No matter how many degrees or what kind of education we have, there are some lessons we can only learn through the School of Life. Here’s a little heads up on my experience with volunteering and how it helped me grow as a person.
In September 2020, I was supposed to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) if I could reach the £3050 fundraising target. Unfortunately, my climb is now cancelled because of obvious safety reasons regarding Covid-19.
Looking at the big picture, I just realized how many skills I gained from fundraising for MRF. When I thought I was shy and introverted, I had to convince countless people to donate money for a cause they (sadly) didn’t necessarily know about. I laughed out loud during events like the dare contest, fought my fears during the Thai-Boxing interclub contest. This month, I have led a team of 20 volunteers during an online e-sport tournament where we raised more than £600 in less than two weeks ! A few months ago, I didn’t know much about charity and fundraising. Today, I can confidently say that volunteering will always be part of my life.
Last but not least, I have met awesome people like Shubham who is now a great friend, Luke from Students Against Meningitis, and Beatriz - president of Warwick RAG. I could mention many well-driven individuals wearing their heart on their sleeves, and many lessons that I have learnt from this experience… What a long list it is!
Moral of the story? MRF’s cause is greater than any mountain in the world. Our fundraising journey with MRF is not over. In fact, we’re only halfway! I am profoundly grateful to anyone that has helped me so far. If you want to check out our campaign for MRF, here’s the team’s link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/warwick-kili-2020?fbclid=IwAR0dKZuXdfrvQFR6e50RO-b86y2Q2LvlfgUU2PkgCJY70Vtparan9g_DGLQ
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