April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Every year TwoWeeks sees wonderful people volunteering their time, energy and enthusiasm to help us fundraise. One of our latest supporters is Connie Lowe, who will be running The London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April to help raise money for TwoWeeks. We asked her to share a few words. If you would like to donate to TwoWeeks in aid of Connie’s fantastic commitment then please do so here.
What you do Connie?
I work and live in Auckland, New Zealand.
How did you get involved with TwoWeeks?
I was introduced to TwoWeeks by a friend who informed me the charity needed a finance volunteer. I went to one of the introduction sessions and was inspired by how people were using their skills and their vocation to help children at the Lily. I have enjoyed my time working as a volunteer for TwoWeeks and I have made some great friends along the way too.
How are you feeling about the upcoming marathon?
I am excited to be running my first marathon, but instead of running it for personal fulfilment I thought I could use my marathon entry to help somebody or something and TwoWeeks immediately came to mind! To finish the marathon would be a nice personal achievement but to know that someone’s life could be impacted or changed is even more rewarding.
February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Kamal Patel tell us about how she got involved with TWOWEEKS and why she wanted to volunteer on her recent trip to Lily of the Valley in November, 2011. Kamal also held a ‘housewarming fundraising night’ for us recently and her friends and family generously gave £480 that evening.
Tell us about yourself.
I have just completed an IT contract at Nomura PLC which is a Japanese bank in London.
My background is mainly IT and business skills but I have also taught English as a foreign language both here and in Taiwan over the last few years.
I love all sport but especially football and cricket – I used to have a season ticket at Arsenal and still follow their exploits avidly!
How did you hear about TWOWEEKS?
I met Karen through a friend and she inspired me with the idea of being able to help even if you only had two weeks to spare. The notion of being a cog in the wheel where you come and set up something that someone else could take over seemed make sense – i.e. that a defined realistic piece of work that could be achieved in 2 weeks and handed over to the next person who came along.
Tell us about your fundraising night.
I thought I would let my friends know about the charity and my plans and having just moved into a new flat I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to promote TWOWEEKS and raise some funds whilst enjoying ourselves. The party would have taken place anyway and as I would have supplied the food and drinks my friends were requested to supply any donations.