Hey there guys!
Alrighty, so I’m sure most of you are aware of my upcoming volunteer trip to Asia this year. I pretty much never stop talking about it.
Last weekend, I had a training camp for it, and I got really inspired to do some fundraising. Not for myself to go over there (even though that’s super expensive – but it’s okay! I have two jobs!) but for me to make a real difference while I’m there. I realised that even though I’m volunteering, this experience is going to have a bigger impact on me than it will the communities I’m visiting.
Which will be cute little rat bags like this. :3
AND THIS! 😀
So, I want to give back! But to do so, I need funds. Which I don’t really have because, you know, it’s kinda expensive to go there and I’m not made of cash.
So I was wondering what the bookish community would do, if I proposed a fundraising idea?
For example: I was thinking of having a read-a-thon, where people can sponsor me for the amount of books I read: ie, donate a dollar to the cause for every book I manage to finish in a week.
Okay, so I can see all sorts of holes and kinks in that. How do people know I’m being honest with the amount of books I’m reading? Do you trust that I’m going to use the money for a good cause, and not on myself and personal travel plans?
I mean, I would be sus. Especially an online thing.
BUT. If I set up an account, a separate travel account to donate money into, then that would help with keeping funds in track. Also, I will keep a list of everyone who sponsored/donated and their emails, so I can keep them updated on what their money is actually going towards.
Worried about the authenticity of my trip? I’m travelling with a reputable company called Antipodeans, and you are all welcome to visit their site, see my specific trip, ask questions and I can probably get a letter from them, which I can post to confirm my intentions.
What about honestly completing the read-a-thon? Well, the only thing I can think of it continuously updating my GR and social media feeds with photo’s and progress.
I would honestly love to hear everyone’s thoughts. If everything were safe and believable, would you donate/sponsor? Honestly, if it were only a week long read-a-thon, my aim would be 5-7 books. Though if lots of people donated just a $1 per book read, than that would make a massive difference in a 3rd world country.
So, do I have the support of the bookish community if I went ahead with this? Would people be willing to sponsor/spread the word and get this out there? Would people like to join in on the read-a-thon? Any suggestions to improve this rough idea is welcome!
One brilliant blogger suggested that other people can join in on the read-a-thon, so more funds can be raised! I’m all for the idea, but wondering if people would be willing to read for money they won’t have control of/going elsewhere? Maybe I could just make it a fun thing, where people could join in on the read-a-thon?
ALSO: I had this great idea, where I make sure all the funds I earn from this would be used to encourage reading in 3rd world countries? A lot of them can’t read, but I will be teaching some English in schoosl while I’m there. I could totally donate books, lined pages, pens, pencils, school equipment, ect. Just to keep it more book related. (:
THOUGHTS PEOPLE, THOUGHTS?