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How to fundraise over one thousand pounds for your conservation placement!

Jenni Cowan is soon to embark on a five-month conservation placement in southern Africa. She will have the experience of a lifetime caring for injured and orphaned wildlife at Moholoholo, learning about life in the bush from experts on the Game Ranger Course, monitor elephants, leopards, lions and baboons at Tuli, join the Game Capture Team for all action animal relocation, and study whales and dolphins alongside marine biologists in the Indian Ocean.

Jenni has worked hard and shown initiative with her fundraising efforts. Here’s how, bit by bit, she has managed to raise over £1500 towards her placement.

By breaking up the cost of your placement into manageable chunks and then using lots of little fundraising ideas to reach that target, you can do it!

From Jenni:


I thought that a Ceilidh would be a fun way to raise money. It's rather stressful but worth it on the night. I got the local Masonic lodge in my town which was free and got my auntie to do the food as she is a caterer. I found the Ceilidh band through friends and then started to spread the word! On the night I did a quick talk on what I was doing and also had a raffle which raised more money. In total, I raised £372

Registered as a nanny

I managed to get my disclosure through my local church and got references from previous families. I had an interview with a company called Supermums which went well. Now I get a call to look after children in hotels, after-school clubs, nurseries or regular families. I do this on top of my full-time job. In total so far raised £600

Work raffle

I am a vet nurse and work at the local vets. I called up all the main drug reps and they donated gifts for my raffle. I have the raffle at 2 of the surgeries and currently have raised £200


My aunt is a caterer and therefore when weddings/functions happen I am always asked to help out. I have raised £200


I currently just had a disco last week which went well, it was very stressful just like the ceiling but well worth it. My friend is friends with a quiz master and offered free quiz night. I managed to have it in the local football function room which was big! Had a raffle there as well and some games in between. I managed to raise £600


I have been sponsored by a client at work for £100

Car boot sale

Happening on 28th March!