogs and other animals could also be invited to the meeting.
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Very important - Don’t forget to take photographs during your event and upload some with a short report about how it went. Show the world what you have achieved for the animals and inspire others to get involved.