Well, the £500 has been reached, thank you to all my donators :D In addition, people can still donate online until the target date ends, there is no problem with that
This is a simple project. I, Robbie Newton am currently raising money to go over to Namibia next year to do some voluntary Christian work. I will not be going with a charity, and as such will have to do a large bulk of fundraising myself. This project aims to co-ordinate my efforts online and keep people up to date as to my progress. I shall be going over in August of next year, and will be staying for 3 weeks. This mission is very much me going on faith, I am fully trusting in God to provide and motivate people to provide for this trip and to ensure safety all around.
The areas that the fundraising contributions will cover will include travel to Windhoek, a contribution towards the work of Imkerhof , travel to London to get a Visa, and in addition, some fundraising money will be allocated to hosting other fundraisers. Finally, money will be very important, as I need to get a fair few injections before I go to Namibia, and some of these I have to pay quite a bit for. In addition, the money will cover food at the airports, since it will be a long flight with multiple changes. I aim to raise £500 online, and up to £2000 offline.
Whilst in Namibia I will be doing work with a Christian organization named Imkerhof, including working around the farm, manual labour, and working with school children who are on their school holidays so that would include holiday club like activities. According to Kathleen Wahl, whom I will be working with, I could also be sent to a school where a lot of their former Children& 39;s Home children are. I will be keeping a blog whilst I am over there, and keeping it regularly updated, because I know you guys like seeing progress.
Kathleen works for Imkerhof. Imkerhof is based in Namibia, and is a Gospel Outreach Christian Leadership School (). In addition, they offer Care and Compassion, which is what I would be more involved with, since I would not be going during term time. Their Care and Compassion Ministry offers such services as HIV Testing, and support for people with the virus, and their families. As you may know, Namibia has an incredibly high rate of infection of HIV/AIDS compared to the rest of Africa, and so to provide support is amazing.
People can earn rewards (as crowd funder call them) from investing in me. The top 3 investors will each get a unique gift from Namibia, a kind of gift which cannot be gotten anywhere else. Everyone who helps me will be able to see photos of my trip, and trip preparations, which I will regularly put on both Facebook and the blog that I will soon get.
I ask that you please invest in this, I need £500 within 90 days, or else my pitch fails, you guys get whatever money invested back and I am left with nothing again.
Now, in terms of fundraising targets, here they are
£500 online within the pitch target
£500 offline by Christmas (£1000 total) - So far, I have raised £470 offline
£250 from the World Concern Group at St Thomas& 39; sometime in March (£1250 total)
£750 from Holy Trinity from Christmastime until May (£2000 total)
£500 between May and July (£2500 total).
Finally, some acknowledgments. I wish to thank everyone who donates, both on and offline. Your donations are invaluable to this mission. I would also like to thank Holy Trinity Church for setting me up for this, and the National Autistic Society in Scotland for giving me the confidence to do something like this. Big thanks to St Thomas& 39; Episcopal church for their massive support so far.
UPDATE TO PITCH
Stirling Observer, and the Edinburgh Evening News, have shown an interest in the story. The Stirling Observer has the story featured in their 12/10/11 issue, and the Edinburgh Evening News will have it featured in the 13/10/11 issue.