In 2010, 7-year-old Charlie Simpson made a cycle ride to raise funds for Haiti earthquake victims. He hoped to raise £500 for the Haiti earthquake relief by cycling 5 miles around a local park, but he eventually raised £145,000 after his efforts touched the hearts of people around the world.
In 2008 a Brazilian priest, as part of a fundraiser, strapped 1000 balloons to a lawn chair and sent himself up. Weeks later, he was found dead at sea, earning him a Darwin Award.
In 2006, VH1 Classic ran fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief in which viewers could donate $25 to see the music video of their choice. One viewer donated $35, 000. Their choice? ’99 Luftballoons’. For an hour.
A Chicago High School, as a fundraiser, played Justin Bieber’s “Baby” between classes and had students pay to stop it. The campaign raised $1,000 in 3 days.
During WWII Canadians staged a Nazi Invasion as a fundraiser for the war. In one day they raised 3 millions dollars.