Congrats You’re Now in Charge of Fundraising – What Next???


You know that old chestnut – It was early in the school term, and the call was put out by the P&F committee for new and enthusiastic parents to step up and show their loyalty to the school community and volunteer some (inner) event management skills by being part of the team. You know there are some who firmly believe that the murderous trivia night portrayed in Lianne Moriarty’s best seller Big Little Lies was based on a Lane Cove fundraiser (we can tell you that is only a rumour and there is no evidence to link Lane Cove to the book).

Lyndall from Walkers Party Hire North Shore gives us a few tips on party planning.

You’ve planned a few parties in the past so surely organising a few fundraisers, some cake stalls and a community Fete Day couldn’t be that hard?! After half a glass of champers and encouragement from some supportive parents, you find yourself putting your hand up. “Congratulations and welcome to the team,” the principal says as they shake your hand firmly, “we need some fresh ideas and we look forward to hearing your plans”. Gulp! Welcome to School Fundraising and Events!

First order of the day is reviewing last year’s events & fundraisers: What did the P&F organise? How many parents/tickets were sold? Did they run out of cakes? Were there enough volunteers? Was it the right time of year for an outdoor event? Do they have all the info from last year?  Who can I talk to?

There’s going to be a lot of these questions which are only natural to ascertain and assess so that your year on the P&F is a viable and successful one. From book drives, themed cocktail evenings to trivia nights (a personal favourite!), there are lots of fundraising opportunities to get parents engaged and provide a memorable function. Meeting new people, teachers and developing school spirit are built on events such as these.

Vivid fest

But keeping your eyes on the prize – whilst indulging in the caterer’s delicious canapés – your role is to crunch numbers and the bottom line is to make as much money for the school as possible. For new computer equipment, painting the playground asphalt, purchasing sports gear or shade sail across the quadrangle. The principal will thank you for your efforts and the reward will be in a successful event though using reliable local suppliers.

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At Walkers Party Hire in Lane Cove West, we have worked with lots of local schools for big or small fundraisers and community/parent events. Our friendly staff will endeavour to find the right hire solutions that will keep within your budget, look fabulous making you and the committee look a million bucks and the school even more!

Our specialities are Trivia Nights, Cocktail Gatherings, Mothers/Fathers Day Stalls, Melbourne Cup lunches and Student Discos. On a larger scale, we can deliver your school’s major Fete Days/Outdoor Street Events and Festivals.


So whether you’re looking for some upmarket chairs to add that sparkle, market umbrellas, tables and chairs for your guests, or Fete Stalls for your food vendors to trade from, Walkers Party Hire has you covered.

In the recent past, our team have had the pleasure of delivering quality hire equipment to:

North Sydney Demo School (End of Year Fundraiser) – Glow furniture, Dance Floor, Cocktail Tables and Stools

North Sydney Marist School (Trivia night for 400 attendees) – 40 x 1.8m rounds tables, tables for 10

Mosman Public School (Mini-Mos Fair) – Fete Stalls, BBQs, Tables, Cool Room

Chatswood Public School (School Fair) – Marquee, Dance Floor, Food Warmers

Lane Cove West Public School (Fundraiser) – Cocktail Tables, Stools

St Michaels Catholic School (Fundraiser) – White Chairs, Tables, Linen

Holy Cross College Ryde (Open Day) – Round Café Tables, Market Umbrellas

Glow bar

Organising a school event doesn’t have to be a daunting endeavour because together with experience and local knowledge, we’ve got you covered. From the team at Walkers Party Hire, Invite us first!

To make an appointment to visit our showroom or for a no-obligation chat call us on 9428 3922

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Walkers Party HIre North Shore
Address: Unit 3/12 Chaplin Drive (off Mars Road) Lane Cove
Phone: (02) 9428 3922
Email: [email protected]

If you need any suppliers for a party the first place to look is in our business directory. We have:

Drink Suppliers
Cake Suppliers

This is a sponsored blog (to keep Mr ITC happy). ITC prides itself on only recommending services they would use or supporting start-up business and community events (which are always free to list on ITC). Thank you for supporting ITC. We have used Walkers Party Hire North Shore for personal occasions and when running community events – they are great to deal with.

Want more info on fundraising or planning a party – check out these blogs:

5 Tips on Planning a Party in Lane Cove

Why Hiring a Caterer Makes You the Life of the Party

Get Ready for New Years Eve – good tips on ordering drinks for a party.

Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at [email protected]