So one of the most challenging things for me about Chennai Challenge is raising the money. This has changed from when I first went. On my first visit raising the funds was easy(ish). I had a network of local people around me who all helped me to organise events and raise money in inventive ways. We made jewelery (it was funky – let me tell you!); we performed gigs; we “ski’d” the 3 and a bit miles from Guildford YMCA to Farncombe; we ran a whole week of India inspired events in a local Secondary School; we did a charity car wash. However, nearly 10 years later it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise £1400 every year…
I now live in London. London is an amazing place full of people, and full of interesting things to do. In fact it is just this that makes it so much more difficult to raise funds. How many justgiving emails have you received in the last few months? I know that I get a good few, and I am all for people fund raising for amazing projects that they are involved in. But the market place is flooded. It’s not enough to just ask for money now. You have to make it interesting. You have to draw people in. Any event you plan has to be original and fun…and of course professional. Undoubtedly you have to pay for a venue, pay for a drinks reception, and somehow acquire amazing raffle prizes. Some might call it a full time job – indeed for some it IS a full time job. And here am I. Raising what is actually not a large sum of money each year and increasingly struggling to get there.
But of course, this can only be a positive. There are other challenges that I face, but this is the biggest by far. I wouldn’t have it any other way – I want to be challenged by this project. I want to push myself to achieve the best I can. If you have any ideas for fund raisers post them here – I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve, it’s just the organising of them that needs to happen now!
So here’s to another year of inovative fund raising from our team, of rising to the challenge and exceeding the £1400 minimum target for funds. And here’s to my own personal Chennai Challenge.