We seriously need all the help we can get!
1) In order to cover the cost of the hall rental, prizes, and other expenses, our biggest challenge in hosting a show of this type is attracting enough people to both enter their rats, and attend as spectators... and that means publicity, for which there is nothing left in the budget!
Please pass on the show
information to as many people as you can think of, and remember even non rat
owners may be interested in attending. It can be a fun family outing.
Please print up this
Poster or Flyer.
It can be posted, handed out, faxed or emailed. It can be placed in
businesses, especially vets or pet supply stores that do not sell rats, as
well as in community centers and community bulletin boards, even in large
workplaces. Next, please let me (Lizzy) know what you are doing with it,
in order to avoid duplication.
page. Twitter, Facebook, and/or Blog about our event frequently.
Feel free to cross post about it on various pet related forums.
If you have any connections to the media or if you know of any places to advertise online (that I might have missed) please let me know. I would be happy to send you a copy of our press release.
2) Items or services that we
(Please let me know what you will be bringing, to avoid duplcations.)
Printing - if you, or your
workplace, are able to donate some free printing or photocopying,
please let me know.
Raffle items - new or
gently used, even homemade - rat or pet related items are always popular but
donations of all types are always welcome. If anyone is willing to
approach local businesses for possible donations that would be wonderful.
Children's craft ideas and
supplies, especially treats such as cereal, sunflower seeds, yogurt drops,
etc, to fill piņatas for rescue rats.
Items to give as prizes, especially homemade treats for the ratties!
3) Help on the day of the show, and the evening before
On Friday, February 10th at
8 pm, we
will need a crew of people to go in and help set up the tables and chairs,
put on the table cloths, put up some signs and do everything that can
possibly be done in advance. Since I know many people will be coming
straight from work, perhaps we could order some pizza and make a party of
Trained show judges and apprenticed show judges are always
needed on the day of the show. If enough people are interested,
perhaps a training session could be
arranged the night before the show.
There are all kinds of jobs on the day
of the show, from health checking the the animals, to taking admissions at
the door, to helping with the raffle, and craft tables, watching exhibitors
tables to allow people to take breaks or to help in other areas, as well as assorted
other odd jobs that may pop up throughout the day. The more volunteers
we have, the less time any one person will be stuck doing the same task all
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