Now this is a success story – not only has Ross been through his fundraising journey once and completed his expedition in 2017 – but he has signed up again for their next expedition and is nearly at the £3000 mark after only joining in November!

This will be my second expedition to Camp Kenya! I traveled to Kenya with my school in 2017 which I absolutely loved! When it was announced that they would be running a second expedition I immediately wanted to sign up. The memories of my time in Kenya in 2017 came flooding back. The people I met and worked with, the projects I worked on, and the challenges that I faced. I couldn’t contain my excitement! I told my parents that I would like to go back and I would try to raise the total cost on my own since they assisted me for the last trip. Thankfully they agreed! :)

I am lucky enough to be a creative person and make complex origami sculptures, and also hand-crafted, faux leather goods. This seemed a perfect opportunity and i had done something similar for my previous expedition. Usually, when I sell these items I donate a proportion of the profits to charity, however, I decided to put all profits towards my next expedition. As Christmas was right around the corner, i managed to secure a stall at a few school Christmas fayres at which i raised around £250. I also sold some leather goods to teachers and friends as Christmas gifts, by doing this I also raised around £150. The main obstacle I came across was keeping up with demand and finding time to build stock as they were so popular among customers. During the last 2 months, I have also had stalls at school events and also at the local Gala Day.img_5015

I recently hosted a Race night with a fellow member of the expedition crew from my school, which was a great success. This was organised with the help of both sets of parents who managed to sell races and horses to friends, family, and colleagues. We also managed to secure some raffle prizes from a few local businesses including a car service, car valet, and full boiler service, plus many more! We were given a local hall free of charge to hold the event, as well as a race-host, and DJ, who generously donated his time and use of equipment for free also. the total funds raised from this event was an incredible £1,900 between us, which gave us £950 each! I am determined to raise the full amount and am confident i will succeed in this goal. How do i feel about the expedition? I cant believe I have to wait another year for it!!image1

In a few weeks time, I will be selling more origami at a Care Home in a different area therefore, this will be a new group of people who will not have supported me in the past, or seen any of my creations. I also have an order book with quite a number of unique challenges for origami. My intention is to have one final fundraiser to raise the remainder of my total. This is likely to be something   a little different with more of an adrenaline rush! My total raised since signing up in November is a whopping £2800, and I still have almost a year to go!

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We love to hear from you about your fundraising and if you would like to enter, please click on the link below and fill in your details: http://campsinternational.com/fundraising-friday-star/

We are sending out thank you prizes to those that get published too – currently it is a piece of kit from the kit list!