Naomi makes it sound so easy and has raised the total cost of the expedition- which isn‰’t due until next year! A winning combination of working and fundraising seems to be the way forward, and sounds like Noami‰’s mum may have super powers. Great team effort guys!

£4000 raised in 362 days, yolo!

When my mum transferred the deposit for my Borneo 2016 trip on October 16th 2014 we knew that the entire trip would have to be fully funded by fundraising events – we didn’t have £4000 hiding under the mattress. To add to the fundraising fun, it would all have to be done on my own as I was the only year 10 who signed up for the trip from my school, yikes!

We immediately wrote sponsorship letters, mum wrote a proper blurb and in every envelope I added a handwritten letter. Then Christmas events were organised – carol singing and bag packing. I wrote an advert in the village magazine about dog walking and now enjoy walking Rosie when her mum and dad are too busy. A friend of mum heard about our fundraising and asked if we could help host her 50th wedding anniversary party for a contribution to the fund, that was a fun but exhausting 4 hours. In time for the first payment we also had a Valentines cake stall. First payment successfully made, what next? Mum got busy organising several events for the spring and early summer – a traditional horse race event with wooden horses on string, a bingo night and she coordinated the village table top sale.

Combination of these three raised what we needed for the August payment and a significant contribution towards the final May 2016 payment. With that payment made, we allowed ourselves a month off and enjoyed a summer holiday. Our final events were a crowdfunding campaign, which was great for reaching out to friends and family who lived too far away to attend our events, and a restaurant takeover. All the while, I was providing funds where I could from Christmas and birthday money, babysitting, and offering some of my wages from my paper round and wages being a kitchen porter at the local pub. All the fundraising had been so successful that we realised the restaurant takeover would be our final event, and a sociable way to say thank you to everyone who had helped us so far. It was amazing to think we had actually succeeded, with both our efforts we had raised the whole amount. On October 13th Mum made the final payment, balance owed was zero – ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

 

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 fundraising@campsinternational.com, 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,                    

Rach