Me again today – though credit must go to our Fundraising Guru Lauren for talking to Tara and getting this story….over to them!

At 5‰”2 tall (and a half, I hasten to add) I can safely say I do not belong on the cat walk. Not to mention the fact I would almost definitely fall over and that the last time I attempted to walk in heels I somehow managed to get my shoe wedged in a drain – don‰’t ask! Thankfully for Tara I was not there to lend a ‰helping‰ hand when she held her fashion show fundraiser which, I‰’m sure you will agree, was a complete success by the sounds of it! Getting the word out and selling tickets is half the battle and Tara clearly put in a lot of effort to make this happen. Ladies and gents, please read on to hear from the lady herself‰!

Hi my name is Tara and I first heard about Borneo through my school. At first I was reluctant to sign up as it was a big commitment and none of my close friends were going but eventually I decided to go for it because I felt like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I could make friends along the way.

I found out about the company that do these fundraising fashion shows through my mum going to one last winter, she recommended it to me and I decided to organise one to fundraise for Borneo since I hadn’t done any fundraising yet.

I would say the hardest part was selling the tickets since the show was for older ladies and I’m 15 but a lot of family friends were willing to help and bought tickets since my mum was in hospital over this period and was unable to help me. I charged £5 for each ticket and that got you free coffee and cake and we also did a raffle on the night. It was a big success, about 55 people came and we managed to raise £325 altogether and an extra £30 from selling leftover cake at school the next day! I would highly recommend the company ‘colours’ that did the actual fashion show to anyone looking to hold a fundraiser night, they were really helpful and said they would love to come back and do another in winter and hopefully I can make that one even better.

I’ve recently done a sponsored 3 hour fitness session and my school has organised a sponsored abseil in October which I’m looking forward to doing.


What a great way to kick start your fundraising journey – such an enjoyable event too!! Keep sending those stories in as not only are you in with the chance of winning a head torch but it also really does brighten our day.

Please include a few sentences about how you heard about the expedition, a few paragraphs detailing what you have done so far in order to raise the funds as well as anything that you have up your sleeve for the future. We also would like‰ pictures, pictures and more pictures! Make sure these are of high quality so we can include these on our website and also so everyone can see with their own eyes how well you are doing!

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.