Our First Test Succeeds – Fundraising in New Brunswick

A few weeks ago we made contact with Rick Kirkpatrick who runs the Provincial body for darts in New Brunswick, and told him about the plan we had for helping groups raise funds.

Since our Facebook button campaign has been such a success in relative terms – 2,500 members to date; small, but hey, there are only so many Canadian dart players around – we approached him with an interesting win-win-win proposition.

We suggested we send him 100 custom buttons with the words “NB Darts” at the bottom and he make them available to players in his province at various shoots, league events and tournaments.

He took us up on the offer and took them to the 2010 edition of the Saint John Summer Classic.

Heck, what a success! Nearly everyone who attended wore a button, and in their first event alone they almost doubled their purchase price and still have buttons left to sell!

Everybody wins in this situation: the provincial body, The Big Push, and even the players.

It truly is a Win-Win-Win program.

Whether players who made the suggested donation of a toonie or more for a button realized it or not, they are helping themselves as well.

Our quiet goal is to increase the number of people playing darts in this country -at all levels – and do some really big things for darts.

Working with provincial bodies, leagues, and even legions, service clubs and venues, is a great way to do this.

If you’re a decision-maker of any group that would like to participate in our fund raising program, be sure to give us an e-mail by clicking here.

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One Man’s Dart Blog – Intro

I started playing darts in Toronto in the early ’80s when Tungsten darts were just starting to make their way onto the oche.

Back then there were many pubs and bars where you could play. Some were so busy you would have to put your name on the chalkboard at the bottom and wait until your turn came up. Often times there was an additional piece of paper the organizer was forced to add names to – sometimes 20 deep for a couple of boards.

Since then I have seen darts in a decline in Toronto. I am told there are places in Canada where it still thrives, but I know from talking to many people across the country, it is either in decline or holding its own elsewhere.

My fear is that if we don’t promote the heck out of this game now and get people out playing, we’ll start to lose venues and this game will be in real trouble.

I gave up darts in the early ’90s, only returning to it when I found my darts and board in storage in my basement. I propped my board up against the wall and threw a few – and I was hooked all over again. When I went to find a place to play I went back to all my old haunts and got very discouraged very quickly.

Looking at the sad state of local darts a friend of mine approached me about a simple idea – an internet web listing of places where you could play in the city. From that conversation Canada’s largest Darts-only website was born – www.TorontoDarts.com

Since then we have tried a number of things to get people out and playing and get more people into the game, with some success.

We think there’s a formula out there, and we’re ready to share it coast to coast.

The goal of this site is simple: To provide a place to inspire Canadians to get out playing. darts. This site is about starting with simple ideas, adding others to them, and growing this game we all love to play.

This is a very real grassroots attempt at renewing the love Canada has for darts.

Our first step was launching our Facebook page: The Big Push For Darts in Canada.

If you aren’t already a member and you have a Facebook account, please click here to join the group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=119060458114473

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