It’s now been 4 months since returning from my Kilimanjaro climb and I still think about this amazing experience every day. Not only was it a huge personal achievement to climb one of the world’s great mountains, but also the amount of money raised will be able to help support the improve lives of vendors in the area I work.
It hasn’t been easy and it took 9 months of dedication and hard work to reach my fundraising target; however, I want to be able to share my experience of fundraising and help support and inspire others who are taking on fundraising events and challenges or looking to do so.
The fundraising I undertook was quite diverse and I will share with you my top 10 tips below:
1.Start with friends, family, work colleagues and those who know you. This is a good starting point as it’s easier to ask those who know you for support and it’s a good way to initially start to build up cash towards your event.
2: Bake sales – everyone loves bake sales especially on a Friday when diets become more relaxed and people are in the weekend mood or just after payday. I have to admit my skills do not lie in baking cakes so stick to easy to make cakes (rice crispy cakes), ask people you know who are good at baking whether they can make some cakes for you, approach local cafes for cakes to donate and also approach local supermarkets community champions to see if they can supply some baked goods for you.
3. Ask local businesses for support. I was lucky enough to be sponsored by Elite Health foods who put up a collection pot in their shop, had their name and logo printed on my training tops, attended my fundraising events and provided me discounted protein and health foods to take on my climb. In return I posted about their business on social media and in publications to the press.
4. Pub quizzes – this event was hugely popular and an event that people all had interest in attending. A local pub agreed to host the quiz, prizes were gifted from local businesses and a raffle also took place which helped raise money.