Lottie is well into her fundraising journey and full of wonderful ideas! Well done Lottie for getting off to such a great start, its always a little bit daunting at first but finding the best and most useful resources around you will get you going easy! With all of her plans for the future she will be a fundraising pro by the time she gets on that plane to Ecuador! Great job Lottie!!

My name is Lottie and I am travelling to Ecuador in July 2017, and I think it is safe to say I am very excited.

When I first heard about the trip I was over the moon after not being able to go on my schools last Camps International trip to Tanzania because I was only in year 9. That day I remember coming home and gushing about it to everyone that would listen and told my parents that they had to come along to the parents evening. After going to this evening I think I am most excited about the project work and going to the Galapagos Island as the wildlife looks so beautiful. I am looking forward to making many memories and life experiences that I will be able to hold onto forever as well as helping the local community to benefit.

I have only known about this trip since January and finally persuaded my parents to sign me up in the middle of February. So this was my first fundraising event. I decided I wanted to organise an Easter egg hunt at my first school, so set about contacting them and they couldn’t have been more helpful. The receptionist at the school even remembered my name even though it had been 7 years! As soon as I got the go ahead I set about designing a poster and A5 flyers, I printed off over 100 of these and put them in all of the pupils book bags, at my local shop and at my mums work. Unknown-1

On the day of the event it was an early start for a day off (8:00) and I went back to my school for the first time. I couldn’t believe how small it felt and how much it had changed. When the time came for people to arrive it was quite empty at first and I remember being worried no-one would turn up. In the end about 25 people came which I was quite pleased with and I made £57 I also had a cake sale whilst I was there and the cakes went down really well. On the table at the start of the egg hunt I had posters about my trip and this proved to be a good talking point and made people donate even more. Overall I was pleased with how the event went and very thankful for the help from my family.Unknown

In the future I plan on doing car boot sales and running a 5/10k as a challenge for myself. I am also working on my parents to let me do a sky dive! As well as these events I am going to hold cake sales at my mums work and I am going to contact the local council about having a stall at the farmers market to sell cakes and biscuits as I really enjoy cooking.

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories! When picking a 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) 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 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.

See ya next Friday!

Meg 😀