Race for Relief
The race is on to provide relief for the type of charity that is near to your heart – choose from schools and students in need, the homeless or animal shelters.
The event slips into first gear with guests receiving team identification. Whatever they receive, they must race over to that team table to join their fellow teammates.
Next, our emcee revs up the crowd, explaining how the event works. Teams are challenged with building a car using the supplies provided, such as K'nex wheels and pieces. But, the body of the car must be made out of items being donated to the chosen cause. The name of the event changes depending on which cause you prefer, but the premise stays the same regardless:
- The Paper Chase - Teams use school supplies as the base of their car, which are donated to organizations such as local schools, Boys & Girls Club or a Gift For Teaching after the event.
- Soap Box Derby – Teams craft their chassis out of hygiene items such as packaged toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc. All items are donated to a homeless shelter or other organization that supports those struggling to buy basic necessities.
- Hot Diggity Dog Derby – Teams take "paws" as they figure out how to incorporate pet food, cleaning supplies, pet toys and other items into their car design. The animal shelter benefitting from the donation after this event will be thankful that they won’t have to beg for items, because their shelves will be full with the items you’ll graciously be giving them!
Throughout the building phase, teams can test their racecar on the custom-built tracks that are sure to bring back memories of their pinewood derby days. Teams must also create a poster advertising the name of their car. Then, it’s time to go into overdrive for the races! The racecar driver from each team takes their place at the starting gate with the poster-girl or guy behind them. The flag is waved and racecars roll down the track. If they win their heat, they go on to compete in the next round.
In the end, three categories of award medals are handed out. One for the winning racecar; one for the most creative car design and; one special award for the team whose racecar had the most spectacular crash on the track. And, the event ends with a charitable representative getting your group’s hearts racing as they explain how the donations they provided will be used to get their goals on track.
If you’re looking for relief from the common charitable team building event, we promise this one will get your group’s motor running!
- Set, strike and delivery of event for teams of 6
- A professional event leader to emcee and organize the event
- Event assistants to approve designs and oversee each race track
- Coordination with a local charity, including delivery of donations after the event
- A DJ to provide the sound system and play music throughout the event
- Bandannas for each participant to serve as team identification
- Décor including a banner, race flags and race tracks
- Event equipment including rulebooks, team bags, racecar-building materials, and $75 in donation materials per team
- Award medals for each participant on three teams
Additional Event Information
|Ideal Group Size
36 or more participants
|Ideal Team Size
6 participants per team
This event can be held indoors or outdoors
|Level of Customization
Client logo on award medals, client chooses type of charity
CSR, relationship building, community service, team bonding, creativity, strategy, problem solving
Donations to a local charity of client’s choice
Approximately 25 square feet per person
|Set Up Required
Draped and skirted banquet rounds or cocktail tables (1 for each team of 6), 4 six or eight-foot draped and skirted tables for each racetrack (# varies based on group size), 1 six or eight foot draped and skirted table for the DJ, power (standard outlet) for the DJ.
Note: Based on event location and group size, event details may differ slightly from above description