Raise some Funds for us?!
Lots of people all over the UK and in the USA have really enjoyed raising funds to help construct schools through Building Schools for Africa. Why not join in wherever you live? Organise an enjoyable event and raise some money for this very worthwhile cause. If you are stuck for ideas of how to go about raising money have a look at what others, mentioned on this page, have done …. it may give you the inspiration you are looking for!!
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It is now ten years since we started fundraising for Building Schools for Africa – and we have enjoyed far greater success than we had ever imagined. We saw our first school built in 2007 and filled with enthusiastic pupils who were eager to learn and the support keeps coming. We have now funded the construction of more than 250 classrooms at over 80 schools, plus the refurbishment of many small medical centres, the construction of a new water supplies for an entire villages, a bridge to help children reach school in safety and a dormitory to accommodate more than 20 disabled students.
We are thrilled with the support we have received for these projects, and heartfelt thanks go to all our supporters over the years.
If you are organising a fundraising event for us, you might like to create your own fundraising page through JustGiving. Your supporters could use this page to send money directly, and securely, through to Building Schools for Africa. Please go to
www.justgiving.com/buildingschoolsforafrica and follow the simple steps for setting up your own fundraising page.
Andrew Hindle sets himself a REAL challenge
Following his trip to Cameroon with the BSFA trustees, Andrew set himself a challenge to raise £20,000 in 2015, in order to fund classrooms and a new latrine at the primary school at Ngouekong (West Cameroon), water for the whole village and equipment for the Health Centre there. So far he has taken part in a sponsored Mud Run and organised a splendid Midsummer Ball at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Triathlon. Andrew is one of life’s enthusiasts who seems to have the nack of making things happen – we suspect that the whole-hearted support of his wife, Linda, probably has something to do with it!
Market Makers really enjoy a challenge
Not content with climbing Mount Everest (!) for us, the intrepid folks at Market Makers have also undertaken the Three Peaks Challenge, a charity football match, a Triathlon which included swimming the Solent, and the London to Paris cycle ride! They are obviously a lot fitter than we are!! Two of our trustees decided to take part in the (slightly) more sedate winter fundraiser – a black tie ‘do’ and auction …. that’s probably more our style!!
In 2015 they REALLY upped their game with their Mission to London challenge. Staff members asked friends and family to sponsort their attempts to either run, cycle, kayak or skydive into London!! Superfit! Fundraising heroes!
Fundraising Efforts by Generous Children
Olly Gompels raised over £300 for us by selling t-shirts at his school sports day – such enterprise!
Amelie Hindle and her little brother Fraser really went the extra mile for us! They undertook a challenging 10 mile sponsored walk and raised an amazing £700. The following year Amelie decided to cash in on the new craze of Loom Bands and made a whole load which she sold to raise £37 for us! That’s an awful lot of rubber bands!! Then, following in dad’s footsteps, Amelie undertook a junior triathlong this summer. She is a champion fundraiser. Thank you Amelie.
Alex Jones was just six years old when he raised £30.60 for BSFA by making and selling cakes at his school. He even publicised the sale by making a megaphone out of rolled-up wallpaper! Alex would like his donation to be spent on providing clean drinking water for the children in Cameroon – and that is exactly what will happen.
Huge thanks are due to Kate and Sam Cambridge, who asked for donations to BSFA instead of wedding presents. Generous friends and family raised over £2000 which went towards the construction of GS Mfe Mback-Mbock.
Marathons and Extreme Marathons!
Following on from the success of the Heriot Watt Rag Week students Hairy Haggis run in 2008, another intrepid team entered this terrific ‘relay’ marathon in Edinburgh in 2009 and raised close on £1000 for us. Huge thanks to Geoff, Frank, Ita and their other team mates for making this considerable effort for us. I think they won’t mind my saying that they aren’t quite in the same age bracket as the team of university students!
