I have recently been extremely excited because I found out that I will be able to take part in a once in a lifetime trip with my school in the summer of 2016. I have always wanted to fly out to a developing country and help build a well or help with the community ever since I can remember and our school have arranged a trip to allow me to do just that – and more!!
We will be going to Borneo in South East Asia and spend 5 days with a community helping out, rebuilding weak buildings, helping the local children and playing them also, as well as climbing the mighty Mount Kinabalu the highest peak in South East Asia which I am extremely excited about as we get to the summit when the sun is rising so it will be one of the most beautiful things I will ever see!! On top of that on our itinerary is trekking in the jungle and staying on the TAR islands. This is seriously the trip of a lifetime and I am so lucky that I have the chance to participate.
The only problem is the cost – £3000. It would be cruel to ask my parents to give me this amount of money so I have decided that I will raise the money to go all by myself. That is where I need ideas! I have a part time job collecting children from school and looking after them however this money will definitely not meet the amount that i need to raise in 16 months, I won’t even raise half of the amount from that job!!
When I go to Borneo I think I will enjoy the experience much more if I have earned and raised the money to go rather than just receiving it from my parents like some people are, so I will need to fundraise. (Something I have never done before in my life!) If i am totally honest – I am really stuck for ideas. Fundraising is really difficult to pull off and I am worried that I won’t be able to raise the money and I don’t want my parents to have to bail me out and pay the funds after I have said that I will raise the money myself. I think that I will try and hold a bake saleat my church and possible hold a raffle at school or something but we have a lot of people all trying to raise the money to go so fundraising at school isn’t that easy!! Fundraising is much harder than I first thought.
Crowdfunding has also come into my consideration because I think it will be very difficult to raise the whole amount through fundraising – however I really don’t understand how crowdfunding works and I am not sure if it is something to be used for projects such as mine. I don’t even know how to get myself involved with sites such as indiegogo and even then I am not sure if it would be reliable because if I didn’t reach the goal I wouldn’t receive any of the money pledged!
I have some money in savings which I would be happy to put towards it and I was also thinking of washing the teachers cars at school. At the moment it is very early days and I really need to work out what I can do in order to achieve my very hard goal – I really hope I will be able to raise the money as I think it will make me appreciate things more and make me a better person from it.
If anybody has any fundraising experience or has any ideas to raise money I would be very grateful.
I’m off, Beth x