Jami Hill

Cause: The Leukemia Foundation
Adventure: Leukaemia Foundation: Machu Picchu Challenge 2016
Fundraising Page: my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/jami
Social: https://www.facebook.com/jamifundraising/

As our Fundraiser of the Month, Jami has scored herself a $50 donation to her fundraising page! To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What inspired you to take on your first Inspired Adventure for the Leukaemia Foundation?

I love volunteering so there are many things that have motivated me to take on my first Inspired Adventure, but the biggest would be to fundraise for a fantastic foundation and give back to people that really need support. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of 7 and received 3 years of chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. As a family unit we were luckily enough to be supported by many foundations and not-for-profits such as the Leukaemia Foundation and Ronald McDonald House. I have completed Shave for a Cure several times but I love the idea of raising money for the foundation that also combines setting myself rewarding goals. Training for Machu Picchu is a great challenge that is incredibly empowering, especially post chemotherapy.

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead?

A combination of nervous excitement and overly enthusiastic motivation!  I have quite high standards for myself and combining full time work, with part time university, a training schedule and fundraising has already provided some tricky situations and the need for proactive management. I have already learnt a lot about myself and we are still a few months out from the trek! I am looking forward to pushing my own expectations of what I think my body is capable of doing.  Keeping in touch with other trekkers through social media is such a great way of motivating yourself and keeping that enthusiasm going. I have wanted to explore South America for years so I cannot wait to immerse myself in local culture.

What have been some of your more successful fundraising ideas so far?

I’ve found most of my support has come through social media. You do run the risk of spamming family and friends, however if you switch it up with interesting pictures or funny memes it engages people from another level rather than them just scrolling past ‘another fundraising post’. My recent idea has just become a reality! I have managed to have some Machu Picchu sports singlets designed as a fundraiser for family, friends and trekkers. I used the design and slogan brainstorming as way to engage people on Facebook and Instagram.  The sponsors for the singlets; Fremantle Indoor Beach Volleyball, Blend Pizza & Café, Range to Reef Environmental, Two of Three Design and Fremantle Health Food Store have enabled me to have the design and production done without spending out of my own pocket, which means all the money from the singlets will be able to be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation! I also created some bright and colourful flyers about my story to go with collection tins into staff rooms, cafes and offices. I’ve found that making the trek and cause relevant to the local community makes it more personal and engaging.

"Work out what your motivation is and be very clear on your goal and what your own expectations are for yourself."

What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the hiking whenever possible (and so has my dog!). The most fantastic feeling is the local community and the support they have offered.  I have barely had to ask for help, which is probably the hardest and most uncomfortable part about fundraising. The horrible truth is nearly everyone knows someone effected by blood cancers and not everyone is lucky enough to have an outcome like mine.  If we can make a better brighter future for those that will be diagnosed, whether it be their treatment or even the level of care and support services, then it’s well worth the effort.

What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?

As I mentioned before my time management is fairly average! Making a schedule and combining catching up with friends with hikes or beach walks has been fantastic. I also find asking for help and especially for donations incredibly difficult. I know how many charities are out there and how bad our local job market is here in Perth – which is one of the reasons I wanted to make a singlet. That way there is something tangible and functional that people are making a donation for.

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?

Health and fitness were already a big priority but it has now become more of a daily focus in achieving the goals I set myself. I have become more engaged with the local community and made some great relationships with local businesses. I have also discovered I can do a lot more than I thought was ever possible!

"I have already learnt a lot about myself and we are still a few months out from the trek! I am looking forward to pushing my own expectations of what I think my body is capable of doing."

What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming adventure to Peru?

The culture! I plan on learning some basic Spanish (maybe if we add another day into the week?) and love meeting people and learning about their story. It gives you an opportunity to see the place you are in immersed in from another perspective. Peru has such an incredible history so it will be fantastic to be there and experience it all. Lastly, I am really looking forward to meeting the other amazing trekkers from around Australia. We all seem to have unique experiences but have the same goals and motivations, which I imagine shall make for a memorable and very special trip!

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

My advice would be to talk about it with family and friends before committing, make sure you have the time and money available. Fundraising whilst also trying to save money doesn’t make the experience as fun as it should be!  My other suggestion would be to work out what your motivation is – be very clear on your goal and what your own expectations are for yourself.  Make sure you share the workload and even though it is uncomfortable – ask people for help! Trust me, you will be very surprised with the number of people that genuinely want to help you achieve your goal!

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