There’s a day left in the third month of the ‘Life is Short Bucket List Challenge’ but it seemed like a good day for an update on the positives, and not so great things, happening.
Moving swiftly on from the chaos that is Brexit that will effect many people and has already caused some planning challenges on the value of the pound (both in terms of travel but also how far donations by people in the UK go to projects), on a personal level there was also some bad news. The case involving my Mum’s death has been adjourned with no plea entered, and no answer to the charge against the defendant. We are stuck in a waiting game once more (you can read more on The Advertiser website here). It’s incredibly frustrating to not know what’s going on, especially when there are headlines like ‘SA prosecutors overworked and leading to low conviction rates’. I guess time will tell…
So now for the positives! As part of Challenge 46 (which involves helping the homeless), I did my first session of fortnightly volunteering at one of the Saturday homeless meals nights. For four hours I donned a waitress persona and ensured that everyone had hot and cold drinks, that they were table-served two courses and that they enjoyed some good conversation. There were some amazing, and very sad, stories to be heard. England had just beat Australia in the rugby again that morning, and so I was able to share commentary on the match with those that were rugby fans which was great (I think an Aussie wearing an England Rugby shirt and happy at the result was quite amusing for them!).
Challenge 4 and 47 are coming along with training for the Everest Base Camp trek underway (rather daunted by it to be honest!) and I’ve started to stockpile the trekking kit list. I’ve been speaking with Nepal Youth Foundation regarding Challenge 47, and sponsorship for my trek will 90% benefit the Foundation, with 10% going to the British Red Cross. Hopefully I can raise enough to help rebuild a classroom. I will write more on the work of British Red Cross in another blog post soon, as I met with their Regional Fundraiser to find out more about how the Nepal donations have been spent. I’m planning the itinerary for the free days at the moment, and the discussions with the trip organisers and my old school, as well as Nepal Youth Foundation, will hopefully have me meeting the girl that I am funding a scholarship for near Pokhara, as well has visiting some of the damaged schools near Kathmandu.
Another challenge I reported on last month was regarding email marketing and working with Cruse Bereavement Care. The intention was to plan for 2017, but after some badly worded email marketing went out by Jawbone in the lead up to Father’s Day, the BBC Technology Reporter ran a story and contacted the charity for a statement. Partly because of our preliminary chats, they were able to make a quick statement about email marketing and sensitive messaging, so that raised the profile of the issue in mainstream media. We will also some have some case studies to use in the white paper, and some contacts in the media.
Last, but not least, is that I’ve volunteered to help with a new Girl Guides group in my area starting in September, but with work involved in the lead up. The area has a long waiting list for girls wanting to join a group, so I visited the younger Brownies this month that are likely to go up into Guides later this year and had no group to go to. As I’ll then be away trekking during October, we’ve discussed one of the first badge activities to be around world communities and preparing some letters to Nepalese children, so it looks like Challenge 48 will be achieved!
So that’s this months update!
P.S. this month’s picture is of my hiking boot – it’s functional as well as my favourite colour, so it gets to be pic of the month!