Every donation, large or small will bring education, healthcare and safe water to communities in the Everest region of Nepal – and help keep Sir Ed’s legacy alive. The most important thing is to have fun, knowing your efforts will make a huge difference.
Here are a few of the best tried and tested fundraising ideas.
1. Hold an action
Hold an auction or a raffle and ask local businesses for support. Or you have a clear out and auction stuff you no longer need on TradeMe.
2. Hold a garage sale
Get rid of your unused gear that’s gathering dust and donate the proceeds.
3. Mufti day
Hold a fancy dress or dress-down day at work or school.
4. Bake sale
Holding a bake sale is a great and east way to raise money, whether at a fair, school or in the office. You could also sell jams and other reserves, and even include a guess the weight of the cake competition!
5. Sausage sizzle
The all-time favourite. Hold a sausage sizzle outside a local store (though make sure you ask permission first!
6. Quiz or bingo nigh
Hold a quiz night. You can find lots of pub quiz questions online. Or hold a Bingo night. You can collect entry fees to donate to the Himalayan Trust.
7. Movie night
Invite your friends or family round for a movie night and asking them to make a donation for the Himalayan Trust. Or go the extra mile, and hire your local cinema. Many cinemas offer special packages for fundraising nights.
8. Donate you birthday
If your birthday is coming up, ask for donations in lieu of gifts.
9. Sponsored challenge
Think of a physical challenge and ask people to sponsor you. It could be a walk, run, cycle, even a dance. How about walking 8,848m – the height of Everest!
10. Donation box
Put out a donation box at your work or a family business.
11. Clothes swap
Clear your wardrobe of clothes you no longer wear and get your friends to do the same. Invite them to your place, charge them an entry fee, and enjoy a clothes swap.
12. BBQ or wine tasting
Host a BBQ or perhaps a wine tasting evening. Ask your friends for a donation and them treat them to taste sensation. How about trying out a few classic Nepalese dishes?
13. Arts and crafts sale
If you’re feeling creative, create your own arts and crafts and sell them to raise funds. This could be anything from bracelets to artwork.
14. Fundraising chocolate or biscuits
Another Kiwi favourite – you could sell fundraising chocolate and biscuits at work or at school.
15. Car wash
Offer to wash cars for your friends and neighbours for a small fee.
Hold a themed lunch or dinner in your home where you cook a Nepali or Indian buffet banquet such as Daal Bhat (made with rice, lentils and vegetables) with the ticket price per head supporting the Himalayan Trust.
Hold a themed party for one of the many Nepali festivals such as the Nepali New Year in February, or Holi (the festival of water and colours also in February) or Tihar (the festival of lights in October/November).
Host a film night at your home with films related to the Himalayas such as Beyond the Edge or Sherpa. Invite friends around for a night in and collect donations on entry.
Have a Wear Red day at your school or office (the colour of the Nepal flag) and everyone who comes wearing something red makes a gold coin donation.
Hold a 30 day health challenge, such as giving up a coffee a day, and ask people to sponsor you to to raise funds for our health programme.
Host a book sale and sell your books to raise money for our education programme.
Put on a quiz night and invite your friends over. You could include some fun facts on Nepal such as how high is Mt Everest? What year did Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climb Everest?
Host a Nepal trekking challenge. Organise a day trek and ask for donations for people to join you.
Our supporters do some amazing things to raise money for communities in Nepal. What will you do?
For a little more inspiration, check out a few of our featured fundraisers: