Happy Friday! Check out this weeks Fundraising Star, Ben! Ben is working super hard on his fundraising, his journey has not long begun but he is off to the most fantastic start. Well done Ben, you are an inspiration! Have a read folks…

My name is Benjamin Jordan and I am 14 years old…

When I first heard about the expedition I was thrilled to be offered to go on this once in a lifetime opportunity to help the community in Kenya by offering my services. The nervousness kicked in when I found out I had to fundraise it all. I asked myself if it was achievable and I felt it would broaden my horizons for the future and somewhat educate me to different cultures. To be honest, it already has helped me with my vocal presentation and confidence.

To raise my first amount I went around a few shops in my local town and I approached a few businesses that we use as a family and asked if they would sponsor t-shirt. Obviously, I had prepared a poster detailing my expedition and its purpose and how I would help the local community. But don’t worry my initial approach was a hugely nerve-racking and the speech I had prepared came out all wrong needless to say I didn’t get that first sponsor. But don’t let this deter you… As after 4 following appointments (FX Hair, Trailfrance Holidays, JDL Accountants, Vie Aesthetics) I have raised £550 and I’m looking to approach another company in the next few weeks.

I created a Facebook page where I could publicise my events – https://www.facebook.com/CampKenyaExpedition2018/ 

I joined ‘Easyfundraising’ and promoted it just before Christmas so people could buy their Christmas shopping through this browser add-on and donations went to my fund, I have raised so far £18.46p.

I set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ account where I could receive any donations and publicise all of this on my Facebook page so people could link straight to the donation page, using this site I raised £160.00p.

I am a musician and I am in the stages of writing a song about my forthcoming adventure with Camps International. My brother (Toby) and my bud Ben in our band (baVard) have also been doing busking in Southend on sea high street to raise funds, and we raised £185.00p.

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I do Zumba and I told my class about what I was going to be doing… One of the members had mince pie sale and the proceeds of £21.00p was donated to me.

I had some business cards printed through Vistaprint for free, I just had to pay the postage and packing fee.

I have a paper round so at Christmas I stuck a business card inside a Christmas card and gave them to all my customers and raised £100.00p for my fund.

My next fundraising events I am planning are the London to Brighton and the London to Southend cycle and they are both around 70km cycles each. I’m doing this with my family.

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I am also planning to do charity bag packing with some friends at Morrison’s where we are just going to pack the customer’s bags and we are going to have a bucket at the end of the till. My band ‘baVard’ been booked for a gig in Durham, a summer barbeque, and all the admission fees will be donated to my fund too. I have planned to climb Mt Snowdon where I will be raising sponsorship also.

Awesome work Ben!

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories. When sending in your Fundraising Friday Star please tell us what you felt when you first heard about the expedition, a few paragraphs about what you have been up to so far for your fundraising, any future fundraising plans and some pictures of your fundraising. LOTS of pictures! (pleeeeeease) The pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online… no fuzzy mugshots!

Click here to submit your entry today, I can’t wait to hear from you all. Remember, every Fundraising Friday Star will win a FREE HEAD TORCH.

If you win, you will automatically be put into a draw to win an even bigger prize… every quarter we will choose one Fundraising Friday Star to win A FREE RUCKSACK, SLEEPING BAG LINER, TRAVEL TOWEL AND WATER BOTTLE! Which means less kit you’ll have to buy.

Peace out!

Meg 😀