So Lauren is off exploring our Camps in Cambodia this week, and the rest of the Operations Team are exploring our Camps around the world…so keep an eye out for when they return :)

Great for me thoush because I really enjoyed this week‰’s entry because her positivity was practically bouncing off the page. If any of you are losing the will with fundraising, this is a great read and I really think that the fact she has been so organised has really paid off. I also love how she took part in a car wash, where some people paid her not to wash their car- brilliant! Come on Harriet, tell us how it‰’s done‰!

‰When I first heard about the expedition through school, I couldn‰’t wait to go along to the meeting to find out more. The trip sounded amazing and I am really looking forward to working in the community and completing the trek. I decided to start my fundraising early as I as was going into Year 11 after the summer holidays and I knew I would need the time to revise for my GCSEs. So as soon as I had signed up for the expedition, I set about organising my first event. My Mum bought me an annual planner which helped me schedule each of my events whilst leaving enough time for planning in between.

My first event was a chocolate tombola which I ran at a local fashion show. For weeks I collected chocolate bars and asked my friends and family to help me. I ended up with around 50 prizes and I raised £175 which was a great start to my fundraising.

Next I wrote to a number of local businesses and asked them if they would sponsor me £50 to have their logo on my t-shirt which I promised to wear at all fundraising events and during my time in Ecuador. I was overwhelmed by the responses I received and this raised a further £650. I keep in touch with all these businesses and share my fundraising photos with them on social media.

At school, five of us who are involved with the Ecuador project, held a car wash for the teachers on one of the teacher training days and we shared the funds raised. Some of the teachers even paid us not to wash their cars!

During the summer holidays, I held an afternoon tea at my house. I invited people to come along for cakes and tea and charged £5.00 per person. I also held a raffle. We had a great day and I managed to raised £324.

My next event will be a curry night at our local Indian restaurant which I am doing with one of my friends who is also going to Ecuador. We have chosen a Monday evening because that‰’s when the restaurant is quiet. They have agreed to provide a two course meal for £10 and allowed us to charge £20, so we make £10 on every ticket sold as well as funds raised on the raffle. We‰’ve sold 60 tickets so far so we are hoping this is going to be a really good event.

Finally, I‰’ve been collecting items of bric ‰and brac from friends and family which I intend to sell at car boot sale soon.

What I would say is, it‰’s hard work and it takes lots of planning but at the same time it has also been great fun and I can‰’t wait for the trip next year. Here‰’s to Ecuador 2016!‰


Awesome! As ever, PLEASE send us over your fundraising story, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories! What we look for when picking a Fundraising Friday Star is 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) But the pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online‰, no fuzzy mugshots! 😉

Please email all entries to, we 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.

Until next Friday,