This challenge has shown me how people will rally round a cause! I needed to raise money for People against Poverty’s new Project in Malawi. It will employ a seamstress who will teach young people how to sew. This will supply members of the community who cannot afford to buy masks. Those who can afford one will be asked to purchase them and the funds will go back into the project, to train more young people how to use a sewing machine. The Seamstress Project aims to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs; once trained in dress-making they are able to start a small business for their community.
I successfully managed my fundraising as part of a joint effort by the Youth Ambassadors. The project has already been sent the funds to purchase two machines and we look forward to seeing the first recipients begin sewing. This is providing hands-on skills for vulnerable young adults to make a much-needed product.
What I did
My own efforts to raise money for the project have been outweighed by kindness! I was helped by my Mum who raffled a large bunch of seasonal flowers. She was holding a flower arranging day and each member of the small group chipped in an equal amount. I prepared a handout about People against Poverty, so the group could learn about the great idea behind the Seamstress Project.
I did the first of two car boot sales in August. The first turned out to be a sunny day! It was not a way to make a small fortune but my unwanted clutter that sold did fetch a pleasing sum when added up. The second car boot in September attracted more determined bargain hunters. I felt proud to stick it out as it turned out to be a bitingly cold day, although the sales were not so successful!
I managed to exceed my fundraising target in total. This was from actively spreading the word about young unemployed people sewing masks in Malawi. It was kind family members & a friend who decided they wanted to make a difference by chipping in. They gave me items to sell at the car boot and made one-off donations. It is an ongoing Project, but already there has been a lot of progress helping the young people in Malawi.
If anyone reading my blog post has felt inspired, the charity wants to be able to increase the Youth Ambassadors. Do get in touch with us directly if you are interested to join – you will part of a fun and all-inclusive charity. I for one will be very happy to meet you!
Coco Hammond – Youth Ambassado