Top 5 Alternative Experiences

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Many weird and wonderful experiences seem to be popping up across the UK this year, last week saw the world’s first Wavegarden open in North Wales! Whether it is for a birthday, stag do or just a random day out it is time to get planning! We have picked out our top 5 alternative experiences across the UK that you and your friends must try this summer!

Tank Paintball Battles

As you can probably imagine this experience involves you riding around with 2 friends in a tank shooting paintballs at the enemy tank. You are taught how to drive the tank by looking through a periscope and how to load, aim and fire the cannon. This is a great group experience for any paintball fan or for anyone looking to let off some steam on the battlefield!

Flyboarding

This is probably the closest you will come to that hover-board that Back To The Future predicted. With flyboarding you will be strapped onto a board, which shoots jets of high-powered water from nozzles at your feet and on your arms allowing you to glide across the water or shoot upwards of ten metres.

Vampire Hunting

In a secret location in the village of Droitwich, you can become a vampire hunter for the day! You will be kitted out and trained by a group of ex-military experts who will prepare you for your vampire hunt. You will then be split into smaller groups and put through a number of different combat scenarios where you will be required to venture out into the streets for rescue and attack missions.

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Zombie Blitz

If Vampires aren’t your thing then how about escaping from a hoard of flesh eating zombies? Located in Waterloo tube station this experience is set in 1940 during the time of the London Blitz. You will venture as a group through a number of tunnels and play out different scenarios with characters that you will have to judge whether they are trustworthy or not. If running from zombies, getting trapped in pitch black rooms and being scared silly is your idea of a great day out then this interactive group experience is right down your alley!

Wavegarden

This lagoon, which opened last week in North Wales, allows surfers to try surfing on a number of different waves based on their experience. The technology behind the wave machines allows for perfect waves to be created from 0.7m to 2m high. This is the perfect training ground for surfers who want to be able to learn the basics or to perfect their technique in a safe and natural environment.

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With Shareagift you can save and collect money from friends and organise a great experience this summer. You can use Shareagift to save towards group experiences for any occasion from birthdays to stag dos or group office events. Shareagift is an easy, fast and convenient way to raise cash online for anything and everything!

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Top 5 Places You Won’t Believe Exist!

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Unforgettable Experience

If you are planning on going away with friends or family this year and are looking for something a bit different then Shareagift has you covered. This week we have sought out some of our favourite natural sights from across the world and they are all well worth a visit!

1 – Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. It is located on the Guiana Shield in Venezuela. It is considered one the oldest geological formations on earth and dates back over two billion years ago! At its highest point it is 9,219 feet high.

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2 – The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

This unusual train track is surrounded by greenery and has become a huge tourist attraction in Ukraine. The track is used for wooden work and a train transports wood to a local factory via this track three times a day. Legend says that couples who ride through the green tunnel and make a wish will get what they wished for.

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3 – Lake Hillier, Australia

Lake Hillier is a saline lake off the South coast of Western Australia. The lake water is permanently pink even when taken out of the lake and the colour is due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina which is a type of micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields. The chemical is often used in cosmetics and dietary supplements.

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4 – Naica Mine, Mexico

This mine in Mexico is best known for its extraordinary selenite crystals. It is a working mine and contains lead, zinc and sliver. The cave of crystals, which was discovered, whilst mining, is approximately 1000 feet below the surface in a large chamber. Hydrothermal fluids from the magma chambers below formed the crystals.

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5 –Seaside Park, Hitchai

This seaside park in Japan brings in thousands of tourists each year to admire its millions of flowers. Covering an area of 190 hectares, the park feautures blooming flowers all year round.

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If this has given you itchy feet then head over to Shareagift and start saving for this year’s ultimate group holiday. Shareagift is the easiest way to collect money online and you can use it to collect funds online for anything from group holidays to plane tickets and even shared meals. Collecting money online has never been so easy, so head over to Shareagift now and start a campaign today.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In Paris!

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Last week we took you on a wild tour of some of London’s most random pubs, this week we are crossing the channel to bring you some of the strangest and most amazing pubs that Paris has to offer. If you are planning a trip to Paris this summer, or are looking for a reason to visit the French capital then look no further. We have chosen our top 5 most random pubs across Paris that are well worth a visit.

