Organising your own event: What's involved?

Thank you for wanting to fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society to benefit people with cancer.

We are 98% funded by the public, meaning we rely almost entirely on fundraising and donations to fund life-saving cancer research and deliver services for people facing a cancer diagnosis and their families.

Doing your own fundraiser is a meaningful way to join the fight against cancer and we will be there every step of the way to help you with your event. We'll give you ideas about events you can organise, guidelines on how to register, and resources to help make your event a success.

Step 1: Get organising!

Start by deciding on your event. Whether your event idea is big or small, at home, for at work, school or in your community, it's up to you. Make it something fun that you would take part in yourself. 

Depending on the size of the event, you may want to form an organising committee to share the workload. 

Fundraising ideas

  • A fashion show or fancy dress.
  • An unwanted present sale.
  • A dinner dance or disco.
  • A raffle.
  • An art exhibition or auction.
  • A table quiz.
  • A spot the baby photo competition.
  • A football competition.
  • A New Year's Eve party.
  • A garden party.
  • A golf tournament.
  • A run, walk or rolling event.

Looking for more event ideas? Get inspired by seeing what some other Irish Cancer Society supporters have done.

Decide on a date and time and if you need a venue to hold your event. Once you have your event idea ready, tell us about it by registering your event!

If you need any help with ideas contact us on 1850 60 60 60 or email us at

Step 2: Register your event with us

Tell us about your plans by filling out an event proposal form so that we can provide you with the best support possible.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll get a complete sponsorship pack, incuding a fundraising guide and sponsorship cards. A member of our team will contact you to authorise your event, go over any details with you and tell you how to register to fundraise for us. 

Register now

Step 3: Make your event happen

Once your event has been approved by us, it's time to start working on the details. Finalise your date and time and book your venue (if applicable). 


Work out how much your event is likely to cost (don’t forget to ask for goods and services to be donated; you’ll be amazed how many people would love to help you out) and how much you realistically think you can raise.


Work out a timeline for your event, listing all the jobs and tasks (such as publicity or insurance) you need to get done and when they need to be done by (do not set deadlines for the day before the event).

Share the jobs among all the committee and make sure people know what they have to do and when they have to do it by.

Legal stuff

Check out legal requirements for your event. Do you need a garda permit? Should you get event insurance?

The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR) has created some great toolkits on garda permits and insurance and as always our fundraising team will be happy to help you too.

Step 4: Lodge your funds raised

Once your event has passed, you can submit funds raised with your debit or credit card online or by phone, by sending a cheque through the post, or by lodging your money in person at any AIB branch using the fundraising giro we provide in your sponsorship pack.

It's that simple.

Whether your event is big or small, it will benefit people across Ireland by funding research and helping to deliver services for people with cancer and their families.

Ready to get started? Start looking at event ideas or submit your event idea now!