Fundraising – the real mountain to climb!

I found out this week that 2 of the team have dropped out of the Kilimanjaro trek. To the best of my knowledge its nothing to do with their enthusiasm for the adventure or their fitness levels, but to do with the fundraising.

I think we would all agree that £3750 is a lot of money to raise.

This kind of fundraising needs a serious approach, innovative fundraising ideas and much planning. It also needs the neck to be able to ask people to help you, by donating their time or their money.

My first question to the regional fundraiser, Nicole, when I was considering this challenge was ‘How much does it actually cost for the charity to send me up Kilimanjaro?’

I figured it was a bit cheeky to ask people to actually cover the cost of the trip and pay for me to have the experience of a lifetime. So, I am covering that bit myself with a donation from my own company, my own money and some support from other local businesses that have been kind enough to help me. More about them later!

Sparks are a children’s charity and it would be wonderful to exceed the target I have been set and raise much needed funds for them. The money raised goes towards much needed research into illnesses affecting children, treatment and supporting the children’s families throughout.

So, going forward I have a 3 pronged attack in terms of the sponsorship:-

1. Blatantly ask people to sponsor me.
2. Nag the people that said they would sponsor but havent got round to it yet…..until they do!
3. Organise some events!

In terms of events, so far I have been involved in some bag packing at the local supermarket and arranged a charity ‘military fitness’ style training session.

The military fitness was a real hit and I was thrilled when 30 willing recruits (aka friends, social media buddies, colleagues etc) turned up to be put through their paces by HM Forces personal training instructors. It was hard work, I could tell looking at my friends during the warm up (some of them would use the word ‘hell’ as opposed to ‘warm up’) that some of them were going to be having words with me afterwards. Some were not so happy about moving and shifting rocket launchers, tyres and other bits of kit around the fields in Topsham – but we finished without any casualties and a good time was had by all.

Forthcoming events include another military fitness training session (due to popular demand!) a beauty evening where a qualified therapist/friend will be giving facials/massages and a tea dance that my Mum is arranging within the local community. Live music, a dance instructor to guide everyone through the moves, cream tea and a raffle – its going to be fun if you fancy joining us at 4pm on the 13 November in Exmouth, Devon!

My Mum is terrified about standing up in front of the congregation at her local church on Sunday to publicise the event and approach people to come along. She is doing all this for me. I am blown away. She text me earlier today to say she had sold her first 3 tickets. Go Mum – you rock!

The fundraising has been a brilliant experience so far, not only is it fun and rewarding but its also brought me into contact with people that I may not have spoken to otherwise.

I have been amazed by the generosity of both real life and social media friends, so kind and generous. Many of you will be reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity overwhelms me.

I still have a long way to go.

Some rough calculations at my desk this afternoon mean that I believe I am about half way towards my fundraising total.

This is for a really good cause, can you help me to help Sparks help the children….? Some fundraising ideas, attending an event or maybe a donation?

Until next time…..
Sarah x


About sarknight

Director of a regional recruitment agency and passionate about my industry, local business and my work. Mother to 2 amazing children who inspire me on a daily basis to not only aim high, but to enjoy the little things in life too. I have a 'yes man' attitude to life and adventures, I love life and try to make the most of every moment and encourage others to do the same. I like to think I tread the fine line between exercise addiction and fun lover/party lifestyle fairly well. This blog will be about me and my preparation to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2011 - and whatever else I feel like sharing with you....!
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2 Responses to Fundraising – the real mountain to climb!

  1. Sarah,

    Having gone throught this whole exercise over the last year for the bungee jump we did off the Verzasca Dam for charity, I can certainly echo that it is not an easy task!

    I like the variety of the ways you are trying to raise awareness (and subsequently cold hard cash!), but for me the message would be consistency. It can sound a little mercenary, but we made sure that everyone knew about it.
    Have you got it on your email signature yet? Have you got Moo Cards (that was Sara’s genius idea that was excellent) made up with your challenge website and Just Giving URL on, to give to everyone you meet? Have you made any video’s yet?
    These are three ways that help alot and can start conversations very easily that can lead to donations.

    Good luck 🙂
    Andy & Sara

  2. sarknight says:

    Thanks Andy, your help and guidance are always appreciated!

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