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  • 2015/03/24

Charlie’s Story

Hello, my name is Charlie Budden, I am 14 and I have been helping the Bali KIDS charity for seven years now! Over the course of those seven years my friends and I have held fundraising events from school fairs, to car boot sales, to creating our own musical CD’s. We even staged our own American Idol style “Charity Idol “competition. However, what really has helped in making us become successful charity fundraisers are the Bali Beach Bracelets we sell every year.
The bracelets are our main source of fundraising. Over the years, we have been selling these fantastic bracelets to our school friends and it is all because of one man… This man is called Duncan. He is our main supplier of bracelets and if it wasn’t for him, there would be no bracelets. We first saw Duncan selling some bracelets on Seminyak beach and for some reason, it caught my eye. We had a look at what he had and asked him if he could make bracelets to our design and colours. And now, years later, we get many bracelets from him every time we come to Bali for our holidays!
This year, at our school fair, we had a stand where my friends and I were selling just the bracelets and guess what we managed to raise at the end of the day? We raised enough to send two kids to school for a year from just one day of selling! It just shows, a little effort can go a long way.
The reason I like helping the Bali KIDS Charity is because it gives me some joy as I feel good after helping someone else go to school just like me.

Emily’s story
My name is Emily Severn and I go to Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. I’m 14 years old and am in Year 10 and I have been helping Bali KIDS since I was 7. This year I helped to set up a stall to sell bracelets to raise money. The bracelets we sold are specially made in Bali (see Charlie’s article to read more about that) and that makes them very popular, so we managed to raise $1,116. This year we advertised limited edition Diamond Jubilee bracelets because this was the theme of the fair. They were our top selling product! I was extremely happy with the amount of money we raised, and it was a lot of fun to help out at the fair.
This year we had a team of 8 students including Charlie and myself, they were: Eva Kelly, Rhiannon Davies, Charlotte Sansom, Max Jones, Jamie Nicholson and Oliver Reeves.

We had to get permission from our head of year to sell our bracelets at a stall. We also sent out an advertisement to all the people who have asked to be notified about our new bracelets because they liked our previous stock so much. There were also a lot of preparation meetings, organizing 10 other people to help run the stand (which wasn’t hard; lots of people were eager to help out!) and the stand decorations. There was also the roster of manning the stand and sorting out prices and the number of stock we had.
This was the first time we students did everything by ourselves and although there was quite a bit of work involved, I really enjoyed it because it was fun and I was helping to make a difference in someone else’s life – helping children in Bali get a chance to go to school.

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