For Giving Tuesday, Pop-Up Adventure Play raised money to fuel their newly launched Playworker Travelling Fund. This was an opportunity to gather funds that would help playworkers travel to different communities and share their wisdom with other playful folks.

The goal was to raise £500 (roughly $640 USD) to cover the return expenses of one playworker, travelling to the country they work in the most: the USA. This was the same amount of money that each of the team Pop-Ups was allowed to spend on their travel every time they went out on an excursion, so they knew it was a number that worked, and they hoped that it was a number that they could raise to help a fellow playworker.

If they raised £500 on Giving Tuesday, Pop-Ups Morgan and Zan each promised to dress up for an entire day as a robot.

To thank supporters for their contributions, they would make their own robot outfits and wear them for a whole day while going about their day. Pop-Ups Zan took requests on what should be included on her robot costume and what daily task she might need to tackle as a robot.

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As a small disclaimer, each member of the team could choose which date their Robot Day would be. They would each be solely responsible for their outfit but could seek help from others if required, e.g. during construction or assembly. Outfits were more than likely made of cardboard and other loose parts as this fit in perfectly with the ethos of the organization. Each Robot Day was a minimum of 8 hours and involved photos of each of them doing various things to evidence that they did, in fact, dress up like a robot for a day. Pop-Ups Zan was also willing to do short videos of her day if folks were willing to donate even more.

They were excited that they had the opportunity to raise funds to help their fellow play friends. It had been a struggle for them to fund their adventures over the past 10 years, so they knew firsthand how hard it was to expand their own play knowledge and support others without the financial means to get there. They hoped that their wonderful following of Pop-Ups Supporters would be able to help them raise some funds so that the practical and theoretical knowledge of playwork could be spread to all corners of the world, starting with just one plane ticket.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Pop-Up Adventure Play community:

27th November 2018 had passed, and they were grateful for the support they received. Those who donated had helped them to support people like them.

Please help us to help people like you. #LetsSupportPlay #GivingTuesday

Here’s the PayPal link for donations to support people like them. If you donate 10 GBP or more, Paypal will match fund your donation! Hoorah! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Suzanna on or contact us by Facebook, Twitter or through our website.

By Zan