1 – Lucha Libre – The French Wrestling Pub

This backstreet bar in Paris may not look much from the outside but it not only serves some of the best mojitos in the French capital, it has a real wrestling ring in the basement. The pub has a Mexican theme and they serve a selection of tapas and cocktails including 10 different mojitos.

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2 – Zero De Conduite – Childhood Memories

This bar in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood serves cocktails out of baby bottles which are named after children’s characters including Peter Pan and Snoopy. If you are looking for somewhere to kick back, suck on a bottle and watch some great cartoons then this is the place for you!

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3 – La Fee Verte – Absinthe Galore!

The Green Fairy is an old-fashioned café and absinthe bar in central Paris. This bar comes alive in the evening with a selection of different types of Absinthe served in the traditional manner. It can be drunk straight from the glass, with a spoon and sugar cubes or from the absinthe fountain on the bar.

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4 – Batofar – Paris’s Floating Bar

Batofar is a large docked boat and inside you will find one of Paris’s most intriguing bar and nightclubs. The venue is known for bringing in some of the most internationally renowned bands and DJ’s, and it is rare for there to be a night without music trailing off into the early hours.

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5 – Le Trucmush – Beer And A Bath

This quirky and weirdly decorated pub is a favourite amongst Parisian students. Many of the tables are made from strange household items including baths and sinks and the ceiling sports a retro disco ball with flashing neon lights. Happy hour lasts from 6 to 9 in the evenings and is usually accompanied with a themed night including karaoke and Mario Kart competitions.

Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 World’s Weirdest Hotels

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We all go to hotels to relax, put our feet up and relax in a calm and inviting environment. Or so that’s what most hotels aim to do… Today we look at the top 5 weirdest hotels: Where unoffensive decor and normal services are not on their list of priorities.

1. Hotel CasAnus

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As the name would suggest, yes, this little hotel is indeed a giant replica of the digestive system

STIAN_BUM HOTEL_IMAGE007 A HOTEL shaped like a COLON is getting rave reviews from punters…who are saying it is 'spicing up their sex life'. The CasAnus Hotel in Belgium offers couples a night inside a colon for just 120 Euros - around £100 - complete with a double bed, shower and central heating. Couples are flocking to the one-room hotel on an island near Antwerp to enjoy a night inside the colon, saying it's 'amazing'. The hotel was designed by Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout and is run by owners Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, who say the hotel is 'extremely popular' with couples. STIAN ALEXANDER 07528 679198

Located near Antwerp, Belgium, the large colon was, originally, a contemporary art piece by Joep Van Lieshout. It was turned into a hotel when Verbeke-Lens, the current owner, discovered that the vast space inside was suitable for nightly stays by travelers. For a very ‘modest’ fee of $150, you too can stay inside the only Anus hotel in the world.

2. Henna-na Hotel

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It may sounds like the start of every dystopian film but, in Japan, a robot hotel has recently opened its doors (automatically, of course).

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Robotic arm sorting out your luggage for you

Henna-na, literally meaning ‘weird’, is fully automated. Meaning you’re greeted by humanoid robots and a dinosaur that speaks English, your luggage is transported by machines and even your bed is made by a robot. There isn’t even the need for keys; every door has facial recognition technology.

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Creepy or amazing? You decide.

3. Propeller Island City Lodge

The name doesn’t give much away but this quirky little hotel in Berlin offers the unique experience of staying in different ‘concepts’.

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Upside down room

For example, you can choose to spend the night in an ‘upside down room’, where all the furniture is glued to the ceiling and everything is topsy turvy.

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Mirror room

If you felt that was disorientating enough, check out their Mirror Room.

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Finally, if you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to be dead – book a night in the Coffin Room… The design of the room is meant to recreate the feeling of resting in peace…

4. The Godiva Chocolate Suite

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If you have a ‘suite’ tooth, you’ll love this Valentine’s Day promotion at The Bryant Park Hotel, Manhattan. Every year, the hotel teams up with chocolatiers and artists to create a room made entirely of chocolate. Every wall is lined with chocolate and you can even see (and eat) a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”. Romantic! With a slight Hansel and Gretel vibe…

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Ali Larter (Heroes) not looking awkward at all whilst posing with chocolate “The Kiss”

5. Tianzi Hotel

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Last but not least is Guiness World Record’s “biggest image building”: Tianzi Hotel. Situated in Hebei, China; these three jolly dudes depict the Chinese gods of good fortune, prosperity and longevity. What’s more, you can book out the peach in Fortunes’s hand for a fruity stay!

