When I first heard about the expedition to Costa Rica I just knew I had to go!! The fundraising side of the trip was very daunting initially but I got on with it straight away to get ahead of myself. I wanted to help make a difference to people’s lives less fortunate myself and give back a little. I also wanted to travel and broaden my horizons and this seems a good way of traveling and exploring with travelers around my age group . I am very excited now as it’s only a few months till we go !
One of my favourite fundraising events was when I came up with the idea of hosting a dining evening… this soon progressed after I’d run the idea past my family and friends… and so we came up with a Mexican fiesta evening. We hired the local rugby club and made an event on Facebook with friends and family …. we sold tickets and all 50 went in a day . Then the hard work began … with the help of my mum who loves cooking , we concocted a delicious 3 course Mexican meal. I roped in an aunt and uncle to devise a small quiz & fancy dress was optional. We used the sound system in the rugby club to serenade our diners and 5 of my girlfriends waitressed with me while my mum and 14 year old brother were hard at it in the kitchen. The evening was a huge success; financially for me and was a great success with everyone who came. They thanked us all and asked when the next one was! Everyone enjoyed the food, ambience and the entertainment and the costumes and outfits were amazing that people wore. That night was the most amazing fun and with the help of family, friends and friends of friends and their generosity contributed £1,300.00 towards my £4k target with tickets sales, raffle and a few very generous donations .
Recently I held another dining evening. This time an Italian theme similar to the Mexican evening as that was such a success. I also have raffled a £50 luxury hamper at Christmas that I made up myself, a sponsored cycle ride, a coffee morning and so far I have just £80 left until I reach my target!
My fundraising journey has been daunting initially, then exciting and lots of fun and now suddenly it’s becoming very real that my expedition isn’t very far away now .
My last bit of fundraising will probably be a coffee morning as I do make a fairly good cake and it would be lovely to see lots of the people who gave and supported me along the way. I feel very grateful.
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