Make Your Mark with a Tenner

During the month of February the Make Your Mark campaign will be giving £10 in cash to over 20,000 young people all over the UK! Their challenge is to use this £10 to make as much money as possible and to have a social impact too. As a member of staff within the Make Your Mark education team I thought I’d join in as well and I’ll be tracking my progress here, the successes (fingers crossed) and the failures (hopefully not!).Porters' Progress

With a start-up capital of only £10 my idea is to start with something small and simple. I’ve selected one of my favourite photographs from my expeditions (actually my boyfriend Ben was the person behind the camera, but he’s given me permission to use it) and I’ve created a postcard. I’ve just ordered 16 postcards using an online photo website, and hopefully they’ll arrive on Wednesday or Thursday this week so that I can start selling them as soon as possible. Whilst selling the postcards I’ll see if there’s any demand for greetings cards and if so, that might be my next product.

My aim is to raise as much money and awareness as possible of Porters’ Progress (www.portersprogress.org.uk), a charity set up in 2004 which aims to improve the working conditions and standards for hundreds of expedition porters working in mountainous regions of the world, such as Nepal where I spent several months trekking and climbing to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Hundreds of tourists flock to these mountains every year and often don’t realise they are buying places on treks and expeditions which do not support the welfare of the porters who will carry their bags. Porters Progress is helping to creative a positive change in the trekking industry insuring that among other things, porters do not carry loads that are too heavy for them and that they have adequate shoes and clothing as well as essential items such as good quality sunglasses which will protect them from snow blindness and photokeratitis.

If you’d like to keep informed about the products I’ll be selling please drop me an email at tori@torijames.com and I’ll keep you updated. You’ll have to wait for my next post to see which photo I’ve chosen!

You can read more about the competition at www.makeyourmark.org.uk/tenner. Why not take part with your own £10 and choose a charity which is important to you?