Navya Singirikonda from Texas A and M raised 3000$ in her 50:50 campaign for her Mobile Clinic Trip to Cusco. We spoke with her to find out how she ran such a succesful campaign and about her experience on her MEDLIFE trip.
How did you first hear about the 5050 campaign?
I had a friend who did MEDLIFE last year so she told me about it, but also it was on the website.
Why did you decide to do the 50:50 Campaign?
I think itâ€™s good awareness for people. Most of the people who raised money, who gave money, friends and people who donâ€™t really know about this kind of thing, it was nice to bring that awareness. It also helped me, I donâ€™t make any money, so it was nice to make some money from that.
How long did you fundraise for?
About 20 days- not long.
What did you do to be so successful with your 50:50 campaign?
I think I publicized it really well. I reached out to the people I thought would be able to help me. Iâ€™m glad I used the 50:50 versus something else. It was just better organized and kind of made the point clear of what it was for.
Did you encounter any obstacles in the process and if so how did you overcome them?
I didnâ€™t have any issues.
How was organizing a positive experience and what did you learn from it?
Honestly I was so surprised by how generous people are I did raise a lot of money, 3000$ which isnâ€™t small, and it was nice to see how people are that kind and willing to help me even though they donâ€™t really know what Iâ€™m doing. So I think that was nice and probably makes me feel a little closer to some of the people that I hadnâ€™t talked to in awhile.
How do you feel about the impact you made raising money for the people you worked with this week?
I really thought it was amazing. I noticed their gratitude, just how gentle and nice of people they are. But I think them being that way, them being willing to let me into their home, let me into their communities, makes me feel like I should keep doing that. It really was very motivational doing this. It helped me realize that this isnâ€™t something that is crazy and out there- that I can do it all the time.