Ōrewa’s Ally Manning, co-founder of My Fundraiser, has been providing bulk toilet paper as a fundraiser for around 10 years, but since lockdowns began it has taken off.
Since the country entered the red light setting, sales in January were 180 percent higher than December’s total.
“The funds raised for Good Causes in January was equivalent to the funds raised over the past eight months combined,” Ally says.
With supply lines firmly in place, Ally’s organisation was able to keep supplies of this essential product up when demand was high and supermarket shelves often emptied fast.
My Fundraiser supplies pallet loads of toilet paper to schools, sports clubs and charities, whose members sell it on and get a percentage back for their organisation.
Ally says it has always been a good little earner, but through the first lockdown in 2020 it went onto an online platform which made it available to a lot more people and larger charities.
Ally says the product was originally chosen because it’s an essential, is plastic free and environmentally friendly. Then came lockdowns.
“It became a pandemic proof fundraiser,” she says. “When so many groups are struggling to hold their usual events and collections, it is still there.”
Locally, Ōrewa Primary is the first school to sign up for the toilet paper fundraiser.
The Mum’s Clique of Silverdale, and Harbour Hospice are also beneficiaries.
To support those groups – and keep the toilet paper stocked up at home – order via www.myfundraiser.co.nz and when checking out, select your charity of choice. Ten percent of the purchase price ($5 per box) goes to that group.