As a small charity we are totally dependent on the generosity of the public. Yet there is a chasm between what we want to achieve and what we can afford to achieve.
We try to raise funds through many means, writing grant applications, working with school and community groups, working with donors who wish to volunteer and donors who want to “do something” and with companies who want to be giving something back to the wider community.
The motivation is the same, a desire to help those who have been less fortunate than they. People work with us because they know that we are delivering directly to the community and that our overheads are low due to our kitchen table mentality.
If you want to help us raise funds there are many ways you can do it.
We have teamed up with Charity Challenge, the team that took Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole up Kilimanjaro. They provide a wide variety of outstanding challenges from sledging with huskies on the snow, jungle, mountian and volcano trekking. We work with them because they are highly ethical and responsible. Click HERE to down load our Challenge brochure.
If you are a runner, why not run for us, we would love to part of your adventure. Whatever your athletic ability there must be some way we can help turn your skill and enthusiasm into funds.
A Guide for School Fundraising for the Livingstone Tanzania Trust
Parents open day
When your school holds a parents or old boy’s/girl’s day why not sell coffee and cookies/cake. Display and sell student made craft and photos.
School Car boot sales.
Closing off the school car park and inviting parents to come and set up a stall from the boot of their cars. Charge each car £10 for the opportunity. The family is then able to sell off unwanted items. By running a coffee and bacon sandwich bar, you are able to make additional money
School has talent competition
Each school is full of talented children, all with different abilities. You could hold an “our school’s got talent” competition. (Singing, dancing, music instruments, poem reciting, acrobats, joke telling, juggling…….) Aside from building confidence for the students it can be extremely entertaining. Â By having this event as a sponsored event we can use the opportunity to talk to the guests about the work we are doing and ask them for assistance.
This is an opportunity to display and sell art and craft items.
The Livingstone Tanzania Trust together with the school could write a series of quizzes and set up as series of intra-School and/or inter school quiz nights with teams competing for the prize
Perhaps a parent child quiz night with drinks and food or even parents against kids
Invite some of the cricket team and old boys to play a celebrity team and charge an entry fee for guests. Lunch and tea can be charged for and during the tea break an auction can be held for a few choice items.
Dress Down For School
Pupils and teachers allowed to wear the own clothes to school for a small fee of 20p – 50p or £1. This can be combined with other sponsored events. This could be substituted as a Bad Tie day
The school can start to collect copper coins and at the end of term the students can make a penny trail in the playground and measure how much they created. May be you could collect a penny for each Foot of Kilimanjaro or a penny for each step a child has to walk to his nearest water tap.
Give up half your lunch
Many of the children in Tanzania have just sunflower seeds for lunch. Why not give half your dinner money every Monday to help them.
Parents, teachers or students could run either a whole or half a marathon for us or join a sponsored walk or cycle ride
The school could hold a 13-hour football/tennis/netball match one Saturday, or organise a sponsored 22 mile swim between all the school or a skip-a-thon
Maybe a parents or teacher would like to skydive, parachute or bungee jump for us and then come and tell the school about it.
We can organise a number of personal challenges for parents or teachers. This might be climbing Kilimanjaro, walking the Great Wall of China, cycling in Cuba or trekking the Inca Trail in Peru. This can be for a team of students, teachers and parents.
We are part of the toner recycling programme. By recycling your used toner cartridges with us you can not only ensure that they are disposed of responsibly but also raise funds at the same time.
Reclaim your wardrobes and cupboards
Are your wardrobe and cupboards over flowing with jumpers, shirts, trousers, table cloths, curtains and the like that you never use? Join the bag2school program. On a selected day you can bring all your unwanted items to school and it can be collected and taken away. £400 per ton is currently being paid for the clothes that are 80% reused and 20% reused. This not only reduces landfill but also generates money which can be donated to the school or a charity of their choice.
Any mobile phones that are no longer used can be donated to us and turned into cash.
If you are going to run an event that might be of public interest, please consider asking the mayor or other celebrities associated with the school and of course the press. It all helps
The school choir could sing for the parents and the community and sell mulled wine and mince pies.
The school facilities could be used to show some classic films that the younger generation may never have seen.
Designer T-shirt sales
The students could design T-shirts for sale to students and parents