With Shareagift you can see more of the weird and wonderful things out there in the world. Start a group fund so that you experience these unique places with your friends. Create a gift page on Shareagift today to start funding your ideal stay, whether it be totally bizarre or completely ordinary.

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Top 5 Jaw Dropping Ski Chalets!

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With the sun in the sky and a cocktail in hand the winter months seem so far away. However, in ski resorts across the world chalets, apartments and hotel rooms are being booked up for the winter season, with skiers and boarders ensuring they don’t miss out on this seasons snow. Ski holidays are a great opportunity to do something different with the family or with friends and we have scoured the globe and picked our top 5 favourite luxury chalets to get you in the mood for this year’s season!

Petit Palais, Courcheval, France

This stylish chalet includes a cinema, gym, swimming pool, sauna, 7 bedrooms and even your own nightclub with lights, dancefloor and decks! Petit Palais is situated just off the slopes and is available to ski in and out of. The diner hosts amazing views of the Alpes and even comes with a butler to serve you food and drinks and your own chef to cook you meals.

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Big Horn, Revelstoke, Canada

This 15,000sq ft. chalet in Canada features 8 en-suite bedrooms, a large indoor pool, cinema and even its own helipad! Located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain, it’s the perfect place for large families and groups. One of our favourite features is the outdoor hot tub that has an integrated sound system and overlooks the valley.

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Zermatt Peak, Zermatt, Switzerland

This luxurious chalet resembles something out of a Bond film. The property is decked out with walnut flooring, crystal chandeliers, multiple saunas and high end technology. The chalet is located in the centre of Zermatt and hosts breath taking panoramic views across the entire village and surrounding mountain ranges.

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Toit Du Monde, Val D’Isere, France

Toit Du Monde (Roof of the world) has been created from an old monastery and is the combination of two chalets. This property has cinema screens hidden away that appear at the touch of a button and swimming pools which emerge from underneath the flooring. On exploring the chalet you will also find two massage rooms, two wine cellars and 8 bedrooms with a ski in ski out basement.

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Akasha, Whistler, Canada

This mini palace built into the mountains of the famous resort of Whistler in Canada boasts amazing views and luxury beyond compare! Our favourite feature of this chalet is the indoor pool, which is watched over by carved totems. The pool is fed by a stream, which flows down over sculpted rock and into the hot tub carved from stone, all with amazing views of Whistler and the surrounding mountain ranges.

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If these chalets haven’t got you in the mood for this year’s ski season then we don’t know what will! Shareagift is the perfect platform to collect money from friends and family towards to ultimate ski break. Collect money online and fund an amazing winter holiday that you will never forget! A skiing holiday can also be a great group gift idea for a birthday present or even for a stag do, and Shareagift makes it easy for you to save towards the perfect present.

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Top 3 Alternative Family Getaways

For those of you sick of resorts, overcrowded swimming pools and clichéd family holidays, we’ve compiled our top 3 family holiday ideas for your benefit. Throw away those terrible Hawaiian shirts and the classic beach towel and prepare for the journey of your life exploring diverse cultures and unknown territories with your most beloved. All of the holiday ideas below are kid-friendly too!

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Camel Trek Along The Atlantic Coast (Morocco)

For a more laid back experience in Morocco visiting secluded fishing villages, Argan tree orchards and beautifully desolate sandy beaches, camel trek along the Atlantic Coast. The tour, led by local guides, usually lasts around 7-10 days.

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Essaouira, Morocco

You’ll pass through countless untouched beaches, the amazing sea caves of Cape Sim and even an ancient Portugese fort in Essaouira! Your evenings will be spent under the glittering stars, mesmerized to sleep by the sound of the waves crashing in. And you need not worry about carrying your stuff with you; the local guides have it covered utilizing the ‘camel-caravan’. The kids will love it too, there’s no strenuous activity required and there is the possibility of surfing and other water-sports in Sidi Kaouki.

