This being the first large scale volunteering programme I have ever taken part in, the thought of raising a large sum of money was admittedly daunting. But, I managed to power through the fear and go ahead with it. Since then, I have been concocting a fundraising masterplan with my colleagues, which starts here!
I have lived in Scarborough my entire life and is still where my home address lies. Growing up in such a safe, warm environment was truly a blessing and I have always wanted to give back. Therefore, two years ago I took part in NCS (National Citizenship Service) In which I and others in my cohort raised over £400 for local mental health charities such as the Scarborough Survivors; doing such work ignited a passion for charitable affairs which I haven’t dropped to this day. However, this time I wish to take it further and reach out to some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the world. Opportunities like these not only change the lives of whom they help, but also those who lead them. Such charitable work would truly be an eye opener for me, being someone who has not seen poverty and the people it affects first hand. I’ve always longed to see more of the world and its variety of interesting and vibrant cultures, and doing so by enhancing the lives of others alongside my own, feels like the right way to do so.
In Sri Lanka, we will be closely working with the 'Sri Lankan Educational Department' and SPEED (Sport For Peace, Education, Empowerment and Development) to run sports sessions in rural communities. Being keen on all sports except toe wrestling and extreme ironing, I opted to run a football coaching and sports development programme that operates at ‘grassroots level’. These sessions aim to provide the opportunity for talented and passionate children to earn scholarships to University. I personally will be organising and running coaching sessions in popular sports such as football and monitoring progression over the course of several weeks. Football has always been a passion of my own and even though I haven't been able to emulate the likes of Lionel Messi on the pitch, I'm positive I can run a fun and most importantly useful session which children of all abilities will thoroughly enjoy.
However, what is truly special here is the goals volunteers hope to achieve long term. Though a cooperation with SPEED (Sport for Peace, Education, Empowerment and Development) and the Sri Lankan Educational Department, we will be send promising and passionate children to university through a scholarship based system, which is truly incredible. Volunteers will be tracking the growth of promising and talented young Sri Lankan pupils. This is done by contributing a weekly report to the programme’s database, which highlights individuals’ strengths and isolates their weaknesses for future reference. As my voluntary period runs for three weeks, this also ensures that the programme has an element of continuity and the work one cohort does can be built upon by the next. It would truly be an honour to present just one pupil with this incredible opportunity, perhaps together we may well send many more.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. A donation of any kind in aid of this life-changing opportunity will be greatly, greatly appreciated. I can't wait to see what we can accomplish together.
As always. All the best,