Here is another fantastic Fundraising Friday Star! Orla! What a great example of hard work pays off! If you are feeling de-motived and not sure you can make it, have a read through this and you’ll soon realise you totally can! All you need is positivity and determination, you’ll be on that plane in no time! Enjoy!

When I first heard about the expedition I thought it sounded like a once in a lifetime experience and wanted to know more. I went to a meeting held in my school and hearing about it made me want to go even more. The work that the teams will be doing sounded brilliant and really rewarding.

To raise my first amount I did a coffee morning at a local club in May this year and managed to raise £2050!! I began planning 4 weeks in advance as it takes a lot to organise. I went to local bakeries and shops to ask if they would like to make a few donations and many kindly agreed. I explained to them all that we would be doing in Kenya and what the money was going towards. As well as that, I asked many family members and friends to bake and the kitchen was fit to burst with food! I was so shocked that one event could raise that much!

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I have also been doing other things like organising non uniform days in schools. I got in touch with some local schools and they had their non uniform days in April which altogether raised £425. The kids were brilliant and were really interested in Kenya and the Primary 2s and 3s are even studying Kenya in class. Next I am planning to do some bag packs at my local supermarkets, and maybe also hold a quiz night with my other team members.

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I would recommend a coffee morning to anyone who is struggling with fundraising ideas. You cant go wrong with coffee and a bun!

Orla.

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories. When sending in your 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) The pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online… no fuzzy mugshots!

Click here to submit your entry today, I 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