10 Tips for Small Fundraisers

Fundraising was, for me, one of the hardest parts of the project. During a visit to a local high school, one of the teachers asked if I had any fundraising suggestions for the students who were training for their own charity bike ride.

My initial response was almost “Don’t be me”, but I restrained myself and suggested approaching local businesses and writing letters to philanthropists – two things I had not had the guts to do myself for my own fundraising, hence I was sure they
would be effective. (from the book, Cycle of Learning, page 56)

Since then I’ve had time to think about some more helpful advice. This is a list of 10 things I wish someone had told me before I had to learn it all the hard way.

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Essentials of long-distance cycling

Cycle touring can be done in so many different ways. One of the joys of travelling this way is finding out the routines, gear and approaches that suit you. All the cyclists I met had different priorities for how they travelled – for some, the need to be light and fast guided every choice in equipment and style of travelling. Others had particular comforts that took precedence – the ability to cook certain types of food, or to have music. Others had side projects that required consideration – photography, collecting stories, world record recognition and the regulations that went along with that. Some people wanted to travel the fastest route from A to B. Others were after the beautiful and wild scenery that comes with dirt tracks and out of the way places.

Given this diversity in priorities, there is no way to accurately recommend how others travel by bike.  This is the list of rig, maintenance gear, clothing and food that  worked for me.

Welcome to Cycle of Learning

Cycle of Learning book coverCycle of Learning began as a solo, unsupported, round-Australia bike ride with the aims of:

  • Supporting education in rural India
  • Sharing stories of young people who are the first in their families to access higher education
  • Promoting education as a tool for societal change
  • Speaking to Australian schools and community groups
  • Providing opportunities for students to engage with social justice, cycling as adventure, the concept of education as a path to changing their world.

And now it’s … a book.