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China Dilemma...please help by Palinite14 on 24 September 2004 5:52pm
About six months ago I signed up for a three- to four-week expedition to China that our school is going to be running next summer. I have about eleven months to raise £2,300 for the trip (like the other thirty who are going) and I do not know how I am going to do it, especially as I have now heard several other people are just getting their parents to pay (which I think is unfair).

This is not an attempt to grub money off my fellow Palinites, but a plea for advice- should I stay on the expedition team, and take on the challenge of raising that amount of money, or should I pull out, and owe my parents the deposit they have already paid (which will take over 3 years)?

Of course I really, really want to go to China and be part of the team, but I have Standard Grade exams this year which will require a lot of revision and concentration, and fundraising on top of that would make it hard to apply myself to the schoolwork. I don't know what to do. The teachers who are organising it seem to be leaving things a bit late as we have not yet had any advice on how to raise personal funds.

Can anyone advise me on what to do? I will have to decide soon (next fortnight or so) whether I am pulling out or not...and that would be a shame, since I want to travel as much as I can.
Re: China Dilemma...please help by Helen on 24 September 2004 5:54pm

Re: China Dilemma...please help by sminobe on 24 September 2004 6:33pm
By all means, GO! It will certainly make it a year to remember...

Fundraising ideas:
1) Some kind of a walk/bike-a-thon (maybe some of your classmates whose parents aren't footing the bill can also participate).

2) A lot of car washes

3) Even more candy sales

4) A benefit performance of some show (theaters usually have group rates just for that purpose -- you buy the tix cheap & sell them at the regular price or even a higher rate if you include a party). Perhaps, you should suggest that the school sponsor this for the benefit of all the students going on the trip.

Good luck!
Re: China Dilemma...please help by Helen on 24 September 2004 9:25pm
all good ideas!
One time, my band sold candy bars to help fund a demo tape. It helped immensely. No one can turn down chocolate.
Also-- do you have a birthday coming up? Ask people to chip in instead of getting you gifts.

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