Fundraising Focus- Bishop’s Stortford College

Dan Mew

Fundraising is a massive part of the African Adventures experience.

The skills gained through fundraising, such as money management, organisation, and teamwork, and the sense of achievement you will feel when you reach your fundraising target, are just a few of reasons why we think you should fundraise for your trip!

It is important to understand the difference between fundraising for your trip costs and fundraising for a charity. Any money you fundraise for your African Adventures trip will go towards your trip costs, such as your plane ticket, accommodation, food, and transport. It will not go to our charity, African Adventures Foundation. This doesn’t mean that you can’t also raise a separate amount of money for the Foundation should you wish to, but you should make it clear to those who are donating towards your trip costs where their money is going.

Bishop’s Stortford College are returning to Kenya in July, following their 2018 visit. The group of 22 volunteers will volunteer at Ungana Academy, and have also signed up for our famous Rift Valley Adventure Day – be sure to get a picture with the Equator sign!

Their positive energy and proactive approach to fundraising on this scale is a great example to follow for future groups. Identifying their individual talents, managing the money they raise, and developing their organisational abilities are all valuable skills gained by our volunteers before they even set foot in Africa.

Fundraising Focus- Bishop’s Stortford College

Students from Bishop’s Stortford College have been topping up their Kenya trip funds with a successful quiz night, held last Friday, and organised a sponsored swim. An incredibly talented group of students from the college, known as ‘The Busking Five’, took the streets of Cambridge city centre recently to entertain shoppers, gathering quite the crowd too!

The Busking Five

‘The Busking Five’, comprised of Dan, Josh, Alex, Joe, and Charlie, were also in attendance at the quiz night, and provided the evening’s musical entertainment. The quiz night, which included a raffle and refreshments, was a huge success, and, with the help of Mr Tomkys, the group raised an amazing £1,211.82 towards their trip.

Swimming up Mount Kilimanjaro

The students also made a big splash during their sponsored swim. Eight students took on the challenge of swimming 5,895 metres- the same height as Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, and the equivalent to just under 118 lengths of an Olympic standard swimming pool. The group were cheered on by other members of ‘Team Kenya’, and were able to add some more money to their fundraising totals.

Here at African Adventures, we love hearing all about fundraising stories as you continue your volunteer journeys with us. Don’t forget to check out our fundraising resources on My AA too! It is always great to receive pictures and stories of your fun and wonderful fundraising activities, so be sure to email info@african-adventures.co.uk, or tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (or all three!).