Collecting Money From Colleagues Across The World

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Leaving Gift

Oliver was put in charge of organising a leaving gift for his friend and colleague Kat who was leaving work to relocate to Miami. We spoke to him about his experience using Shareagift and the challenge he faced in collecting money from colleagues across the world.

miami-180039

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Kat’s gift? 

I wanted to organise a leaving gift for Kat, who is a colleague and has been with our company for 11 years, but she had been working in remote locations across the USA and in Asia.

I was faced with the challenge of collecting money from people who live across the world in remote locations. The collection scheme service that Shareagift provides was perfect as I did not have to worry about collecting money from people living in places like Singapore, where they have very complex banking transfer systems.

singapore-920-300

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It was brilliant, fast and convenient for everyone living outside the UK. Also, those living in the UK contributed to the page as they are less and less used to carry cash around.

What gift will you be getting Kat?

Kat is relocating to Miami with her family. We are offering her spa treatment in one of these big hotels on the Florida Coast to relax after the relocation stress!

watercolor-santa-rosa-beach-spa-header

If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

Any friend or colleague that I want to organise a collection for, it’s so convenient!

Through Shareagift Oliver was able to collect £160 from friends and colleagues across the world for an amazing spa treatment for Kat. Shareagift helps companies across the world collect money for group leaving and retirement gifts to send colleagues off in style.

button

Top 5 Weird Food Festivals

Food does have its share of spontaneity and adventure to it. Pay a visit to these weird food festivals and taste the popular local delights. You never know what you might end up tasting!

1. RoadKill Cook-off, West Virginia

Squirrel gravy biscuits, tacos filled with armadillo and various other specialties have made the roadkill cook-off popular. Dishes are prepared with animals that often meet their end in traffic accidents. Similar versions of this food festival have been started in several countries. The winner of the cook-off is awarded the Roadkill title.

1

2. BugFest, North Carolina

Last year’s theme was stinkbugs and the festival hosted more than 35,000 visitors. Insect delicacies like Quivering Wax Worm Quiche sell out quickly. Insect dishes prepared by local chefs, competitions like Roach Races and other insect displays are some of the attractions at the festival.

2

3. Testicle festival, Montana

An adult-only feast, special delicacies include the Rocky Mountain Oysters, which are deep fried bull testicles. The testicle festival also involves oil wrestling and wet t-shirt competitions. The testicle festival is growing popular and has been started in several other countries for the lasting taste that the bull testicles have.

3

4. L’Aplec del Caragol, Spain

12,000 snail club members and 25,000 visitors eat 12 tonnes of snail at this annual snail festival. Along with the fireworks and music playing around the clock, new snail dishes are on the menu every year. A tourist attraction as well, the snails do offer incredible variety to your palate.

4

5. Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Florida

Fellsmere calls itself as the Frog Leg Capital of the World and holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of frog legs served in one day. Around 7,000 pounds of frog legs are served to over 80,000 visitors. The festival began as a fundraiser but it has gained so much popularity that even Barack Obama attended it!

5

A trip to these weird food festivals will surely make for a great dinner with friends and family. Have some better ideas for hosting a dinner party? Use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and satisfy the foodie in you by experimenting with new food. Start a page on Shareagift today and never forget to explore.

button

Related blogs:

Top 5 Weird Food Combinations That Work

Top 5 Cheap Eats in London

TOP 5 MOST FORBIDDEN PLACES AROUND THE WORLD!

These forbidden places are sure to impress you and set you off with some surprise. Find out why they are off-limits for everyone!

1. Whites Gentleman’s club, London

Built in 1674, this is the most exclusive gentleman’s club in the world. The club’s members include the most elite like Prince William, Prince Charles and a few former Prime Ministers. The club is used to host private events that the public is not privy to. To join the club, you need to have an invitation from the members of the club or have access to the password.

1

2. Area 51, USA

A place that is growing popular because of the level of secretiveness and mystery associated with it, the primary purpose of Area 51 is unknown as the government has never disclosed it. Believed to be a site for aerial surveillance programmes, conspiracy theorists believe that Area 51 hosts communication with the aliens.

2

3. Jiangsu National Security Education Museum, China

The museum is strictly restricted to Chinese citizens only and thus foreigners are not permitted. However, no photography is allowed and anyone who visits the museum is permitted from speaking about it, as per Chinese policy. The museum consists of all the documents and gadgets that date back to the 19th century.

3

4. Metro – 2, Russia

Metro-2 is the secret underground system codenamed as D6, and is believed to be operated by the Ministry of Defence. It lies 200 metres underground and is believed to be larger than the public underground system. This was first found by urban explorers and was later confirmed by American Intelligence officers.

4

5. Javari Reserve, Brazil

The Javari Reserve has the largest concentration of uncontacted tribes in the world. Satellite imagery shows at least 14 tribes still existing because of why the Brazil and Peruvian government strictly regulate who can visit. The Javari Reserve is a part of the Amazon jungle and is nearly half the size of Florida.

