It was a great run though; I was fundraising for Oxfam for a little over a year, and managed to raise $16,909 from over 185 individual donations – I think that is a massive achievement!
Here is my thought process to the decision. It’s no secret that I want to make a real, ever-lasting difference in Nepal; I want to help rebuild sustainable structures that are natural-disaster resilient, and contribute to the lives of many.
To date, my efforts have made a contribution towards the acute-emergency response in Nepal, providing funding for clean water, sanitation and emergency shelters. Although, over 12 months on I no longer see value in working this way. Ideally, I would like to raise funds to redevelop some of the schools and community centers in areas close to where I visited in Nepal.
A new idea I’ve had lately which really lights me up; I’d even like raise funds to build a gym, which could provide opportunities for coach and athlete development in the Pokhara area. This excites me because it is related to my niche as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Exercise Scientist; and if the opportunity presents itself, I could use my expertise to empower others with my knowledge as well and the fundraising efforts.
I’m happy to know the money raised for Oxfam has gone into the emergency response. While I still admire the work they do, it’s just time I change direction and get more hands on in how the funds I’ve raised are spent and I’m really excited about that.
So I’d like to thank all the team of people I worked with over this time, and a special mention goes to Madelaine from the Community Fundraising department for putting up with me – I know I would have been a pain-in-the-butt for her at times. I wish her all the best and a sneaky congratulations for her soon to be new-born; Oxfam even sent me a thank you.
If you’ve read this far, you are probably asking yourself, “how am I going to donate to Trekking4Nepal now?” Never fear guys and gals… I have another exciting announcement to make in a few days. Stay tuned for the next installment of this blog!
Keep on Trekkin!