Take on a 2022 challenge to help make a difference in Nepal.

For many of us, life over the last two years has been challenging with the nationwide lockdowns, rules and restrictions put in place due to the global pandemic. Our worlds may have shrunk during this time, but many people are embracing 2022 with bigger-than-ever dreams. So why not challenge yourself to raise money for Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN) at the same time? You’ll be working towards your 2022 challenge whilst fundraising to help make a world of difference in Nepal.

When we think of challenges, we’re not just focusing on active and physical pursuits (although trekking to Everest Base Camp is an option if you are interested in this epic adventure). Challenges can take on many forms. They can be creative such as learning a new skill, hobby, or a community-based activity, like volunteering with a group. Once you have set your sights on a challenge you’d like to achieve within the year, adding a fundraising element brings an extra level of motivation for you and your network of supporters. 

Friends, family, neighbours and colleagues will want to support you in your endeavour and giving to a charity can be a great way for them to feel involved. Through reading your story and donating to Pahar Trust Nepal, they’ll be supporting you on your challenge and feeling good by helping remote Himalayan communities in Nepal. We depend on the generosity of supporters like you to help fund our work to build schools and improve education.

So, where to start? You’ve set up a Just Giving page but what’s next? Two of our challenge-loving PTN supporters share their tips and advice on fundraising to get you inspired.

Paul Scraton, a key supporter and fundraiser for our 2021 campaign 30For30.

Paul says “my fundraising campaign for Pahar Trust Nepal involved running 30 half marathons over 30 weeks, so one benefit I had was time... I had nearly seven months to share my story and that of the Pahar Trust Nepal and to get people engaged. Key, as always, was close friends and family and spreading the word through the various networks we all have nowadays, including emails, WhatsApp and social media feeds. But don't underestimate the power of old fashioned word of mouth. It can sometimes be a bit strange to 'promote' yourself in this way, but I found that once I told people about what it was I was doing they were intrigued to hear more about the projects we would be supporting.

The key I think is to not just talk about 'raising money' but to talk about the projects PTN is supporting and also the place – Nepal seems to be a part of the world that is interesting for many people, especially those who enjoy adventure and the mountains. I was surprised at how many people have either been to Nepal, especially for climbing and trekking, or (like myself) have always dreamed of doing so. It is why I got involved with PTN in the first place, and I am sure it is why many of the people who sponsored my runs also wanted to get involved. A final tip, perhaps more useful for those doing a challenge that can be shared, is that I often had other people running with me over the course of the 30 half marathons. Each of those people had their own networks of family and friends who then discovered my challenge and the work of Pahar Trust Nepal, and it was always a good boost to the fundraising efforts on those weeks. Good luck!”

David Lawton raised funds to support projects for Deaf children in Nepal through multiple challenge events:

David comments “if you are thinking of challenge fundraising, book or plan your challenge/event well in advance, this will give you plenty of time to train and encourage friends and family to make donations. Tell as many people as possible about it, and then share it far and wide on social media. This way you’re accountable and stand more of a chance of succeeding. If your donations come from social media platforms be sure to thank people publicly/tag individuals. This reminds others of what you’re doing and encourages more donations. 

Find a social aspect to your challenge by having a training partner to make it more fun. Creating a training plan with bitesize goals makes it easier for your to achieve your challenge. It’s worth contacting local radio and newspapers to follow and feature your fundraising journey and share your challenges. You can also speak to shops and businesses about sponsorship in return for donations and talk to your own employer about potential match funding too. Whatever challenge you choose to fundraise, remember the ‘fun’ in fundraising. Enjoy what you’re doing and embrace the challenge.”

So, if you are taking on a challenge this year, let us know at info@pahar-trust.org . We have fundraising packs available, including Pahar Trust Nepal T-shirts, for anyone committed to raising funds for us. You’ll receive a medal on completion of your challenge too. Good luck!