How much does it cost?

The minimum sponsorship amount for the challenge is £3800.  This covers both the costs associated with the challenge, and a donation to the charity of equal size.  In addition, there’s a £195 registration fee.

How much of my £3800 goes to the charity?

Some costs will fluctuate (particularly things to do with airports & flights) so I can’t give you an exact figure, but we’ve worked it out so that at least 50% goes to the charity – it’s an industry standard.  When you’re fundraising, we ask that you are clear when asked that you’re raising money to take part in the challenge.  There’s a whole bundle of regulations surrounding overseas challenges, and we comply with them!

Why should people sponsor me just to go on a holiday?

It’s not a holiday.  Seriously.

What you’re committing to is a year-long bout of fundraising, and a challenge at the end of it.  Some days you’ll be up at 4/5am to start trekking, and the longest trek day is over 10 hours.  It’s the experience of a lifetime, but it’s no beach break.  You need to train to get in shape, and you’ve got to deal with the altitude too.

Apart from that, the fact is that all fundraising involves costs.  And those costs fluctuate depending on the type of activity and the total that you want to raise.  Something like an overseas challenge gives ordinary fundraisers a goal, a target, and the inspiration to raise much more than they’d be able to otherwise.

We’re looking at raising over £35,000 from this challenge.  That’s a few times more than the Cornflower Ball raised in 2011, and not that much different to the Fun Run – which had 650 participants.

Why do you send a charity rep too?

We’re sending 16 people overseas, each of whom is raising thousands of pounds for the charity.  We value all our donors, every  single one, but when you’ve got that many major donors in one place at the one time it’s only polite to have someone there representing us.

Also Classic Tours ask us to.

I’m worried about the altitude.

The trip includes a few days acclimatisation before we start trekking.  This used to be 2 days, but Classic Tours increased it to 3 a little while back, and have seen huge benefits for participants.  A Doctor travels with the group to make sure that everyone’s ok, and we’re advised to drink the coca tea.  There are drugs you can take, but speak to your doctor.

The best way to deal with altitude is to get fit, and not worry too much about it.

I’ve got *no* idea how I’d raise that kind of money.

We know that Machu Picchu isn’t the cheapest of trips.  There are a number of different ways that you can fundraise, and we provide ideas and help along the way – there’s a list of ideas in the registration pack that we send.  Investigating things like matched funding schemes run by employers can be a big help.  Roping in friends and family to help is always a good plan.  You can fundraise in groups if you want, you can participate in various other activities and put that money toward your total – the Edinburgh Marathon, a skydive, a sponsored walk.  We can provide you with ID badges, letters of authorisation, tshirts, collection buckets and tins etc, all free of charge.  If you’ve got any questions or need any help, phone me in the office.  It’s what I’m here for!  0141 945 1077, Mon-Fri 9-5.

Love n stuff,

Sara

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