Our supporters are always so creative in the ways that they raise funds for us! None more so than Arabella, age 12, who has been making and selling bookmarks at school to support our work for the past three years.
My name is Arabella and I’ve just completed Year Eight at school. I spend the summer holidays making my bookmarks and hold a sale in December in time for the Christmas season. My bookmarks are always tailor-made to themes that I know my friends will like such as moustaches, monsters, pom-poms, crowns, butterflies and dogs. I use old pieces of ribbon, card, glitter and anything else I can get my hands on at home and from the school art cupboard. Each year I aim to raise £100 because I know this means that Book Aid International can send 50 new books to Africa.
I chose Book Aid International as my charity and to make bookmarks as my fundraiser because reading is my absolute passion. Not only do I owe almost everything I know to books, but they also give me an immense amount of pleasure. J. K. Rowling put it perfectly when she said:
“Wherever I am, if I’ve got a good book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy.”
It makes me sad to think that there are people in the world who don’t have access to books, learning and ‘a place they can be happy’. For this reason I will continue to support Book Aid International for as long as I can.
Above is a picture of some of the bookmarks I made this year. I highly recommend bookmarks as a way to raise money, because they are easy and fun to make and everyone needs a bookmark!
Over the past years, Arabella has raised over £290 to support our work in libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. That’s enough to send almost 150 books to our partners! Well done Arabella!