Next October we will be taking a group of challengers to India for our Lets Trek for Children 2016 event. Let’s Trek for Children is all about fundraising for children charities by taking on a trek, so far we have taken this challenge to Jordan and Nepal raising a vast amount of money for the charities involved.
Let's Trek for Children in India entails five days of trekking starting in Dharamsala the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama. We will trek through spectacular mountain landscapes and sleep under the stars in remote mountain camps as we head for our finish line at Laka Got (3,550m) well above the Himalya snow-line. This amazing Indian adventure culminates with a visit to the breath-taking Taj Mahal in Agra.
The trek takes our challengers through some beautiful places however the terrain and the amount of walking they take on per day is what makes the trek a challenge. This week we hear from one of our intrepid challengers on why taking on this type of fundraising challenge is important to them.
My chosen charity is The British Heart Foundation…
Hi my name is Sally, I live in a very bustling village just north of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. I work in the Doctors surgery there which is the ideal place to start fundraising as it is extremely busy and we run lots of clinics for heart and stroke monitoring.
My chosen charity is the British Heart Foundation and I have done around nine treks and a bike ride for them. I chose that charity as they do phenomenal research into heart disease, ground breaking work which truly helps to save and change lives.
In 2016 I'm doing a trek in the northern region of India, for Children. The BHF does very important work with pre-natal, neo-natal and infancy to find cures for genetic heart disease and disorders. This is vital work which makes a difference to lives and to children born with heart defects.The BHF have agreed for me to do this coming trek for them.
Fundraising is a challenge in itself…
When you sign up for a 'challenge' you are normally given a target amount to raise.
Fund raising is a challenge in itself! Faced with being asked to raise £3000-3500 is often daunting and many folk don't like asking the same family and friends to sponsor them.
You also need to achieve a reasonable level of fitness - often another challenge in itself.
A few years ago I decided to hold a 'coffee and cake' morning. I asked many friends and patients at the surgery to come and also very cheekily suggested they contribute a cake if they felt able!
Amazingly response was good and my kitchen looked like 'The Great British Bake-off'!
I then decided to include that if anyone had any 'unwanted' items, they donate them for us to sell!
This has proved a popular and winning formula - it has become an annual village event, typically raising around £1000 each time! The effort is a lot but so worth it. I'm lucky to have a fantastic army of fabulous friends who always turn up to help me run the event. My kitchen is buzzing, table heaving with cakes, garden lively with folk sitting with their coffee,tea and yummy cake, people seem very happy to chat and they go away with a bag of goodies, some raffle tickets and having guessed the weight of the cake!
The secret seems to be that we don't charge any prices - we simply ask for a donation. People seem to want to be more generous that way!
Sale items include books, DVDs, plants, jewellery, clothes, shoes, small furniture, toys, bric-a-brac etc. My house looks like a Christies sale!
By the way, all unsold items are bagged and boxed and taken to other charity shops so nothing is wasted. This year all clothing was collected to be taken to help with Syrian refugee crisis, small items sold by local post office for Acornschildren's hospice, other items to cancer research and Macmillans shop. Fantastic effort by everyone and so far this year I have banked £1068 for the BHF with another £50 or so to come.
The challenges are life changing, fantastic fun and give you enormous personal strength.
So I say just Go for it!!!
Want to support a charity?
There are still spaces available on Lets Trek for Children in India 2016. There are two ways in which you can fund the challenge, a popular way is by self-funding, so paying for the trip yourself and then fundraising on top of this for a charity of your choice. Alternatively, you can select the children's charity of your choice, register for the challenge and then fundraise £2,900. Providing you have raised the funds 10 weeks before the challenge your charity will pay the tour costs on your behalf with the remaining money and any money you raise over your minimum sponsorship going directly to support the work of your children's charity.
By taking on a challenge you could be supporting research for children's cancer treatments, or help grant a magical wish for a child fighting a life threatening condition or even help fight blindness. There are lots of children charities out there, you can visit our website for a list of those we have supported already.
We hope you feel inspired to take on a life changing challenge! May be see you in India next year?
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