I had no idea what I was doing when I set out on my first fundraising adventure (A goal of $5000 for a Village Package from TEAR Australia’s Useful Gift’s Catalogue) with a bunch of Year 9 students. All I knew was that I didn’t want to do things the way they had always been done. Most young people I know aren’t all that inspired by collecting money from a casual dress day or running a sausage sizzle (not that there is anything wrong with that).
We eventually reached our goal and while the money raised would transform the lives of an entire village, it was the transformation I saw in the students I was working with that excited me most. Young people were volunteering their time to run events, giving up their weekends, donating things they owned for a garage sale, even passing up a cash prize of $50 and instead donating it back to the cause. It was inspiring to be a part of.
I also had the privilege of watching students develop their ability to work as a team, plan, organize, lead, solve problems, communicate, dream, build positive relationships, teach others, get involved, gain confidence, run events and make a genuine difference.
The relationships and culture that developed out of these and other activities formed an unstoppable team (I hadn’t heard of TRIBES at the time). And, because they were part of a team…
If using fundraising and other activities to develop a culture like this is something that you are interested in then you have come to the right place. Contact me or read more about the school workshops and talks on offer.