IT’S FRIDAY…

and I’ve most definitely got that friday feeling going on!

As some of you may have seen already, it is Kenya week on Instagram this week (http://instagram.com/), so I thought it would only be fitting to have a Fundraising Friday Star who is going to Kenya this summer!

However, I could never in my wildest dreams have found someone so enthusiastic about their fundraising and their expedition, as Lochlan!

I adore this story, even the part about his mum’s shoes(!), and I am so happy that Lochlan sent it over to me. I’ll leave the rest up to him to tell you…

I remember the day I heard about the trip at school. It sounded amazing, but I was not sure if it would be achievable and how my parent‰’s would feel about the idea.

I already knew that I had the travelling bug, as earlier that year I went to Morocco with the school.

When the evening arrived, my mum & I went along to the induction meeting. I think she was more excited than me she was so embarrassing, she met me at school in odd coloured shoes!! That night, after the meeting, I made a list of fundraising ideas because I would have to fund this trip myself. It looked like a hard task and I decided to start small.

My first activity was a cake sale, where I charged £3 per cake. From this I made £147 & it was all profit, because the cake was donated by a family friend.

The winner of the cake donated the cake back to me as he doesn‰’t like chocolate & only purchased a ticket to support me, so I decided to donate the cake to Little Havens Children‰’s Hospice & I got a lovely letter of thanks from them ‰apparently the terminally ill children & their families really appreciated my kind gesture, so two good things came from this fund raising event.

My second fundraiser was my curry night, where we took over part of a restaurant. This was relatively easy to plan and the Indian restaurant gave us a set price for their menu & we added a little bit extra to the cost but kept the cost of the ticket under the usual price as an incentive to come to the curry night. We had some fantastic raffle prizes donated, the evening was a great success & we raised £498.00

We tried to have stuff planned for every month & I had a deadline of February, for when we wanted everything paid by, as I am in my GCSE year. Each fundraiser that I planned, however small, helped me to achieve my goals.

I utilised Christmas and ran a prize draw. This raised the sum of £528. I also bag packed in Iceland with family & friends helping me & over two days we raised £601.32! I was absolutely staggered by the local community as I know that times are hard after Christmas.

I also approached the local rotary club, who very kindly donated a contribution of £200 & I will be giving them a presentation upon my return from Kenya.

Through doing my paper round, quiz night, boot sales, odd jobs, washing up in a food restaurant , cake sales, family & website donations & working at a burger van I was able to raise the balance of money needed in 6 months!! This was made possible by a fantastic support network of family & friends.

I was so excited to find that I had raised the full amount by December 30th, however I had to wait till Camps International reopened in the new year.

I had such good feedback from the quiz night, I had arranged another one for January 31st not realising that I had raised all of the funds already! All money raised on this quiz night, will be spent on kit & inoculations.

My advice to anyone is to have a plan of action, set many goals & believe in yourself ‰it IS possible. Most of all, have FUN ‰as this is the start of your Camps International adventure.

I love this, and I love Lochlan’s story so much! Well done Lochlan, it’s obvious you are working really hard for this and I love your advice, really helpful for anyone who is struggling to fundraise or find the motivation for their fundraising!

I must say though, you have ruined my January diet with the picture of that delicious cake! I need one in my life, off to the shops I go! But before I do, don’t forget that I love to hear all your fundraising stories, so please continue to send them to me!

Please email all entries to sophie.cohen@campsinternational.co.uk, I can‰Ûªt 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.