THE STORY: The rules were simple,
- Successfully busk at 100 Train stations by getting at least two donations (of 5 cents or more) at each location.
- No busking method could be used for more than 10 stations, which meant that if any of us did actually have talent we couldn’t just do that one thing the whole time.
- Successfully busking from a police officer was worth 10 Stations.
Two teams, One Hundred Stations, Zero talent!
Invited by my friend Matt Hill to join Team Melbourne we would be racing against Dan Rule and Liz Hand from Sydney. And so it began; four virgin buskers started inventing ways to extract money from complete strangers. What we lacked in talent we made up for in creativity, coming up with all sorts of busking ideas.
This worked so well that we even managed to convince one guy to throw his coins to us as his train pulled up to the station. He almost backed out as the train arrived at his platform but then we spotted each other. While I could no longer shout to him my eyes told him, “Do it”. With that, a handful of coins came sailing over, some safely into the Frisbee, others landing on the platform and still others lost forever on the tracks below.
Despite taking a month to complete, making fools of ourselves and losing to the team from Sydney by three stations, this was such a rewarding challenge. We got to meet some really friendly and interesting people, bring a smile to those around us, have some fun with complete strangers, try something new and raise money for a good cause.
THE EVENT: Work with a mate to successfully busk at 100 Railway Stations
- To buy as many goats as possible through World Vision
- To meet new people, try new things and learn new skills
- To bring smiles to those around us
- To stretch and challenge yourself
- Just Cause’