Another school year has started and not only has my daughter returned to school but my son has started Kindy which means double the amount of fundraiser drives. I remember doing these when I was at school many moons ago, however over the last year I have found that they are becoming less popular with the families.
Cadbury Chocolate Fundraiser, Home Bake Drives, Flower Bulb Drives…the list goes on and I can bet that there are many more for different schools.
Now I am becoming one of the mothers that dread taking part in the drives.
Firstly, no one buys the products anymore. Family and friends are becoming ‘healthy’, they do not want to eat bars of chocolate. The same goes for all the cakes, pies and slices that are associated with Home Bake. And unless you know some keen gardeners, the flower drive is pointless!
Secondly, my friends have kids at school which means that they tend receive their own fundraisers, which most of the time are the same as what I am trying sell and at the same time. My family all live at least 2 hours away which means I then need to travel sometime on the weekend to deliver the products.
They also state that the children are not to go and sell the products and that if they do, that an adult is to supervise them. I would not under any circumstances let my daughter go and sell items by herself or with me, in fact I do not like to go up and down my street, knocking on strangers doors asking them to buy things from me.
Lastly the biggest factor I believe in most families is Time! With the daily tasks of work, home, sports, cooking and all that’s in between when do we really have the time to go asking people to buy chocolates, pies, cakes or flowers? I know I don’t and so I end up having to purchase a few items, working off the calories at the gym and finding flower blubs in my cupboards 2 years later and the remainder get taken back to the school, and then you receive the ‘you didn’t try hard’ look.
So this year I have decided that I will return the box of goodies immediately instead of delaying the inevitable.
Posted anonymously, 1st March 2015