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In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.
However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.
Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.
The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.
This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!
ABC’S OF FUNDRAISING IDEAS
Raising funds for your charity is easier than you may think. By understanding and explaining clearly why you are doing the challenge, and the cause, it is assisting you will find that most people will be happy to assist your participants with their fundraising goals.
Below are some simple but effective fundraising ideas and a list of useful websites that you can share with your challenge participants to help get them started with their fundraising for your next charity challenge.
A = Auction
Get friends, co-workers or family to donate items. You can sell these items on E-bay, set up a silent auction. Why not auction an extra day off to your co-workers? Don’t forget to ask your boss for permission!
B = Book & Bake Sale
Ask a local bakery to donate goods, or ask friends to each cook their favourite dish or cake for sale. Ask friends, family and colleagues to donate books that they no longer want.
C = Car Wash
Ask the neighbours or local businesses if you can wash their cars for a small fee of course!
D = Dinner party
Invite friends over and host a 4 course meal with wines – why not charge high-end restaurant prices?
E = Events
Set up charity events like a charity run, walks, bike or climbs and collect pledges or entry fee from participants.
F = Fashion show
Ask local shops to donate clothes and ask school children, co-workers, friends to model. Charge an admission fee and/or sell the items at the end of the show.
G = Grocery bagging
Organise with your local supermarket if you can help bag a customer's groceries for a donation.
H = Head shave
Go bald for your cause!
I = Internet
Use social networking sites or dedicated fundraising websites to promote your participation in the charity challenge, or set up your own website.
J = Jellybean
Set up a jelly bean jar at work and ask colleagues to guess how many are inside.
K = Karaoke
Organize a Karaoke sing-off.
L = Lamington Drive
Always a winner at sports days, BBQs, in the office or at school.
M = Murder mystery
Play dress up and hold bets to guess the murderer.
N = New Year’s Eve
This can be organized any day of the year! Why not choose to re-create New Years Eve 1950 along with music and costume of that period?
0 = Old barn party
Hold a country style party along with music, line dancing, rodeo bull riding and limbo contests!
P = Press release
We can help you write a press release for you to send to your local newspaper to promote your fundraising events.
Q = Quiz nights
Hold a trivia pub challenge: charge an entry fee and ask local businesses to donate prizes. A great way to test your general and pop-culture knowledge. Check out www.funtrivia.com for sample questions.
R = Raffles
An oldie but a goodie. Ask a local business to donate an attractive prize and sell, sell, sell those tickets! Always thank the donating business when selling tickets to assist them with their marketing within the community.
S = Sausage sizzle
Your local hardware store is a great place to start when organising a fundraising sausage sizzle.
T = Travel night
Plan for food, pictures, and music from the country you are about to visit and charge admission to attendees. You can even turn this into a trivia night.
U = Utilise modern technologies
In this day and age, we advise you to utilize all forms of communications; phone, internet, e-mails, leaflets, media, networking and an old-fashion hand-shake to promote your challenge. Modern technologies are a cheap and easy way to get the word out.
V = Variety show
Get the best talents you know on the block to hold a children’s variety show.
W = Walk-athon
Combine your training and fundraising all in one! Set a challenging walk and raise sponsorship to complete this walk. Make sure it includes hills if your charity challenge is a trek.
Y = Y ban
Challenge colleagues to avoid using words with this letter during conversations in a shift. Each time someone does, collect a donation. It’s possible, this letter does not appear in these sentences!
Z = Zzz…
Organize a sleepover in an unusual place - in a cave, or camping.
USEFUL WEBSITES (these sites are not endorsed by World Expeditions)
Enviro Bags and gifts - http://www.haggusandstookles.com.au/pages/Fundraising/
Fair trade fundraising - http://www.tribesandnations.com.au/fundraising/
Fair trade chocolate sales - http://cocolo.com.au/
Fundraising nuts - http://www.morish.com.au/
Timber Town Pies - http://www.timbertownpies.com.au/fundraisingpies.htm
Pudding Lady - http://www.puddinglady.com.au/cms%7Cpuddings-as-a-fundraiser-5.html
NSW Department of Gaming and Racing, Office of Charities – www.olgr.nsw.gov.au
ACT Department of Gaming and Fair Trading – www.act.gov.au
SA Department of Liquor and Gambling – www.olgc.sa.gov.au
TAS Department of Liquor and Gambling – www.treasury.tas.gov.au
VIC Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation – www.vcgr.vic.gov.au
WA Office of Racing, Gaming and Liquor – www.orgl.wa.gov.au
QLD Department of Treasury, Office of Gaming and Racing – www.gogr.qld.gov.au
NT Territory Business Centre – www.tbc.nt.gov.au
Australian Taxation Office – www.ato.gov.au
Online Fundraising and Social networks