Every year we try to come up with fund raising ideas to help out our twin school in Ewuaso, Kenya. It was our Millennium Pledge to help raise funds for this community so it could grow and prosper. We have very close links with this community. Fr. John Fortune the Parish Priest in Ewuaso has visited our school many times and has told us stories about Ewuaso and the progress that is being made. We take our relationship and friendship with the Ewuaso community very seriously and we do our best every year to raise as much money as we can to help fund community projects in their community and help send children our age to school in Ewuaso. For our Co-Operation is Cool Project this year we wanted to bring our local community together to enrich the lives of the people in our sister community in Kenya.
Coming up with Fund Raising Ideas
We were split into 7 different groups and brainstormed fundraising ideas. We discussed our ideas and we then created the different items we wanted to sell. Some groups did market research and surveyed the public about their product. The Products that we proposed include; Photo Frame, Pencil Toppers, Diesel Gloves, Door Signs, Slates, Dog Grooming, Bead Designs, Cookbook. We pitched some of our fund raising ideas to 3 local business people so we could get some feed back and advice. The Dragons encouraged us to be creative. It was decided that we would go ahead with the Cookbook as our main fund raising initiative.
Nessa is the Author of the cookbook ‘Apron Strings’. She gave us tips and advice on how to compile, create and go about making a cookbook. We asked for her thoughts on what direction we would take our cookbook. We decided on a cookbook that would showcase local family recipes and local remedies. We asked Nessa about promoting our book. We also discussed the target audience that we would aim our book at. She gave us advice about how to lay out our cookbook, photograph recipes and how to best advertise our cookbook.
We decided to have an enterprise day to raise money to fund the printing and advertisement of our Cookbook. Everyone was able to gain experience and create products to sell on the day. Family, Friends and Teachers all worked together to make the day a success. We used some of the ideas that were brought to the Dragons Den. We were split into 7 groups and each group sold various products. We made a grand total of €2312.11 to help fund our cookbook.
To cover the cost of the cookbook we decided to collect sponsorship from local businesses. All of the sponsors will have an advertisement placed in our cookbook. Collecting sponsorship along with the Enterprise day will allow us to fund the printing of our cookbook. When we started collecting sponsorship our initial target was €1,000. We were astounded by all of the local support and the final sponsorship raised was €3,140.
Making the DVD
David Quinn (Davie’s Dad) came in to help us to make a DVD about the recipes. Our Mothers and Grannies came in to discuss the different recipes in the cookbook and different techniques that they use while cooking. We all came up with questions to ask the Mams and Grans about cooking and we learned a lot. We learned lots about the different equipment that David uses to film with. David taught us how to use a camera properly and he explained how he cuts the videos.
Our Cookbook: Recipes and Remedies
Our teacher asked all of our class to bring in their favourite recipes. She also asked us to enquire about any local remedies that our parents or grandparents use. We also asked other children in the school to ask their parents or grandparents for some of their famous recipes. Members of the Local High Mileage Club donated recipes and remedies that we can use in our cookbook. Many Grandparents brought in great remedies and traditions that they have used and passed on to the next generation. We then read through all of the recipes and remedies together in class and decided on the ones that we wanted to include in our cookbook.