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Live In A Lighthouse (Loch Ryan, Scotland)

As new technologies take over, the need for lighthouses in ship navigation is in decline. Leading many to be transformed into unique accommodation with an exceptional view. This particular lighthouse in Loch Ryan can accommodate up to 6 people with a renovated modern interior and all the facilities you’d need for a perfect holiday. Nature-lovers can spend time watching the wide variety of flora, seals and deer frolicking in the wild. Just nearby is the Isle of Arran. Easily accessible by boat, the small island offers flawless beaches, amazingly picturesque treks and you can even abseil over a waterfall for those looking for a rush.

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Annapurna Foothill, Nepal

Take Your Family Through The Himalayas (Nepal)

When you think of the Himalayas, I bet ‘I’ll take my kids there’ doesn’t cross your mind for a second. But little do people know that at the bottom of the mountain there is a foothill that seems like it was designed for family trekking. It is low-altitude and the area is dubbed as the ‘Himalayan Playground’ for kids of nearby villages. Along the 8-day trek, you’ll appreciate the beautiful trees and amazing views of the Annapurna Range. Meet local families and learn more about the diverse culture of the Nepalese people. Finally, to really excite the kids, you can go on a safari in search of Bengal tigers!

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Top 5 Most Dangerous Places On Earth

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Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Considered by many to be a masterpiece of construction, although it is not the tallest, longest or widest bridge in the world it is still one of the most recognisable. The bridge is also known as suicide bridge because it is thought to be the world’s premier venue for suicide. Take a look at our pick of five of the world’s most dangerous places, which include shark infested waters, sand storms and volcanic smog.

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On average the golden gate bridge has one person jump to their death every two weeks, and more than 1,500 to date! Many more consider jumping but decide against it. According to the local police force it is rare for a week to pass without a golden gate bridge related incident. John Bateson a former crisis centre director stated ‘ There is a kind of allure to the bridge, for a brief period people receive attention in death that may have been denied in life’.

The African Lake Of Death

Lake Kivu lies on the border between the Deomocratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The water at the bottom of this lake is heavy with dissolved gas. The lake contains an estimated 256 cubic kilometres of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 65 cubic kilometres of methane. If released from the depths, the gasses could spread through the air and wipe out the 2 million Africans who live in the lake’s basin. Lakes in Cameroon with similar gasses have erupted in the past, one killing 37 people and the other wiping out 1700 villagers from the exposure of toxic gas.

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Death By Sand

In China, the Minqin County , in northwest Gansu province, is soon to be wiped out by two merging deserts. The Tengger desert approaches from the southeast and the Badian Jaran approaches from the northwest. Trapped between the two this area is slowly being overrun by sand storms and daylong winds. The Chinese government has started relocating residents as this area will soon become a sandy wasteland open to the elements.

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Volcano Central

Mount Merapi is located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta. Even during its calmest days smoke floats out of the volcanoes mouth, blackening the sky around it. It has erupted 60 times in the past five centuries with the most recent eruption in 2006. Around 200,000 villagers live within 4 miles of the volcano and many have been killed or severely injured by the hot gas and lava that the volcano spurts out.

Shark Infested Waters

Volusia County, located in the east central part of the U.S state of Florida has more recorded shark attacks than anywhere else on earth! One of the more popular beaches of the region, New Smyrna, fills with surfers each summer and many who hit the waves suffer from shark attacks. Luckily the majority of the shark attacks are not fatal with many just being nips and small bites.

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If you’re a thrill seeker or a daredevil and want to take someone away with you, you can use Shareagift to collect funds with friends online and go on the ultimate thrill seeking adventure. Whether it be skydiving for a chosen cause or visiting shark-infested waters with friends, Shareagift can help you fundraise, collect money online or group gift the perfect adventure!

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About The World We Live In!

It was announced today that the UK population grew by almost half a million last year and that no country of the UK or region of England experienced a population decrease! Here at Shareagift we love learning about new and interesting ways in which our world is changing! We have put together a list of 15 facts that we find amazingly interesting about the world we live in today.

