Fundraising Ideas

The Intrepid Foundation has been amazed by the many and varied ideas Intrepid Travellers have come up with to raise funds for their favourite project.

Here are some of them:-

Sell your CDs and books     Idea by Simon Saunders

I went on the ‘China Express’ tour back in April which stopped off at Xi’an and we visited the Huiling School there. I was surprised that the school didn’t get any funding from the government and when I came home I immediately saw all the CD’s that I had been collecting (or hoarding!) and thought why did I need to keep them when all the songs are on my computer and iPod anyway!
I own a secondhand bookshop and list some books for sale on a website called so I just added the CDs to the website and I was surprised at how well they are selling! I think I’ve sold around 35 CD’s, which has made $270 for the School so far, that’s without Intrepid matching the donation of course, so that’s $540; not bad for things that were just sitting around taking up shelf space as well as gathering dust...
Update: Simon has donated a further $250 to Xi'an Huiling by selling more CDs. And another $100 came in recently. $520 in all.

Xi'an Huiling

Going Once...going Twice...SOLD!      Idea by Alison King

Having travelled with Intrepid to Vietnam in 2005 and to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos in 2007, I was aware of the great work the Intrepid Foundation do in supporting many small NGOs that are running wonderful projects in these countries.  I was also aware that Intrepid match donations dollar for dollar (up to AU$400,000 per year).
Last year my partner and I decided to host a ‘Paint-off Party’ to raise money for one such project.  We supplied canvases and paints and each guest created an artwork during the night.  At the end of the night we auctioned the paintings to each other.  Our nominated project was Ptea Teuk Dong.  We raised $460. 
Following the success of this party we decided to host a ‘Sculpture Party’ this year.  We arranged some supplies including the contents of our recycling bin (egg cartons, milk bottles etc.) and each guest created a masterpiece.  Again, we auctioned the pieces off and raised $500, this time for the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).  
The parties are a fun way of bringing people together and we’ve all had a brilliant time realising our inner creative talents (and shortcomings) and getting sticky tape stuck on our hands.  Sales have ranged from $2.50 to $45.00 per piece.  Above all we’ve all had a good laugh!
I’d encourage everyone reading this to give it a go… It’s a very easy thing to organise with great results for all involved.
We’re already planning our 2012 party.  We’ve many more ideas: cooking; poetry; song writing… Who knows?

Alison with a painting

 A wedding gift list with a difference..   Idea by Alison & Dan Gladdish

Daniel and I were married in May. Our paths first crossed when we were travelling in Australia and our love for exploring new places and meeting new people helped to cement our relationship. Our most memorable trip was to Cambodia with Intrepid. Little did I know that Dan had smuggled an engagement ring all the way from England in his hand luggage with the intention of proposing at Angkor Wat. He played it cool when I said I was too tired for the early start to see sunrise - he knew me well enough to know I would realise it was an opportunity not to be missed - and it was unforgettable in more ways than one! Of course, our wedding had to have a travel theme, but it wasn't just about the menu, the colours and the flowers, we wanted our guests to understand the serious aspect of our experiences. We had read about the impressive work of the Intrepid Foundation and whilst in Sihanoukville, we visited the Starfish cafe and bakery for lunch (on a very rainy day at the beginning of the monsoon season!). It made such an impression on us, that instead of creating a conventional wedding list, we asked our guests to donate to the Starfish project. We simply wrote a short description of the Intrepid foundation and the project and included it with the link to the website in our guest information leaflet. The response was overwhelmingly positive with many of our guests not only donating, but commenting on the fantastic work of the project and how happy they were to contribute.

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Amount raised: Over $550 raised for Starfish

Alison & Dan at Ankor Wat

And on their Wedding Day

Engagement party wishing well    Idea by Michael & Chantelle

In 2009, we went on a world trip and did six Intrepid tours. We absolutely loved our adventures in Asia and Central/South America, especially visiting the organisations helped by the Intrepid Foundation. With a furry travel companion called Spud the Wombat in tow, we went to the COPE Foundation and Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre in Laos, the KOTO Training Centre in Vietnam and Xi’an Huling in China. Since we were backpacking, we were not in a financial position at the time to help the organisations we visited.
However, three years later when we organised our engagement party we thought it would be nice to ask family and friends to make a donation to the Intrepid Foundation, rather than give us presents. We emailed the Foundation to let them know what we were doing and made up a poster which gave guests more information about the organisations they would be helping. We set up a wishing well next to the poster so they could anonymously give their donation.
We raised just over $1100 on the day and split the money between the four organisations. We are looking forward to more Intrepid tours in the future, including an African safari for our honeymoon.

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Amount raised: Over $1100 raised for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

Enjoying a meal at KOTO

The Wishing Well

Photos, Food, and Fundraising       Idea by Amy Jennings

In February of 2012, I traveled to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia with Intrepid. It was an amazing trip! While each country was unique and memorable, I fell in love with Laos, its breathtaking scenery, and its friendly people. When I returned home, I wanted to give back to the people who made such an impression on me. Since so many of my friends and family wanted to see my trip photos, I decided to organize an event at which I could share my photos and raise money. I approached a local Lao restaurant owner who was more than willing to help me host an event where I showed my photos, shared some traditional Lao foods, and raised money for Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE). COPE was one of the stops in Laos which made a great impression on me. I told my friends about COPE and they generously donated through the Intrepid Foundation. We raised more than $550 at the event, and with Intrepid’s generous match, we were able to donate $1140 to COPE.

Amount raised: Over $220 raised for COPE in Laos

Sponsored climb of Kiliminjaro          Idea by Wendy Sexton

In June 2012 I travelled through Kenya and Tanzania with Intrepid, prior to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.  As I met people in Tanzania and Zanzibar who had climbed Kili, some mentioned that they had raised funds for various projects and I felt a little dejected that I hadn't thought to do the same over the previous months of preparation.  One evening over dinner as we were talking about my upcoming challenge one of my Intrepid travel buddies generously offered to sponsor my climb.  This was the start of my fundraising efforts - better late than never.  With only a couple of days to go, I sent out an email to my friends, family and work colleagues asking for their assistance for my Kilimanjaro attempt, with proceeds going to projects I had visited in Tanzania (with Intrepid) and Kenya.  I embarked on my Kili trip, which I'm pleased to report was a success, and came back to numerous emails with pledges of support!  It was overwhelming and a privilege to be able to give a little back to the wonderful people I met making a difference in their corner of the world.  If you never ask, the answer is always no!

Amount raised: over $1000 for Tanzania

Donate left over Kitty Money   Idea by the members of Trip YXOD120715

In July Cliff Collett was doing a Road to Zanzibar in Tanzania with an Intrepid group. The group decided that they would use their left over kitty to make a donation to Amani.

Amount raised: over $200 for Amani Children's Home