Yahoo! Go India! India is off to Tanzania next year and her fundraising journey has got off to a GREAT start! India has managed to get herself a job and fundraise at the same time, what a fantastic effort! Lots of cake and lots of fun with the help of her family and friends, India is well on her way to raising all that she needs and more! I loved reading India’s journey so far and I am sure you will too. ….

Hi, my name is India and I am partaking in the 2017 summer trip to Tanzania.

When I first heard about the possibility to not only spend 4 weeks in Africa, but to help improve the lives of locals whilst being submerged in a culture I’m foreign to, I was beyond excited. I ran to the car to tell my mum about the opportunity – without her support I doubt I would have had the motivation to continue at the speed I have. I remember seeing photo’s captured by a friend in the year above who attended the Summer trip to Borneo, 2016, and the photos she took of her three-peak fundraiser inspired me tremendously.

I thought in terms of fundraising that I would start my fundraising by doing a few cake sales at school, and my teachers could not have helped me anymore than they did. My grandma supplied the cakes sold, and I managed to generate £204 plus the odd coppers from the two I managed to squeeze in around exam prep.image1

However, the part I enjoy most out of all my fundraising is my job. Finding out about the trip mid December seemed to be enough motivation to get myself out there and look for a job – I am now a Game Runner at Delta Force Paintballing, Wakefield. I have worked there for almost 7 months now and I started on January 2nd. While I enjoy working there, the most beneficial thing for me is the training I get. If you asked me 9 months ago to do 9+ hours labour intensive work I couldn’t; now it’s a different story and with each shift I work, the more excited I get knowing it’s one more shift closer to getting were I want to be – Tanzania.image2

I know I certainly could not have achieved what I have without the support of my family, my friends (who probably ate most of the cakes) and my co-workers at Delta Force for keeping me motivated and reminding me that it will all pay off.

However, after seeing my friend complete the three-peak challenge, it has inspired me to aim high and complete a sky dive in September as my main fundraising event. As well as sponsors from Unison and other well known companies, I also plan to hold regular car boot sales to help keep on top of things.

I cannot wait to visit Tanzania, as its the opportunity of a life time, one I’m grateful to have been given.

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 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.

Peace out!

Meg 😀