So it’s been a while since I last posted. Too long in fact but A Level exams take over your life and there’s not much else you can do but I’m here to fill you in as to what’s happened over the past few months.
I had a curry night in April that raised £600. We booked out an entire restaurant and charged people £18 per ticket and the restaurant got £13 and I got £5. 80 people came in total and there was a raffle and quiz during the evening as well. In order to get raffle prizes, I asked some independent shops in my town for any kind donations they’d be willing to make. It took us a long time to get a ‘yes’ but eventually we got there and I was lucky enough to receive gift vouchers from cafes, a cheese stall and two hair salons. This event needed quite a lot of organising but it was definitely worth it as it made a lot more than I initially thought and it was a great boost to my fundraising goal. Here are some photos of the curry night:
Cycling treasure hunt
In May I organised a cycle treasure hunt in which 7 teams volunteered to cycle a 22 mile bike ride (in the rain) in order to help me fundraise for my year abroad. People paid £5 per person and this event made £180. I created a route and along the way the teams had questions to answer. The winning team got a £50 Sports Direct voucher, so thank you to them for their support. Here are some photos of the cycle treasure hunt.
Cycling the C2C
Last weekend I cycled 140+ miles from the Cumbrian Coast to the Tynemouth Coast in 3 days. It was a gruelling but worthwhile challenge supported by my Dad and Uncle. I used my Virgin Money Giving page in order to fundraise for this event and it meant that lots of people were able to sponsor me. I received £570 in donations so thank you to everyone who donated. Here are some photos from the C2C.
Finding out my project
In May I also found out the details of the project that I will be doing in South Africa. I will be working in a pre-school and an orphanage in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The place I will be volunteering is called Bethany Home and I am very excited to start my adventure in September. I will go back up to Coll, Scotland for Training next week so I will be able to share more details with you about my project when I return. Until then, you can read more about my project here: http://projecttrust.org.uk/south%20africa-gap-year/bethany/