Fundraising Ideas for SAT-7

Thank you for considering fundraising for SAT-7.  We really appreciate your financial support.

SAT-7 does not sell advertising, nor do programme presenters ask for gifts. Instead we rely on donations from individuals, groups and churches to fund the making of our high quality, culturally relevant Christian programmes.

Events for fundraising

Dish of Hope

Help us raise funds while you have a meal with friends!

We urgently need to raise money to produce a series of programmes specifically to train house church leaders in Iran.  Can you help us by organising a Dish of Hope event?

Your Dish of Hope event can be whatever you want it to be. Hold it before morning worship, have lunch together afterwards, invite friends round for tea or have your home group over for an evening buffet. Serve traditional English food or try your hand at Iranian or Middle Eastern food. Print some simple place mats with prayers for Christians in Iran or simply make it a fun time to share food together. Do whatever is right for your church!  Read more about Dish of Hope here.

Download the Dish of Hope fundraising pack here or request a copy to be posted to you here.

Personal challenges/Sponsored activities

If you’re taking part in a sponsored event – whether it’s a race, silence, bake-off or a swim - and you want to raise money for SAT-7, simply download a SAT-7 sponsorship form here or use a fundraising website. SAT-7 is registered on a number of sites,  but we recommend, run by Christian charity Stewardship.

Sponsored walks

Are you part of a walking group or do you simply like a challenge?  These stories of sponsored walks that other supporters have done might inspire you!

- The Two Moors Way crosses Dartmoor and Exmoor.  John walked all 102 miles of this route in 2008 raising money for SAT-7.  It was John's third sponsored walk for SAT-7, having done Offa's Dyke and the Coast-to-Coast walk in previous years, raising £4,000 as a result!

-  In 2009 a group of supporters trekked to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, raising funds for SAT-7. They raised almost £10,000, and experienced the joys and pains of a challenging 6 day trek, the highlight of which was reaching the summit after a strenuous 5 hour climb.

Don't be put off if these are too strenuous - why not clip on a step-o-meter, set yourself a daily distance challenge and ask your friends to sponsor you.

Swim and raise money!

Are you one of the thousands of people who go for a swim each week?  Check out Splashpath - it lets you set a challenge such as 'Swim the Channel'.  Then each week as you swim you input the distance you have swum and it plots your progress online.  Friends can follow your progress and sponsor you.

In memorium and legacy

Remember a loved one who has died by making a donation in their memory.  Alternatively you could consider leaving a gift to SAT-7 in your will.  Please contact your solicitor if you wish to leave a legacy to any organisation as they can advise you best.  You can read more about leaving a legacy to SAT-7 by downloading our legacy leaflet.

Please contact the office if you wish to discuss this further.

Send gifts from SAT-7's Alternative Gifts site

Whatever the occasion, SAT-7 alternative gifts let your friends or family members know how that their cause for celebration is also sharing God's love in the Middle East. Browse our online gift catalogue of SAT-7 programmes, viewer groups, countries and current needs, and select a gift that will match your friend or relative's interests. Gift values start at just £5. You'll receive a greetings card, envelope and gift certificate to send on or you can choose to send a gift certificate by email.

More ideas

Raise money searching the internet

Internet users can generate money for SAT-7 by choosing search engines that give a donation to a charity when you use them to find information on the internet. To raise money without even trying try one of these examples of search engines that donate to charities:

Raise money by shopping online

Can you believe it's possible to shop for yourself and raise money for SAT-7 as well? You can do this shopping on loads of everyday websites including Amazon, M&S, Tesco, Asda and many hundreds more. Just go to either of these sites and register to support SAT-7:

Do you use eBay to sell things?  Have you heard of PayPal Giving Fund (formerly MissionFish)?  When you sell something on eBay you can use PayPal Giving Fund to donate some or all of the proceeds of your sale to any charity you choose.  What a great way to tithe your sales!

Birthday gifts

The next time you have a birthday or special anniversary, why not ask your friends and family to make  a donation to SAT-7 in lieu of a gift, as one supporter, Joan, did on her 80th birthday? Together, Joan's friends raised over £1,000!

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"I have Christian roots and it makes me really happy that I’m able to watch a Christian channel without any problem. So I’m tuning in and watching from early each morning in order to understand Christianity. What better way to spend your retirement could there be? Thank you so much. "

Retired teacher in Turkey

"Thank you SAT-7 for your concerns and taking the time to talk about our issues and to all who stand for our cause."

Viewer of 'Needle and Thread' episode which highlighted discrimination against Sudanese refugees in Egypt

""Dear brothers and sisters, I live in Azerbaijan and I am the only Christian where I live. I really like this channel and it encourages me so much. May God keep blessing you." "

SAT-7 TÜRK viewer

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Mariam, a viewer in Egypt

"SAT-7 reaches our family in this desert to give us hope where there is none. Our kids know Jesus through you and the miracles he is doing... Through this small TV screen, you reach our heart, we hear the news of Heaven and you give us relief, we feel home where we don't feel it and know we have a Big family in Christ, caring and praying and working."

A family in Saudi Arabia

"Thank you for today's sermon by Dr Maher Samuel. We really need to hear these words; to change the reality with Jesus living in us and to live the life of victory over sins, the life of sanctification and to return to the Word of God.""

Viewer of live service from KDEC church, Cairo

"I started to read the Bible and to watch SAT-7 PARS. Gradually I felt some difference in my heart and realised that I love God. This even changed my mind on emigrating. Therefore I stayed in Iran and now I am one of your viewers. Your programmes are the only source I have to build my faith."

A viewer in Tehran

"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."

Man from Morocco

"I would like to thank each one who works on my favourite channel, SAT-7. You are the source of blessing to my life. I pray that the Lord bless you and use you more for His glory."

A Syrian woman

"Yesterday evening I came across you while channel surfing. I watched a couple of very nice programmes. I especially liked the movie explaining the Prophet Abraham's life. I had previously read the Bible, but I do not really understand, are you able to help me?"

Student in Turkey

"I am touched by the sermons that I’m watching every Friday. I’m not able to go to church but God has opened a door for me to attend a church service in my house every week! I never thought that one day I would see bold Algerians worshipping the Lord and not afraid to be shown on TV."

An Algerian viewer

"Finally, a Syrian programme has come to us! May God bless you and use you to the glory of His name."

A viewer of 'Just for You'

"I came across Levent Kinran’s programme on your channel. For years, there have been some issues that really bothered me, and he gave great answers to them. Is there a book that I can read? I love the Christian faith very much, but there is a lot of pressure from my family. My Dad especially doesn’t like having the Bible in the house."

A viewer in Turkey

"I would like to thank you for your marvellous efforts in serving our children. Enough to say that we leave them in front of SAT-7 KIDS with full trust of your commitment to supplement our parenting."

Parent in Egypt

"Five years ago I started seeking for the truth in different religions. I was lost, confused and wanted to reach out to God. I really needed comfort and peace. Thank God I found peace and the truth through the programmes and the songs on my favourite channel SAT-7."

A woman from Saudi Arabia

"I'm Maya, 3 and a half years old from Amman, watching your bedtime story every night and can't go to bed before listening to your stories. Mama also watching with me."

From a young child in Jordan