Welcome to Moving Mountains

We are an independent non-profit organisation working in east Africa, Nepal and Borneo delivering development solutions to social, economic and environmental problems. 
We are also a responsible volunteering organisation with strong values and a successful track record of placements in development education.

Five Fundraising Ideas for Christmas

The weeks up until Christmas are ideal for fundraising. Maybe even the best time of the year! So if you are going out to visit and support some our projects abroad - as a student or a professional, in a group or on your own – or if you want to support our work from home, now is the time to start planning some great fundraising events.


1. Set up a Christmas gift wrapping station

It can be a hassle finding all the right Christmas presents, meaning that saving time wrapping them would be welcomed by many. Especially if the wrapping is neat and decorative!

Malls and supermarkets are ideal places to set up a stall for a few volunteers, but do remember to ask for permission first. Make sure to have all the right materials and tools such as scissors, tape, gift wrapping, ribbon and gift tags - buy in bulk!

Also, it’s a good idea to have a few different wrapping paper options for people to choose from. Don’t be afraid to think creatively. There is a lot of inspiration to be found online, just have a look at this page for some simple Christmas gift wrapping ideas, where the two presents below were found.

Fundraising ideas for Christmas


2. Organise a Christmas inspired fundraising event

Team up with your school, university, library, town hall or local pub and organise a Christmas inspired fundraising event.

What about a Christmas Carol Karaoke; singing seasonal classics by Bing Crosby, Wham or even Justin Bieber? Or a quiz night with holiday inspired questions, a festive quizmaster and a couple of fun prices. For these kinds of events, an entry free could be charged and don’t forget to promote the event a few weeks in advance.

A sweet treat raffle can also easily be arranged at your school, university or workplace. Carefully place a few winning raffle tickets inside some of the candy wrappings and then sell the raffles/candies, having a few prices to give out.


3. Arrange a Christmas sale

If you are a group doing fundraising, find a community space where you can set up some stalls and sell different items - ask for permission first of course. Or If you are an individual or a smaller group, consider joining a local Christmas market.  

You could sell anything from Christmas decorations and advent calendars to Christmas cards and baked goods. Minced pies, Christmas cakes and ginger bread cookies are always popular.

Decorations could include Christmas wreaths, mistletoes, decorated candles, Christmas tree decorations - just to name a few. It’s amazing how much you can do with pine garland leaves, holly berries, ribbons, pinecones and a little creativeness. You can also have a look here for some more inspiration.

Fundraising ideas for Christmas cakes


4. Help decorate windows of local businesses

If you have an artistic talent, it would be worth while offering window painting or decoration services to local shops. Visit some restaurants or shops you think would be interested in contributing to your fundraising goal as well as having a nice-looking window decoration. Consider giving them a flyer to help them visualise your design.

If you do choose to paint snowflakes, reindeer or a winter landscape on windows, do make sure that the paint is easily removed. Also remember to offer clean-up services after the holidays.


5. Buying presents online? Fundraise while doing it!

A very easy way to do some fundraising is while shopping Christmas presents. Sign up to Easy Fundraising and for any purchase on Amazon, ebay, Asta, John Lewis or a number of other online shops, you will pay the same price while also donating to Moving Mountains


All fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated and will help run our projects abroad. Do let people know about the cause you are fundraising for - have a look at our fundraising guidance document and do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions.    

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What does the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have to do with the Penan tribe in Borneo?

Controversial issues have often been raised in the build-up to large sporting events.

For the 2008 Olympics, China faced accusations of exploiting migrant construction workers and the government came under increased criticism from human rights groups following the forced evictions of Beijing residents.

In 2010 the South African government spent £3bn in preparations for the World Cup despite widespread views that had the same money been spent on public services, the benefits would have been greater than the public gains generated from the football tournament.

Similarly, the 2014 Brazil World Cup was criticized for the displacement of people from favelas as well as for building a stadium in the remote Amazonas city Manaus, clearing acres of primary rainforest, only to hold four games there.

Penan tribe in Borneo logging

The Penan tribe’s struggle against large-scale logging in Borneo

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are also facing criticism. In preparation for the sporting event, eight new stadiums and arenas will be built amid controversy over its construction practices.

A prominent campaign group has been documenting the large scale logging of Sarawak’s rainforests and investigations suggest that plywood used in Olympic construction sites has come from logging companies that have encroached on national park boundaries. The group aims to highlight the impact that the logging has on some of Borneo’s indigenous communities, namely the Penan tribe.

Based in the mountainous north of Borneo’s Malaysian state of Sarawak, the Penan tribe are some of the last nomadic people to have settled in small farming villages, but they still rely heavily on the forest for their way of life as well as the ancestral and cultural significance it represents. The Penan communities established the Penan Peace Park with aims to protect their lands from the logging that has made Malaysian Borneo one of the highest exporters of tropical timber.

Penan tribe in Borneo fishing

Moving Mountains’ work and collaboration with the Penan tribe in Borneo

Since 2006 Moving Mountains has been working closely with the Penan tribe, funding a reforestation project to combat the negative effects of logging in the area; from collecting the seeds, replanting the saplings and continuously collecting data. We have had several university volunteer groups fundraise for the project and then fly out to the villages to help with the work on the ground.

We also promote this beautiful and remote region through our partner, Adventure Alternative, offering multi-day jungle treks. These trips help generate alternative sources of income, by employing Penan guides, staying in community homestays and emphasizing the value of these forests as a unique travel experience.

We’re committed to the long-term needs that a reforestation project requires and hope the controversial links between unsustainable logging and the upcoming 2020 Olympics will highlight the ongoing plight of the Penan tribe long after the games have finished.

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