Happy Friday Guys! Check out this weeks STAR, Molly! Wahoooooooo…

At the beginning I did smaller fundraising tasks as I was going through GCSEs so my main focus was on the exams, my friend and I washed teachers cars and I babysat whilst revising for exams. We came up with lots of ideas to do later in the year when my schedule was a little less busy and started to put them into place. I got myself a new job and began earning some extra money which I would put towards the expedition if needed. As the first things I did were smaller ‘events’ I didn’t face many obstacles (especially as teachers cars were very dirty so NEEDED cleaning!) I was looking forward to planning more into my bigger events that would raise a little extra money later in the year.

car washing

Recently I have been busy fundraising taking part and running many events such as:
– A game and stall at my local town’s Summer fayre
– A book stall at my first schools Christmas fayre
– Babysitting
– Supermarket bag packs

My most recent successful fundraising event was a Quiz Night in January held at my school run by myself and two friends. We had been planning the quiz for a while knowing it could raise a lot of money but were astonished when we raised over £1200 between us! The school were very kind in allowing us to use all their facilities such as the hall and its tables chairs, microphones etc and my dad made a delicious chilli which everyone came back for seconds (or even thirds!) We had about 30 prizes and around 80 members of the general public and teachers came to enjoy the night with us. It was an amazing night which was enjoyable to run as well as a financially successful evening. My Christmas presents consisted of equipment for Peru such as a sleeping bag and with jabs it has started to feel real now, everyday getting closer to the leaving date!

19th quiz pic

Due to the success of the last quiz I ran along with my two friends I am currently planning another in March in my local town where I hope it will be just as successful and fun. The teachers travelling with us have run group walks to help us get fitter and more sociable as we have a range of year groups on the trip. As a group we are also at the moment auctioning off a 2005 signed Ashes official top which will pay for the cost of the coach to and from the airport (and any left over as tips for the guides!) This way we are hoping to get to know each other more before the expedition as a month is a long time with people you don’t know!

My most exciting and challenging fundraising adventure is a 125 mile bike ride from Poole to Pontypool in Wales. I am a triathlete and usually cycle 60+ miles a week but 125 miles in one day is going to be a humongous challenge! I am really looking forward to it and currently training at the moment but am also very nervous because of the great distance. I am hoping people will get behind me and I can gain my last final chunk of money from donations and possibly even sponsors so am trying to email companies asking if they would like to sponsor me.

cycle picture

The journey I’ve been on so far has been incredible. I have had a few rocky moments but the thought of the wonderful expedition really excites me. If I were to give some advice to anyone worried about fundraising I would say, yes its hard work and yes its challenging but its so rewarding when you know you’ve done a good job and you and the people around you are enjoying yourselves. Don’t be afraid to ask because if you don’t ask you don’t get! Good Luck! :)

 

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.

Have a great weekend! 

Meg 😀