5

Travelling around the world is one of the best experiences anyone could have. Get a chance to be a part of that experience by starting a page on Shareagift to raise money. Collect money online and gift an unexpected surprise with Shareagift.

button

Kasondra Gets A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Relaxing Getaway

This week we spoke to Shadia about her Shareagift campaign to send her friend Kasondra on a birthday getaway! Kasondra works a very busy job and only gets one day off a week so for her birthday, Shadia thought it would be a great idea to get all Kasondra’s friends to chip in towards a long weekend away in the coastal town of Monterey, so she could relax and have a few days to herself. Here’s what Shadia had to say about her campaign and Shareagift experience.

800px-South_Monterey_Bay

What gave you the idea to create a Shareagift page and start collecting money for Kasondra?

I used Shareagift a few years ago to help raise funds to bring my mother to Lebanon for the first time. She’s first generation Lebanese but had never been! So when I was thinking of Kasondra’s birthday coming up, and I knew I wasn’t going to be in town to help her celebrate, I thought the best thing would be to crowdfund a mini-vacation, as she works far too much and could do with a break. The Shareagift platform worked great before and so I decided to use it again.  

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page was really instrumental because I could load pictures and links. Being able to share the link via Facebook, Twitter and email was awesome, all the info was right there.

How much of an impact will this money have on your friend?

The gift came at a great time, this is what Kasondra emailed me the other day; 

b0f304e0-1657-4da1-973c-51897538dfd8_0

This is one of the sweetest things anyone has every done. And it makes me feel so loved and supported to see this list of people who helped in this wonderful gift. Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this e-mail and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed, that I am surrounded by an amazing group of wonderful friends.”

She hasn’t gone on the vacation yet but she will in the fall, I’m going to help her plan it and I’m sure some rest and relaxation outside of our busy lives will be just what she needs.

If like Shadia you think that one of your friends could do with a relaxing getaway, a great birthday or thank you gift or simply a surprise to cheer them up, then head over to Shareagift, create a page, invite friends and start raising money!

button

Stories From Other Shareagifters:

Honeymooning In Orlando

Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun, and Shareagift!

Saving Igor’s Fantasy Football League

Raising Money For The Victims Of The Nepal Earthquake

Dave’s Friends Send Him To Frankfurt In Style!

Helping Shaun After His Business Burnt Down

Top 5 Breathtaking Pools From Around The World!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Well Deserved Break

It was announced this week that the Irish developer Ballymore plans to build an all glass swimming pool in the sky in Nine Elms, London. It will be completely structure free and rest between two apartment buildings. Many have slated the idea saying that there is a reason it has never been done before. We think it’s a great idea and it has inspired us to scour the Internet and bring you our top 5 most breath taking pools from around the world.

Sky Pool London

The Cambrian, Switzerland

This infinity pool in the Cambrian hotel is part of their luxury spa. This heated outdoor pool is surrounded by magnificent views of the Swiss Alps and trails off into a nearby stream. The hotel is open throughout the year giving skiers and walkers alike somewhere to relax after a long day up in the mountains.

The Cambrian outdoor pool

Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania

This pool in Sanctuary Swala resort in Tanzania overlooks a water hole in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park. Elephants, antelopes and all sorts of wildlife run free and this is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of them. The pool is a favourite amongst holidaymakers who need somewhere to cool down and escape from the baking heat.

Sanctuary Swala Pool

Golden Nugget, Las Vegas

The Tank in the Golden Nugget complex in Las Vegas boasts a 3 story waterslide, a shark tank, hot tubs, bar service and 15 private cabanas. You can swim right up to the shark tank and even book a guided tour by a marine biologist who will talk you through all the sea creatures that live within the pool complex. Whether you want to bask out in the desert sun or take shade and relax in the indoor pool, this complex is any water lovers ultimate dream!

golden nugget pool

Giola Lagoon, Greece

This natural natural pool is situated near the village of Astris on Thasson in the Greek Islands. It looks and feels like a swimming pool however the natural phenomenon was created by water eroding the nearby rocks to create the pool. The rocks are terraced like and so are easy to walk on and the sun-rays mixed with the colour from the water and rocks give this pool its green tint

thassos giola lagoon

Hanging Gardens Ubud, Bali

This tiered infinity pool at hanging gardens Ubud in Bali is set on top of a cliff and is surrounded by the rainforest. Each room in the hotel has its own private infinity edge pool and they are all joined by a small flowing stream.

Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel Pool

Have you ever thought about owning your own swimming pool or hot tub in your garden or know someone that desperately wants one? Or perhaps you and your friends love to swim and you long to visit somewhere that offers an exotic pool. Or maybe you know someone that deserves a relaxing spa day. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online, you can collect money from friends towards an amazing group trip, experience or a group gift like a spa day for that friend who deserves a relaxing break.

button