Have fun. Change lives.

Charity fundraising with World Vision truly changes lives – and not just the lives of children living in the world’s hardest places, but your own too.

Fundraising for World Vision changed my life. The experience was fun, rewarding and enriching, and ultimately it helped to change children’s lives around the world. Anyone can do it – you don’t have to have any special qualifications or skills, just the heart and will to help others.

- Shemi Virani, ran a half-marathon for World Vision UK

You don’t need to run a marathon like Shemi – unless that’s your thing, of course. Whatever you love doing, you can do it for World Vision. Whether it’s baking cupcakes, playing music, holding themed dinner parties or sponsored sports, your passion will help change children’s lives.

And with World Vision it’s easy to follow your fundraising dream and start your life-changing journey. Take just a minute or two to register your details and we’ll send you a free Fundraisers’ Toolkit on DVD that gives you all you need to get started. You can also request a toolkit by calling us on 01908 24 44 17

How fundraising helps

The money you raise will help children thrive

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We will use the money you raise to help children living in the world’s toughest places; setting children free from fear and enabling them to live life to the full.

With your help, we’ll be there to let children living in some really tough situations know they’re loved and cared for. We’ll be there to make sure they can learn, play – and just enjoy being children. The fun you have with your friends could keep children safe, help them achieve their God-given potential and really flourish.

You could help children in Cambodia to stay healthy and dry

You could help children in Cambodia to stay healthy and dry School children learning at Toul Trabek primary school near Battambong, Cambodia

During the monsoon season in Cambodia, children can lose weeks or sometimes months of school due to flooded school compounds. They also risk catching water borne diseases caused by toilets that don’t work properly and standing water. World Vision is providing better facilities, so that children can stay dry and healthy, and keep going to school throughout the year.

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You could help give families good healthcare much closer to home

You could help give families good healthcare much closer to home Nyayiik and her children, Sudan

Nyayiik from South Sudan used to have to walk or cycle for hours to see a doctor when her children were ill. Now she can visit a new health clinic, supported by World Vision and set up under the trees in a village much nearer where she lives. “This health clinic is closer to our home – I have already received my son’s medicine.” You could help more families like hers – and stop children dying from preventable illnesses like diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia.

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Fundraising ideas

From cake baking to karaoke, there are some great ways to raise money for World Vision.

Old clothes & crafts

Everyone’s got clothes they don’t wear anymore. Susie’s Gladrags & Handbags evening turned unloved and unwanted clothes and accessories into ‘pre-loved’, beautiful bargains.

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“We asked everyone we knew to donate their pre-loved clothes and accessories and it grew from there,” explains Susie. “We booked the church hall, invited people we knew locally to set up health and beauty stalls, and made desserts to serve with tea and coffee. We also managed to get a favourite local boutique to put on a fashion show. All in all, it was a great day out for the ladies – let’s face it, you can’t go too far wrong with pudding and shopping!

Susie and her friends asked for a suggested donation of £5 on the door, which included dessert, tea and coffee. The day was a huge success on all fronts. “People found some beautiful bargains,” adds Susie. “Friends invited friends who invited friends and we had almost 200 visitors, raising £1,764 for World Vision. It really was quite simple to put on, but I know it will make such a difference to children facing a bleak future.”

Ideas for you

  • Throw a clothes swap in your living room. Get friends to bring clothes they don’t want and swap them, charging a couple of pounds to come
  • Hold a Christmas or Easter evening making cards and decorations together
  • Get the girls together regularly for a knit and natter
  • Hold a crafts night and share DIY ideas
  • Ask local shops if they’d be prepared to do a fashion show

 

Family fun

Kamran and Adam were so proud of mum Shemi’s efforts - running a half marathon for World Vision, they decided to get in on the act too! The boys often go for walks with their parents so they picked a family walk up Snowdon to raise a massive £3,253 for World Vision.

Fundraising-6-360x240.jpg“We decided to do the walk because we always remember our visit to Uganda when we met our sponsored child, Racheal” explains six-year-old Kamran. “Adam and I play a lot of sport so we thought it would be something we would be able to do. We weren’t sure if our parents would be able to do it though!

