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If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved in raising money for charity, then the English Speaking Cancer Association has just come up with a great idea!

Rather than organizing a single event to raise funds, they are inviting the public to organize their own parties, all on the same day: 5th May, or Cinco de Mayo as they say in Spanish.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual festival in the US, originally commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on 5 May 1862. Now a relatively minor festival in Mexico, it has gained a significant following in the US, evolving into a celebration of Mexican-American culture and heritage.

With this in mind, ESCA is inviting the public to get out their sombreros, buy in the tacos and tortillas, and put on their pointy dancing boots to organize a series of Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta theme parties, the likes of which Switzerland has never seen before!

To make the task easier for you, the association has provided a handy guide that will help you through the process of inviting friends and, of course, raising money: all donations from your Fiesta will enable ESCA to carry on providing emotional support and practical help to all those affected by cancer in this region – free of charge.

Handy Cinco de Mayo Fiesta guide

Before you do anything, don't forget to register your event with Melania, ESCA’s Fundraising and Events Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let her know you’re planning a Fiesta on May 5th!

1. Invite your friends!

Consider inviting friends who are not already members of ESCA.  This is an awareness fundraiser, with the aim of bringing attention to ESCA as well as asking for donations.

Click here for a pre-prepared invitation:  Set the right mood for your Cinco de Mayo party before it even starts by sending out this Mexican-themed party invitation by email.  Be sure to write the location of the Fiesta and the time of your party on the email itself.

2. Ask for money

It’s simple. Just ask your guests to make a donation for the Fiesta party. You can also have a lot of FUN raising money with competitions and raffles.

3. Make it look festive

The colors of the Mexican flag (red, white and green), are good choices for your decorations. Think about stringing up some chili peppers to add a festive touch to your party!  Place green limes in a glass vase full of water and place a floating candle on the top!  Make a cactus using a cucumber, pickles and a pineapple!  Make watermelon wedges on a stick! Click here for pictures.

Thank your guests for their support and donations with this printable A4 poster.

4. Music is a must!

Mariachi music or other popular Mexican music will help set the tone of your fiesta.

5. Serve Mexican food and drinks!

Whether you’re new to Mexican cuisine or not try some of our favorite Mexican recipes for Chili, Guacamole, Nachos, and Salsa. Click here!

Margaritas and beer are Mexican drinks that you may want to have on hand for your party. Here’s a popular alcoholic Margarita recipe for adults: Three equal parts: Tequila, Rose’s Lime juice, Cointreau (or equivalent).  Serve over plenty of crushed ice or dilute with lemonade!

Click here for non-alcoholic drinks recipes.

6. Activities

FUNdraising game ideas and children’s activities. No Mexican Fiesta is complete without a piñata. You can even make one yourself.

7. Take pictures

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your FUN photos and they’ll showcase your Fiesta online!

Have FUN and Happy Cinco de Mayo!


English Speaking Cancer Association
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta
5 May 2018
022 791 6305
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