This event is many things to many people, but at its core, it is a critically important fundraiser for LifeFlight of Maine, a nonprofit organization and our state’s only emergency medical helicopter service.Since we started operations in 1998, LifeFlight has touched the lives of nearly 26,000 critically ill and injured people from nearly every community in Maine.
We know that not everyone is a born fundraiser, but get this: Last year’s swimmers raised an average of more than $2,000 per person! That’s right, people just like you raised more than $520,000 for LifeFlight. This year we’re shooting for $600,000, and we need your help. Here are some ways to up your fundraising game!
Set up your fundraising page. You don't have to make it complicated. Think of the people landing on your page, how PROUD they are of you! They're excited to support you and know that swimming across the Bay is an amazing feat.
Add a photo of yourself. Not for you? How about a photo of the ocean?
Set a fundraising goal. It’s a goal so set it high, so you have to stretch yourself to reach it. We have a long way to go to reach our $600,000 goal, but together, you and the other swimmers, paddlers, volunteers, (and our terrific sponsors), will get us there.
Write a short little blurb about 1) what you're doing; 2) why you're doing it; and 3) how much you would appreciate support. Seriously, just a few short but personal sentences are enough to enlist support.
Finally, ask your friends and family. You don't even have to ask in person! Share your page on Facebook, use the automated email function to mass mail, or send the page link to a bunch of people separately. People like to participate! And most of them definitely don't want to swim.
Just remember, you aren't asking them to send you money. You're asking them to support LifeFlight of Maine, this organization that is saving lives every single day.
Want to get fancy about it? Check out these additional ideas.
Want some useful talking points?
LifeFlight is Maine’s only statewide helicopter critical care transport service.
Last year, LifeFlight cared for more than 2,000 critically ill or injured patients throughout the state.
We have helped nearly 26,000 patients get the advanced medical treatment and rapid transport they need, no matter where they are or whether they are able to pay.
This nonprofit service is literally the difference between life and death, especially when transport over rugged terrain (or water!) can take hours to get to the nearest trauma center.
LifeFlight of Maine is nationally renowned for safety and leadership.
Funds raised at this year’s swim will help purchase two new helicopters. Echo Mike and Charlie Mike, our two oldest aircraft, have been beacons of hope in moments of need since 2005. With flight time racking up and aviation technology continually evolving, it’s time to replace the old helicopters with the next generation of fast, nimble and safe aircraft.