Adventure: UNICEF Everest Base Camp 2016
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I'm feeling so grateful for all the love and support behind our UNICEF Everest Base Camp Trek for Children. What an adventure! Nepal is an incredible country, filled with people so full of love and generosity. This trek to Base Camp was an eye-opening experience, one which will stay with me for life ❤️ #ontopoftheworld #wanderlust #thisisliving #reminiscing #unicef #everestbasecamp #trekforchildren #ivebeeninspired #himalayas #nepal
What inspired you to take on your first Inspired Adventure for UNICEF?
As a Qantas and UNICEF Change for Good Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to visit Myanmar on a UNICEF field trip. The trip was such an eye-opening and rewarding experience and it motivated me to do more. It was on this trip where I first heard about the trek to Everest Base Camp and I was keen to register immediately.
What made you decide to take on such a massive trek for UNICEF?
I love a challenge, especially when it is helping those who need it most. I believe that when you are granted an opportunity to help anyone in anyway, you should take it, which is why I trekked to Everest Base Camp in order to raise money for UNICEF.
You are clearly really involved and invested in the art of giving back to the community, what do you think is so exciting about being able to take on an adventure as well as give to a cause you care about?
Taking on an adventure when you know you are making a positive impact on the lives of those who are constantly faced with challenges makes it rewarding. It is so motivating when you have a goal, not only the goal of the adventure you’re undertaking, but also the goal of making a significant change.
"I believe that when you are granted an opportunity to help anyone in anyway, you should take it."
What are your total funds raised for Unicef so far? Are there any key fundraising ideas that have been the bulk of your success?
To date, I have raised $5,647.56. I found the best way to fundraise for me was to talk about my upcoming adventure to everyone, as well as posting the link to my fundraising page on all my social media accounts. I informed people of significant facts, for example, how 5 cents can provide clean drinking water for 2 days. This way people would understand how far their unwanted change would go, and know that no donation is too small.
What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?
Every time someone donated, it would make my day. Watching how quickly everyone’s donations added up was a highlight. All it takes is a little amount from lots of people and you can make a world of difference.
What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?
Initially, I think fundraising was a challenge, because I didn’t want to feel as though I was hassling people. It was tricky to find that happy medium where you have to let people know without being too pushy. Once I found a way to fundraise, which suited my personality, I was excited to inform people of where their donations were going and what they were providing for children living in developing countries.
Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?
I have always been an adventurous person with a love for travel. After this recent trip, I have discovered that I have a newfound love for trekking and I am definitely keen to go on a trek again, somewhere around the world.
"It is so motivating when you have a goal, not only the goal of the adventure you’re undertaking, but also the goal of making a significant change."
What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?
What are you waiting for? Just do it!
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