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So me and a few of my friends are thinking about organizing a rather large and ambitious charitable event. The basic outline of which would involve a drive-a-thon, similar in nature to a walk-a-thon only in cars. The basic idea is to drive from San Francisco to New York City over the course a week or so, making stops along the way to pick up new drivers and get more donations. The basic catch is "Drive for Japan" in which people who own Japanese (or whatever really) cars would drive to help support the relief effort in Japan.
So, I got the basic outline of what I want to do, the drive is roughly 2,900 miles and if figure if we drive 7 hours a day we could make it in 7 days. I was planning on promoting this on Japanese car forums to drum up donations and drivers willing to help. One of my friends seems to think it would be a good idea to try and get a Japanese car manufacturer to sponsor the even in way of letting us stop at local dealerships along the route and use those as meeting points for more drivers and perhaps matching donations. Someone also had the idea of having someone from the Red Cross meet us in NYC to collect the donations when we arrive.
Now, where we need help is how would we even approach the car manufacturers? Would they even be receptive? Same for the Red Cross, should I contact them first and get them on board then contact the automobile manufacturers? How would we collect the donations? I was thinking setting up a paypal or something but that seems a little shady. Should I write up a waiver for the drivers so I don't get sued assuming they crash or damage their cars?
There are so many things to get organized and I've never do anything like this so any questions, comments or ideas would be super helpful.