  1. Every house in Bermuda produces its own water supply by using rain-catching roofs.
  1. Downloading copyrighted material in Switzerland is legal!
  1. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as women in nineteenth-century England!
  1. Around the world approximately 37,000 child marriages take place each year.
  1. No one knows how many people live in the country of Bhutan. As of 1975 no census has ever been taken.

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6. After Rhode Island accidentally legalised prostitution, reports of rape decreased!

7. Buying or selling chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.

  1. 90% of all adoptions in Japan are adult adoptions.
  1. There is around 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.
  1. It’s a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
  1. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.

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  1. The total weight of all the ants on earth is greater than the weight of all the humans on the planet.
  1. Italian banks accept Parmesan cheese as collateral for loans.
  1. The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.

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  1. Rain of fish is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.

Want to discover some world facts of your own? Use Shareagift to raise money for all sorts of experiences for you and friends, from honeymoons to wedding anniversaries and birthday presents, or even just a well deserved holiday!

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Kaye’s Friends Raise Cash to Send Her to Bali and Sydney

At Shareagift we have a wonderful time discovering all the causes and experiences that our users raise cash for. One brilliant example is Kaye. In celebration of Kaye’s 50th birthday this year (happy birthday!), her sister-in-law, Jacky, created a Shareagift page in order to collect funds to enable Kaye to fulfill her dream of visiting a spa retreat in Bali and travelling to beautiful Sydney. What a birthday gift!

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Jacky and Kaye’s friends originally intended to raise sufficient cash to fund her hotel and spa in Bali. However, in less than two weeks, Kaye’s friends raised over £1,200, which was more than double the original target!

Not only that, but Jacky also referred to Shareagift as a “virtual piggybank” – and we think that this term is a pretty cool way of describing what the website does.

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All that is left is for Kaye to revel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, relax in an idyllic spa and take in the breathtaking scenery of Bali before jetting off to Sydney to immerse herself in the bright lights of the city. Sounds all right to me.

We, at Shareagift, hope that you have an incredible time Kaye!

If you dream of far-off shores, don’t leave it at just that – dreams. Collect funds with Shareagift and you too can breathe in the sites and sounds of the tropics!

Fundraising Gone Mad: Innovative and Unique Charity Campaigns

Personal fundraising has traditionally been centred on going out of your comfort zone in the name of charity. However, some individuals have taken fundraising into the Twilight Zone. Below are some wacky and innovative fundraising campaigns:

1. Justin Bieber – The Ultimate Fundraising Mechanism

The Evanston Township High School in suburban Chicago fundraised to save a popular arts centre by blasting out the song ‘Baby’ by the sworn enemy of melodies, Justin Bieber. Passing students were only able to stop the onslaught by donating. Amnesty International was quick to condemn the fundraiser.

2. The World’s Largest Water Slide

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Two fun-loving Kiwis, Jimi Hunt and Dan Drupsteen, devised a fundraising campaign that consisted of constructing the world’s biggest water slide in Auckland. The fundraiser and its 650 metre slippery shoot raised funds and awareness for those battling depression, during a two-day festival in February 2013.

3. Wearing the Same Dress for a Year

In 2009, upon launching the Uniform project, Sheena Matheiken pledged to wear the same black dress every day for an entire year. She raised over $100,000 in donations for the Akanksha Foundation. Several men around the world have repeated such a fundraising campaign, focusing on wearing the same clothes for a year, albeit without raising funds for charity.

4. Spider Lock-in

Australian Nick Le Soeuf spent three weeks locked behind a shop facade with three hundred poisonous spiders to raise funds for Variety, a children’s charity. His previous fundraising campaigns have included stints in a snake pit and a shark tank. He is no long particularly fussy about where he goes on holiday.

5. ‘Friends’ Marathon

Steve Misiura watched watched 238 episodes (over 84 hours) of Friends to raise funds, through donations, for a course at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Sources suggest that he snapped after the 77th declaration of “We were on a break!”

6. Stormtrooper Walks Across Austrailia

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Star Wars enthusiast, Jacob French, walked 5,000km across Australia dressed as a Stormtrooper in aid of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which fundraises for entertainment, education and family outings for sick children. Fellow travellers in the bush were relieved to find out that they hadn’t hallucinated a stormtrooper as a result of weariness.

Now such lengths are not required because Shareagift makes fundraising easy and seamless!