This post is going to be completely different from any that I have posted before, so if you were hoping for a poem or thought, sorry about that.
Instead today I am talking about the beginning of a fundraising journey. In a year and a half, I will be heading off to the other side of the world to China to teach English for a charitable organisation called Project Trust. I will be living as part of a Chinese community for a whole year before I go to university to study languages, but obviously to embark on such incredible opportunities is not free-I have to raise the rather large sum of £5400 (don’t worry, i’m not here to beg for donations). So i thought “why don’t I start occasionally writing about my fundraising on my blog?” so now here is my first fundraising post.
The first thing i’m doing is perhaps going to be the most stressful of all-writing to charitable trusts to ask for donations towards my project. The first problem with this, is that although I will be a volunteer for an organisation, I am fundraising for myself and not the organisation, making me appear to be an individual. Trusts really don’t like individuals. And yet Project Trust informs its volunteers that we can make alot of our target from writing to trusts; Some in the past have even made the entire amount! The tricky job of finding eligible trusts involves hours crouched over a desk with a trust directory madly scribbling down the ones that may give donations, but even then I am sure I will end up writing accidentally to many that I don’t fill the criteria for. But luckily, fundraising gets more fun after the early stages.
I will probably post the occasional updates for my fundraising, but not so often that it detracts from the main purposes of my blog. If any of you guys have experience with fundraising and have some great ideas, let me know- every bit of help is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!