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Car Wash

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A car wash fundraiser is a fun way to raise valuable funds for your club. It’s a great way to build team spirit and get some exercise, and lets face it, we all need our cars washed so their should be no shortage of customers if promoted well.

Car Wash Fundraiser

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Financial Considerations

Expenses to consider (if not obtainable from club members) include signage for your wash bay, costs of hoses, pressure guns, chamois, sponges, buckets, wash soap and wax. Luckily elbow grease is free and you'll need plenty of it in the form of volunteers. Weather is a risk to consider – no one wants a clean car if the rain is going to ruin it minutes later. Aim for 100 cars for the day at $10 per wash and at the end of the day your club will pocket $1000 dollars and those involved will be wetter and possibly cleaner as well as having had a few laughs along the way.

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It's not only club members that have dirty cars, it is likely the whole community can benefit from your club's event so promote community wide and not just club wide. Enlist the help of your local radio and newspaper to provide a community announcement promoting your car wash. Get someone at your club to produce a flyer that can be printed and copies left in community centres like shops and schools.And don't forget your to promote within the club on the website and newsletter notices as well as promotion on club social media pages.

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Licenses and Permits

Water restrictions may apply in some states, so to restrictions on trade in public places so check with your local council.

Factors to Consider

  • Your club should set up wash bays near drainage points and with access to water and power
  • Aim to use pressure guns to reduce water wastage
  • Pick a date that enures traffic to your club - a match day, presentation or registration day
  • Adult supervisors are required at all times as kids with water, hoses and soap just can't help getting distracted.
  • Have a traffic management plan to include speed limits and traffic marshalls
  • Organise washers into teams and make it a competition for the most cars washed in a day.
  • Select a location with high visability and lots of passing traffic
  • Disclaimer

    This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.