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I want to start a charity/do something for Vietnamese orphans? Watch

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    I'm really keen to do something to raise money to buy toys for Vietnamese orphans with learning difficulties and disabilities.
    I'd love to push myself e.g. something like cycling across the country (but less difficult! ha), get sponsors, and buy toys with that.
    I'd also like to turn it into something more long term, like an actual charity where people can go over and volunteer and also donate toys.

    What do you think?

    first check and see what charities are already out there, providing what you want to give-do lots of research as often there are really great charities who get overlooked.
    once you've found a charity to work with, look at how they've raised in the past for ideas.
    I think sponsorship is a brilliant idea- once you've decided something, make it a spectacle ie film yourself cycling round the country and post it on a special facebook page or dedicated twitter account and live tweet.
    to boost what you raise even further by asking local businesses in your town (big companies or small stores) to donate toys, money or vouchers to buy toys with or a large donation with sponsorship ie you wear their name or logo on your tshirt as you compete the event don't be afraid to talk to people, its scary to begin with but you soon get over it and its way worth it as it can double your funds.
    as a side fundraiser set up a raffle and encourage businesses to donate prizes to that. this should give a little boost as you collect the sponsor money. if the event is indoors (such as rather than actually cycling around, cycling the equivalent distance on an exercise bike or swimming 100 laps) then continue with the raffle and perhaps set up some other mini fundraisers to keep people entertained, village fete style

    good luck I hope you enjoy you raising and raise plenty of money to help
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