In six weeks’ time, my best friend Lillie and I will be embarking on our very first mission trip to Tanzania. We’ll be spending a month there; teaching in the local primary and secondary schools, visiting local health clinics and working closely with AICT (Africa Inland Church Tanzania) on many of the wonderful projects they have set up.
As you can imagine, a trip like this requires a significant amount of money and we’ve had to think very carefully about how to raise these funds. We’ve still got a way to go before we reach our target but, if you’re planning a mission trip in the near future, here are five fundraising ideas that have proven successful for us.
1. Quiz Night
Hosting a quiz night at your local hall or church is a great way to bring everybody together for a fun evening of trivia. We charged £5 entry per person, and also held a raffle and ‘guess the weight of the cake’ game on the night to bring in some extra pennies. We had a great time organising it, people enjoyed themselves, and we managed to raise a lot of money for our cause.
2. Cake Sale
It’s a classic for a reason: the good old-fashioned cake sale should never be underestimated. Being a teacher, I am in the fortunate position of being able to fundraise at school. Lillie and I, along with very generous family and friends, baked a lot of cakes to sell during break time and after school. We sold the cakes from 30p to 50p and managed to make just over £300.
3. Bacon Butties
Even if you’re no Mary Berry when it comes to baking, selling food is still a good way to go with fundraising. Our church generously let us sell bacon butties that we had made before our morning service. For fundraisers like this you do have to think carefully about where you are buying your bacon and rolls (and consider the gluten free people too). Rather than pricing the butties, we simply asked for donations. This is a brilliant way of making people feel comfortable to donate any amount they wish to, and we were overwhelmed by the donations we received from this event.
4. Leg Waxing
My lovely (and very brave) boyfriend Andy kindly offered to wax his legs if our JustGiving page got up to £450, and wax his chest if it got to over £700. We advertised this on Facebook with our JustGiving link and Andy also shared this event with his church. Through the generosity of many people, we managed to get over £700 on our page. We then livestreamed the event on Facebook so people who donated could see the pain on his face… ouch!
5. Word of Mouth
Just talking to people about what you are doing and why you are trying to fundraise is a good way to get people thinking about donating to your cause. Although at first this can seem like an awkward way to raise money, a lot of people genuinely want to hear about what you are doing, why you are doing it and how you are going to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. If you are passionate about the cause, other people will see that. Lillie and I will also be trying to update people on the work we are doing while we are out there, and talk about our trip when we come back so people can see how their donations have helped our mission.
Lillie and I have learnt a lot of lessons during our experience with fundraising, but the most important one? We are not the ones in control. God called us to go on this mission, and we need to trust him. We still have more to fundraise but with His guidance, we know we are going to get there.
If you would like to donate or find out more about our mission trip, please visit the link below:
Written by Sophie Marshman