“The path started off quite steep and it wasn’t like a normal path, it was rocky and stony so it was a bit hard and uncomfortable to walk on. It reminded me of the roads in Uganda as the children there have to walk miles to get to school and lots of them didn’t have shoes.

“Lots of people asked us what our t-shirts were for so Mummy told them about World Vision. Someone even gave us £20 as they were surprised that I was five and Adam was eight. It took us four hours to walk to the top and three-and-a-half hours to get down. We walked 10 miles. I was very tired at the end of the day but I was also happy and proud as I remember how happy
all the children in Uganda were when World Vision helped them.”

Ideas for you

  • Next time you’re baking with the kids, make some extra cakes to sell at school or work
  • Hold a teddy bears’ picnic
  • Can your children keep quiet for a whole day? Try a sponsored silence
  • Get messy with a no-handsallowed spaghetti eating competition

 

Tasty treats

Fundraising doesn’t get much tastier than holding your very own Bake Off. Let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy an excuse to eat lots of cake?

Fundraising-9-360x240.jpgAt Glen’s office, the baking took on a competitive twist, as colleagues entered their ‘signature bakes’ in a bake off for World Vision. “Deciding what to make was easy,” says Glen. “My wife makes a delicious chocolate cake that’s a real favourite in our house for birthdays. She’s always claimed it’s a simple recipe so I thought I’d put that to the test.

“We timed the bake off so it was around the time of Shirati’s birthday – she’s a little girl we sponsor as an office. We invited people to bring in cakes to be judged, and others just to sell if they preferred. People were falling over each other to sit on the judging panel but in the end a couple of the guys decided to dress up and we had our very own Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in the building!

“I was surprised and proud to win – and it was great to know that the £250 we raised will help children around the world. It certainly made me feel a bit better about the extra calories.”

Ideas for you

  • Throw your own cake sale or bake off at work, church or school
  • Turn your next dinner party into a fundraiser
  • Organise a ‘safari supper’ with a different course at each friend’s house
  • Have a pudding party with three or four courses of desserts

 

A bit more adventurous

Of course, you might fancy doing something a little less everyday – like Sue, who decided to do a tandem skydive with two of her friends, raising £500.

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“I decided I wanted to raise money for Felix, who I sponsor through World Vision, and for his community in Bolivia. My friends really liked the idea and getting sponsorship for the jump was much easier than I thought. I set up a JustGiving page to collect donations, which was really straightforward. All I needed to do was encourage friends to sponsor me and World Vision did the rest – perfect.

“I won’t pretend jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet wasn’t nerve wracking – of course it was! But I knew I’d be harnessed to an instructor who did all the technical hard stuff, so I kept telling myself there was nothing to worry about.

“It was exhilarating, scary, truly wonderful and thinking about the jump still makes me grin from ear to ear. I would definitely do it again. In fact, I now quite like the idea of having a go without an instructor.”

Ideas for you

  • Dare your friends to join you in a bungee jump or fire walk
  • Run a marathon with a difference – look out for ‘extreme’ obstacle course races like Tough Mudder
  • Challenge your friends to do a virtual cycle ride at the gym
  • Try a long cycle ride like London to Brighton or even Lands End to John O’Groats
  • Plan a long hike with your friends abroad, like the Inca trail

 

Whatever fundraising feats you decide on, the World Vision fundraising team will be behind you every step of the way too – keeping in touch with you as you raise funds and celebrating your achievements as you help change children’s lives for good.

If you have any questions about fundraising, just give our fundraising team a call on 01908 24 44 17 or email us at fundraising@worldvision.org.uk

Get sponsored online

We’ve teamed up with Everyday Hero to make it quick and easy for you to create your personalised World Vision Fundraising page. Just head to Everyday Hero and:

  1. Create your page, add details of your event and why you support World Vision
  2. Send the link to your friends, or share it on Facebook
  3. They decide how much to donate, and we do the rest.

Once your online sponsorship page is created, we'll be in touch to share the ways we can support you as you organise your event or activity.

You can also use Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving for your fundraising page.

If you’re not going down the online sponsorship route, and your fundraising event involves raising money by selling tickets or by charging a fee, just register your details with us and we'll send you our Fundraising booklet, packed full of useful tips and information to get you started. You can also download a sponsorship form here »

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