A Fundraiser's Story - Stephanie
Posted on: Monday 08/04/2013
I stumbled upon the PeopleGiving website while I was surfing the web, and decided that I'd make my next birthday a meaningful one by raising funds for charity. My plan was to ask for donations instead of gifts for my birthday this year. My campaign titled "Donating my 22nd birthday for charity" was created to raise funds for Rumah KIDS, a charity home I've chosen.
When my campaign first started, there were not many donors because I was too shy to ask for donations. I've never done anything like this, and approaching my friends about my campaign seemed undoable.
But about one week later, it suddenly struck me that I'm doing this to help the less fortunate and not for myself. So I started sending out personal messages to my friends through Facebook, telling them about my campaign and asking them to support me by donating or sharing my campaign page link. Not everyone replied, but it didn't stop me from continuing to send donation requests because I was determined to achieve my donation target. I really wanted to do something to give back to the society.
It was tough to raise RM2,200 in a month's time because my friends and I are still students, so we can only afford to donate little amounts. But I've always believed that no matter how small the donation amount, it can make a difference to the lives of the needy. In the end, I made it! I was in tears when I reached my donation target a few hours before my campaign ended. I'm really thankful for the support from my family members, friends, and other generous donors. I wouldn't have achieved my donation target without them. This is the best birthday gift I have ever received!
My advice to those who are hesitant to create campaigns is just do it. There are so many less fortunate people out there who need your help. I wouldn't say it'd be easy, but it won't be difficult if you're willing to put in the effort. In addition to that, don't feel shy asking for donations. People will not contribute if they're not asked. You'd be surprised how some people whom you think wouldn't donate actually do! Lastly, thank your donors promptly for their generosity in supporting you.
Let us all join hands to make the world a better place to live in!
By Stephanie Stephen Abok