Anyone have much experience with it in an air cadet context?
Background being that I and one other CFAV have recently completed our Sea Kayak Leader assessments, with a view to developing sea kayaking around the bazaars. I work in a region that has a huge coastline and access to some of the best sea kayaking in the UK. It seems a shame not to exploit this as an activity, especially when many units are closer to the sea than they are to an inland paddling venue.
So, I’d like to raise some funds for a trailer of sea boats and associated kit that would, mainly, be located at RAF Valley and would be used in the initial stages to deliver some sea kayaking experiences to staff and senior cadets with the aim of putting them on the pathway to getting their own qualifications and increasing our instructor base. Once we have some instructors, the sea boats would become more mobile and could be deployed to wherever they were required. They could also be used on summer camps to Valley.
However, the issue is that most ‘normal’ avenues for funding (grants etc) have dried up due to the pandemic. So, trying to think out of the box, I thought about crowdfunding. Would it work for this project? Any hints, tips or tricks? Best platform to use?
It’s also not lost on me that many people won’t have the disposable income they may have had prior to the pandemic, so is it even appropriate to ask?
Would you donate? If not, why not?