Happy Friday folks! Have a read through Rohan’s AWESOME fundraising journey so far and be inspired – well done dude!

When I first heard about the expedition to Tanzania in an assembly I knew immediately that I wanted to take part in it. Everything that I heard made me feel that it was the right thing for me to do. I’d never asked my parents to go on any trips prior to this and I was uncertain that we could raise the funds but I was determined to do so. I wondered if I could manage being away from home for 4 weeks and what would I gain from the experience but the more I read and heard about it the more I knew I’d like to be part of it.

My grandmother passed away so my mum asked if I wanted to help sell some of her things to help finance my trip so I helped put items for sale online and did a few car boot sales. But my main fundraising idea came by chance when my mum asked me to paint a picture for her friend’s birthday. The lady was so overwhelmed that she put a post on Facebook and I got loads of requests. Before starting this I liked drawing but hadn’t really tried painting, initially it was trial and error with paint types and experimenting with different techniques. Some commissions proved harder than others and I decided very early on that painting peoples’ pets was incredibly hard and it took several attempts to get right and whilst they seemed to like them it was hard for me to express myself. Another obstacle was in translating what people actually wanted and managing their expectation of what I can produce. It’s always a relief when people like the result.

elephant-for-alli

I’ve set up a Facebook page ‘Art By Rohan’ and have got over 300 followers and my paintings have so far gone to various locations including, Cheshire, Scotland, France and Spain and a lady in the USA wants to display my work in her gallery, logistically this is tricky but it may be something I can do in the future. As I’m studying for my GCSE’s I’m having to juggle studying with painting so have had to slow down a bit. To date I have raised £1700 mostly through my painting.

I’m displaying my artwork in a local pub shortly and we want to hold a quiz night where my work will be on display so people can purchase the ones I’ve produced to date. My ultimate aim is to raise enough funds so that I can take produce prints/ or perhaps T shirts of my artwork to give to the children I meet on my trip to Tanzania.

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 :)