The Squadron Sponsoring Committee’s main responsibility is to raise and administer funds to assist in the operation of the squadron. Most of the significant cost needed to run the squadron is provided through the fundraising efforts of the SSC. The following are some of the specific activities we undertake to achieve our revenue goals:
- Tagging: Twice a year the SSC runs a tagging fundraising event in the Oakville area. This is a mandatory activity for all cadets and serves as our primary fundraiser. Cadets go out into the community over four days and solicit cash contributions from the public. This aims to raise awareness of the Air Cadet program as well as to engage community support.
- Lottery: The Air Cadet League sponsors a lottery raffle every Spring for valuable cash prizes and new vehicles. The funds raised go directly towards the costs of operating the 60+ aircraft fleet used for air cadet glider training. All cadet squadrons participate in ticket sales and as incentive, they receive back a portion of the funds they raise to help support specific squadron activities. Cadets are asked to sell lottery tickets from September to December to family, friends, neighbours etc. and the prize draw takes place during the following April.
- Meat Fundraiser: At 540 squadron we have an annual meat fundraiser event in partnership with North Country, a reputable meat and seafood vendor with excellent quality products. The squadron receives a commission based on the number of boxes of meat and/or seafood sold. This is an effective and efficient way to raise funds while providing a great service to busy cadet families. The money raised goes directly to supporting the squadron budget.
- Golf Tournament: We host an annual golf tournament at a local course every June. The 9-holes are sponsored by corporate sponsors and funds are also raised through ticket sales. If you are interested in golfing for a great cause, or to help out with running this event, feel free to contact [email protected]
Our fundraising sub-committee is always looking for new and creative ways of approaching local government, businesses and service groups for financial assistance. We are open to hearing from you about any donation/sponsorship opportunities that you may know about. These can be money as well as goods or services donations (e.g. food for various events, space for activities, gift baskets for raffles etc.) Please contact [email protected] for any questions.