Runners, skydivers, newlyweds and a mathematician have all helped UNICEF’s new online giving site, My Fundraising, raise an impressive £105,461.10 – an average of over £10,000 per week – since its launch in March.

Alongside sponsored walks, skydives and marathons, supporters are coming up with some unconventional ways of raising money to support our work for children around the world.

Newlyweds Alex and Evita have decided against lazing on the beach for the honeymoon. Instead, they're taking part in our trek across the Namib Desert in Namibia and aim to raise £6,500 through My Fundraising for child rights projects in the southern African country.

Closer to home, 17-year-old Joshua Haghani from London has already raised over £11,000 by reciting the first 500 digits of π (pi) from memory.

Joshua said: "I was hoping to inspire friends and family to make a contribution to UNICEF in support of bringing clean, fresh water to five villages in Malawi, but it turns out it's me that's been inspired by how many of you dived in to generously help this cause. Thank you."

 
UNICEF fundraiser Matt McMullen proudly displays his t-shirt before skydiving from 10,000 ft. © Matt McMullen
UNICEF fundraiser Matt McMullen proudly displays his t-shirt before skydiving from 10,000 ft.© Matt McMullen