Fundraising can be a difficult task, especially when you don’t have the necessary resources to properly raise money. IVHQ suggested using GoFundMe to ask family and friends to help contribute. At first I was reluctant to use this method since I would rather earn money by doing some sort of work. However it provided me with the opportunity to provide exposure to the cause and let others know what I was doing. The only major problem with the GoFundMe website was you needed a paypal account which takes 5% of the donated money, as well GoFundMe takes 5%. Most family and friends opted to donate to me directly through cash or cheque. I am very grateful to everyone who donated and who helped make my dream come true.
Other Fundraising Methods
Some other methods of fundraising include:
- Collecting bottles from the community
- Chocolate sales
- Lawn maintenance
- Yard sales, etc…
I planned on doing some of these during my time off between school and the trip however, I ran into some problems. A local ringette team was collecting bottles for their Vancouver trip, and I had no one to sell chocolate to besides my family. I ended up cleaning my grandfathers house and putting textbooks on amazon in hopes of earning money.