We wanted to share some of the fun, wacky and downright barmy fundraising activities that people in the We Are Tearfund community have taken part in over the years. Here are just a few of the stories and initiatives people have dreamed up.

Whether we raise a little or a lot – when we stand together and choose to make a difference, the impact is significant. It’s an honour to be part of a community who are passionate about playing our part and actively hoping for a better world.


Joanna, our remarkable runner, has run three half marathons this year, an impressive 39 miles! She is 18 years old and committed to waking up early to train, eating healthily and pulling those trainers on again and again and again. What an incredible commitment. In her words: “For me, running these half marathons is a simple way of helping to raise money and going a few steps closer to ending poverty. All of this encourages me when my legs want to give in!” Well done Joanna!


Sam heard about Tearfund’s work helping people experiencing hunger because of the changing climate in Malawi. He was inspired to invite his youth group to join him in getting stuck in to raise some money to help people like Selena. They organised a youth formal dinner and dance at their church. But Sam and his friend went one step further and did a sponsored head-shave on the night! Together the group raised over £2000! Nice one Sam!


JB was moved to fundraise for Tearfund after spending time with some of our partners on a trip with Tearfund GO. She and a big group of friends from her university decided to take part in No Shoes November, where they didn’t wear shoes or socks for the entire (freezing cold) month of November. From raising more than £4,500 and dodging glass daily to finding herself on Gi Fletchers Instagram – we’d call it a pretty successful month! 


Fady decided to celebrate the end of the university term by taking to his bike and cycling for days! Determined to contribute to something that made a difference for the world, he cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End, a whopping 874 miles. We’re all ages and stages here at Tearfund, and from those of us who can’t even remember how to ride a bike, we are in awe. From those of us who can, well we probably couldn’t do it either! Thank you Fady.


Anna’s creativity and passion for performing arts were put to incredible use when she decided to write a performance piece about those living in poverty. She gathered a heap of uni friends to join the cast and toured her performance around a few local churches. Through selling tickets, she raised awareness of global issues to hundreds of people and raised money at the same time. Great creativity Anna!

We are so impressed and inspired by these guys! These are just some amazing ideas to get fundraising and don’t forget there are loads more ideas to be found at www.tearfund.org/fundraise. Let us know if you’re doing a fundraiser over on Instagram @wearetearfund.