12 Sep Who are our EmbraceAbility fundraisers? #EmbraceEverest2019
We know fundraising can seem like a daunting challenge. While extremely rewarding, it’s tough to know where to begin. The most common questions we get at EmbraceAbility – What kind of fundraising event can I host? What would appeal to people? What would encourage their involvement and their giving?
Lucky for us, we have a crack team who have come up with some very creative and inspiring ideas of how to raise money for EmbraceAbility’s projects in Cambodia. In this article, we recognise their efforts and hopefully inspire you readers to take up the challenge yourself!
Embrace Everest 2019
In January 2019 we decided to organise EmbraceAbility’s first big team fundraiser, Everest Base Camp. Working with a company local to Nepal, Himalyan Wonders we set the trek date to the 1st November 2019 and recruited our 10 team members.
We set ourselves the target of fundraising between £15,000 and £20,000 over the following 8 months through holding individual fundraising events across the UK. Each individual was given free reign to host any kind of event they wanted with support from the EmbraceAbility Team.
Over the course of the year, there have been some great fundraisers! In April, team leader Corrine Altass-Hye held a 4 hour Spin-a-thon at the Grange Community Leisure Centre in Midhurst that raised over £2000. Spinning on a spin bike for 4 hours is no mean feat! The fundraisers did a great job of raising the profile of the event, with donations ultimately exceeding Corrine’s target.
Olly Dexter partnered up with the band Black Futures to put on a live music gig at the Boileroom in Guildford that saw him raise over £1000.
Geordie White took on his first ever White Collar Boxing match in aid of EmbraceAbility and although narrowly missing taking the win he raised over £500. He will also be taking part in a London to Brighton bike ride with friends.
Dean Smith partnered up with Clip n Climb in Plymouth to hold a late night adults event which raised over £200.
“A massive thank you to everyone who came to my charity event…and to Clip ‘n Climb Plymouth for being incredible hosts. Together we raised £235 for EmbraceAbility, a charity devoted to supporting the needs of disabled children in Cambodia, and everyone had a wicked time doing so – I recommend Clip ‘n Climb to anyone wanting to host an event.” Dean Smith
Beth Stevens and Gavin Cook held a summer boat party in Bristol, and Dominic Gapeo put on a quiz at his local pub.
These events coupled with online donations means the teams current total is above £10,000… before the trek has even been completed! With many more efforts booked in, we can’t wait to see how our trekkers ingenuity will help EmbraceAbility’s work.
So there you have it! An incredible team whose creativity in fundraising is helping them towards their fundraising targets. Inspired yet? If you have an idea, or you have any questions of how to involve yourself in EmbraceAbility’s fundraising efforts, drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org .Get in touch and see what you can bring to EmbraceAbility!
For all the latest from our Everest trekkers, check out their Instagram page.
By Corrine Altass-Hye