Massive thanks, too, to those fabulous folks who have run the London Marathon and the Amsterdam Marathon and to Kathy Marriott for undertaking the Great South Run – all to raise money for the children of Cameroon.
However Carmine de Grandis, a teacher from Norfolk, decided to take things a bit further for us!! He took up running extreme marathons. He completed the Alpine Marathon in Switzerland and followed this with High Peak Challenge – 40 miles off road!! He is super fit … and a super supporter! Mille grazie, Carmine!
Harry Ford Climbed Kilimanjaro.
“I had always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but never thought I would be able to do it. I decided to raise money for Building Schools for Africa, so I trained hard and received an incredible amount of support which led me to raise £2,466 for BSFA.
The climb up was tough but by far the best experience of my life. I would like to thank the team at BSFA for their support and I would encourage anyone else who can, to give Kilimanjaro a go!!”
Please watch the film clip below, made by Justin Addleton – the brains behind the fundraiser. It shows what a difference is made to the lives and the prospects of children when they have a dry and hygienic school building in which to study.
A Wild Affair
A hugely successful lunch party with plenty of excellent food and wine, a bumper raffle and a silent auction, accompanied by swing bands, brass bands and jazz bands, was held in September 2009 in Gloucestershire. The aim was to raise the money for one school but they excelled themselves and raised enough for two schools, two wells and the completion of another drinking-water supply!! Our very grateful thanks to Nicky Colwyn and her team for all their hard work to put on this fabulous event.
Try singing? …or perhaps Bingo?!
So many people on the Isle of Wight seem to enjoy singing – and supporting our charity. Thanks to everyone who has taken part over the years. Perhaps other enthusiastic singers would like to organise a ‘Turn up and Sing’ event to raise money for us. Or what about a Bingo Night? We had a fabulous night on the Island, with loads of friends playing Bingo … and emptying their purses into our funds. It’s all been great fun.
Cycle the Wight 2008, 2009, 2010
A group of around 20 enthusiastic cyclists of all ages join in the annual Wayfarers Cycle the Wight on the May bank holiday weekend for three years running. Our trustees provided them with a slap up lunch after their ordeal. It was a great way to keep fit and raise money.
Schools who support us
Many schools in both the UK and the USA have undertaken a variety of fundraising activities to raise money for us. Baking cakes to sell is always popular!
Lambeth Academy held an amazing Comedy Night featuring Jo Brand, Mark Thomas and many other comedians. They also ran a Kareoke night featuring the Rockeoke Band and some members of staff still had the energy to take part in the Three Peaks Race. This was a mamoth fundraising appeal, over a period of two years, and raised sufficient funds to construct 6 classrooms, a Headteacher’s office, a new toilet block and a drinking water supply at IPS Bamali.
Amherst Regional High School, Mass, USA have raised round $50,000 over the past few years to fund the construction of 3 classrooms and a toilet block at the village of Ber, 3 classrooms and a latrine at IPS Rifem and a much-needed water supply in the extremely remote village of Nkanchi. They have been really inventive in their activities, which included a talent show, a duck race and a Man Pageant (a spoof on Miss America!) This is fabulous support which we really appreciate.
Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen, raised over £5,000 in 2016 by organising a strenuous End2End Bike Ride with a group of students and a couple of members of staff cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats!! A brilliant effort during a not-quite-so-brilliant British summer!
Dixie Heights High School, Kentucky USA ran a couple of talent shows which raised almost $2,000 for us which was used to provide more benches for the school at IPS Bamali.
Albany Science College, Lancs undertook to devise, design and set up some very special Christmas Games stalls to raise money for us at a school fayre.
Norwood Green Infants and Nursery School proved that even the youngest of schoolchildren want to help the children of Africa. They sent us the funds they raised one summer at their International Picnic. We were so touched by their generosity.
Many, many other schools have chosen Building Schools for Africa to benefit from their fundraising activities – and we would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
Each school that raises funds for us now gets featured in our News page. We try, in every case, to let the school involved know exactly what their donation has been spent on.