I signed up. I paid my money, I filled out the form, and I signed up. The Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure starts here.
I saw the doctor last week, and it was probably one of the fastest check-ups ever. I explained I was travelling to the Arctic Circle next year, he raised an eyebrow. I told him I wanted a clean bill of health before signing up. He checked my notes, listened to my chest, confirmed that there wasn’t anything I was currently suffering with, and ordered a variety of blood tests — just to be thorough.
I asked, “Should I be concerned by the trip down the stairs I had a few years back? Before the Peru adventure?”
“Do you have any symptoms now?” He responded
“Then I’m sure it’s fine.”
And that’s it, it’s official — short of the blood tests showing up anything alarming (which, let’s face it, they won’t): I am healthy. I won’t say “fit and healthy” as there is a lot of fitness work to go between now and next March — along with a lot of fundraising.
The fundraising goal is £6,000 which seems insurmountable — but the way I see is if I can get 60 companies to each donate £100, then I’m set. The publicity and promotion machine must now get to work.
Speaking of publicity, a special thank you goes out today to David Gallagher, the Senior Partner / President of Ketchum Pleon PR who kindly retweeted a link to my JustGiving page. Thank you, David! Also worthy of heartfelt gratitude for a retweet is John Williams, author of the inspirational book Screw Work, Let’s Play — his 30 Day Screw Work, Let’s Play Programme has given me some much needed support and contacts.
As mentioned, I have already set up a JustGiving page, along with a Facebook page, and a LinkedIn group. Take up of memberships to the social media pages has been slow getting started — I expected donations to take a lot of work, but have been surprised by a lack of interest to join the Facebook page.
Donations, on the other hand, have started strong — I have received to date two donations of £50 each, which means I only have £5,900 left to raise. One of the organisers of the Hacker News London Meetup group has agreed to put out a message to the group about my fundraising adventure, for which I am very grateful –I was hoping this might be a way to find 60 companies each willing to make a £100 donation, but that might have been a little optimistic.
I am now wrestling with myself over whether I should ask more groups I am associated with through my work for their help, or whether I should keep a separation between the two.
The message remains the same however: all donations, of any size, are equally welcome — and if you are unable or unwilling to donate, there are other ways you can help. You can help by telling people about my adventure, and why I am doing it. You can help by finding out if there is anyone in your company I can ask for a donation from. You can help by suggesting big companies with PR budgets I could talk to. You can help by suggesting press contacts who would be interested in my adventure. Or you can help by just giving me messages of encouragement — it’s all welcome.