Social media tips

1. Start with your why.

When you post on social media about your efforts for the first time start with your why.

Dragon Boat participants get involved in Dragon Boat for various reasons - many are very close to the heart. Maybe you or a loved one are currently surviving cancer, or perhaps you’re paddling to honor someone you have lost to cancer. Maybe you want to make a difference. Whatever your reason is, we all paddle for one common reason: to beat cancer. Share your personal reason with your social media friends to start spreading awareness of your efforts!

2. Post often about your team’s efforts. Shout out your donors and supporters along the way.

3. Consider thinking outside of the box.

Create a social media challenge to entice your friends to donate to you. For example, you could say, “If my social media friends help me raise $500 for cancer research and community prevention resources, I will shave my head!”

Other examples could include throwing a pie in your or someone else’s face; dumping a bucket of ice-cold water on yourself, or whatever you think would motivate your social media friends to donate to your efforts. NOTE: we do not encourage any challenges that could cause harm to you or others.

Social media templates (use these templates in your efforts):

I have recently accepted the challenge of raising money for the Dragon Boat Upstate Festival, which supports the Prisma Health Cancer Institute Upstate through its local prevention and early detection services, advanced cancer research, and life-changing patient and survivor programs.

Please consider supporting my team by joining us in fighting cancer by learning more and donating at:

Paddles up!

This year I am raising money for the Prisma Health Cancer Institute to help fund advanced cancer research, community prevention programs and so much more.

I’m involved because (example: I’m involved because I want to make a difference in my community and prevent cancer from ever happening).

Will you join me in fighting cancer by donating to my efforts? You can donate at my personal fundraising page, here: .

I’m raising money for local cancer programs that not only support people in our community living with cancer but that aim to stop cancer once and for all. I’ve raised [amount] so far, but I still need [amount] to completely reach my goal! Would you consider making a donation (even small gifts help!) to assist me in my fundraising efforts?

Please feel free to share this post and encourage your own friends to give to my efforts in fighting cancer.

Thank you in advance for your generosity! [insert relevant #hashtag, URL, and photo]

Join me in fighting cancer by helping me raise money to support the cancer community in the Upstate! I only need [amount] to reach my goal. Make a difference today! [insert relevant #hashtag, shortened URL, and photo]

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