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1. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

I'm going to volunteer in Ireland for a year and am trying to come up with ways to raise money to fund this. I mostly need to cover plane tickets and bills such as a storage unit rental. Does anyone have any ideas? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Wonkerer:)

There is one thing, I have heard about. But I am not sure, if it is what u are looking for.
Sometimes a group of people do something, like a sponsored cycle, for a charity. What they do, is collect sponsors. They go around asking people to sponsor them. If a person agrees, they put their name on the volunteers card and state how much money they will give. If the volunteer gets enough sponsorship money, then some of this sponsorship money goes to charity and some pays for the trip the volunteer will take. The last one I heard of was a sponsored cycle in Nepal. Usually a group of volunteers cycle together. They are only allowed to claim the sponsorship money, on condition that they complete the planned cycle route.
Now, where to find such an event I dont know. I never did it myself. Try googling things like, charities, Ireland, sponsored cycles, sponsored walks.....
Or maybe somebody else here, will know specifically where to find out more about it.


3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to look into that:)

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

What kind of voluntary work are you going to do? Can you relate it into any fund raising?

You could write to big corporations or local businesses - they may be able to make a donation - most companies will have a charitable fund to the organisation - corporate social responsibility being a big "it" word at present.

Do you currently work - or are you affliated to any clubs or societies? What about getting a few friends or colleagues to chip in and make an all you can eat buffet for a lunch for work colleagues or a fork supper for friends everyone brings a dish and pays toward the fun of it - we do this at work - they are always well attended - everyone chips in lasange, curry, chilli, pasta bake, lots of finger food etc and we charge around £5 a head (say around $8 or $9) and its a good fun way to make some cash. Maybe give it an Irish theme!

Give up your own time - do a charity car wash charging your friends and neighbours to wash their vehicles - or again approach a corporation with a big car park and see if the employees will be willing for you to scrub their cars - or even just wash down their windscreens!

Try to make your fund raising different - out of the ordinary - it makes people more interested and more likely to get involved!

Good luck and let us know how you get on!

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

To expand on Purdy's suggestion - why not hold a party night?

Use the organisation you'll be working for as a basis. Ask a local bar or club to let you use the venue for free, ask some local bands/DJs to perform for free - it'll be publicity for them. I'm not sure what sort of community you live in but ask local radio stations or newspapers to promote the night and charge a small entry fee which goes towards your expenses for the trip and Robert is very much your mother's brother.

6. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone for the interesting ideas! Sometimes I just get stuck on the same thing and can't get out of the box. But what does

"Robert is very much your mother's brother"

mean? Am I the only one lost. Wouldn't be the first time:)

7. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Bob's yer uncle . . . it means something along the lines of "and all is well" (don't ask me why, it just does OK STOP PERSECUTING ME WHY MOTHER WHY)

Enjoy you trip.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Wonkerer

But what does

"Robert is very much your mother's brother"


Same as
"its in the bag"

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 4, 2007, at 7:54 AM by Mel. ]

9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

Got it now! Maybe at some point I'll be able to keep up with all y'all (yes, I've spent way too much time around Texans)