The nature of your organisation or club will determine
how your sponsored silence goes forward... but ultimately,
supporters are going to have to keep schtum for a while in order to
However you run your event, there are some principles that apply
- Sponsorship: decide whether to gather
sponsorship through forms, or via an online giving platform. Will
participants be sponsored individually, or as a group?
- Publicise: promote, promote, promote! Give
supporters plenty of time to hear about your sponsored silence so
that they can take part. Advertise on posters around the community,
on your website and social media, and in the local press if you
can. The more people supporting the event, the quieter it will
be... (and the more money you'll make).
- Length: deciding how long to stay silent for
will largely depend on your organisation, the age of the
participants, and how regularly you meet. Make it realistic but
Silence with children
If your organisation involves children, or has set times when
everyone is together, this gives you the perfect opportunity to
hold a sponsored silence. Decide how long you want to stay silent
for - 30 minutes for younger children could be quite a challenge!
To keep them entertained, run 'silent games' with pens and paper,
such as a variation on Pictionary. Countdown the last minute to get
the children excited about finishing - and being able to cheer!
Silence with adults
If your organisation doesn't have a core group of children, or
meet at regular times, there are other ways to plan it to get
adults involved, too. You can either organise an event to gather
everyone together, or trust them to stay quiet for a day in aid of
your cause! Ask people in the community to go silent for one day,
whether they're working, out with the children, or simply having a
day indoors. Get them to promote it to their friends and family, so
that everybody is aware of what they're trying to do.
With Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites and
messaging services taking over our lives, a digital detox is easy
enough to pull off, but hard enough to convince people to sponsor!
Ask supporters to stay silent over social media - that means NO
Tweeting, Facebook updates, iMessaging, texting, Instagram updates,
etc. It's easier to manage (you can check their social media
sites!), and the fun is in how hard some people will find it.
Dedicate a day for your digital silence, asking supporters to take
part and get sponsored.
Have you organised a sponsored silence? How did you run it? Get in
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