Confessions of a Fundraiser with Declan

Updated: Jan 26

What has been your favourite fundraiser so far?

My favourite fundraiser would probably be the pub quiz that myself and another team member did in February. It was great as we raised a fair amount and it was an amazing way to get your friends involved. Our team is also currently doing a virtual challenge where we are walking, running and cycling 5895km (in metres, this is the height of Kilimanjaro!). This has been fantastic as it allows us to fundraise despite the pandemic, it has also been great for us getting to know each other as we share our distance weekly.

What has been your biggest challenge with fundraising/recruitment this year?

I am stating the obvious a bit here, but coronavirus has been hard-hitting. A lot of the charity sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, our fundraising has been no different. Dig Deep have been amazing in helping us though, and our team has been able to be quite resilient and still crack on. There are many ways to fundraise and if you put the work in and play to your strengths, it is not as difficult as you think.

My biggest challenge with recruitment was probably accepting that not everybody you talk to about the challenge is going to sign up. This sounds obvious, but it can be a bit demoralising if you let it be. That being said, when you sign somebody up for your team it is an amazing feeling. You are one of the reasons someone is going to have an amazing life experience and help lives in Kenya; the challenge, both fundraising and recruitment wise, is so worth it.