The life of a fundraiser #10 by Tracey Wilkinson

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Welcome  to behind the scenes of the life of a fundraiser. After a short break away having some R and R in Crete I am back. For those new to the blog I have been a voluntary fundraiser for a number of years whilst also being in full-time employment as a Collision Investigator. My blog is designed to give you a little insight into my fundraising antics, community work and voluntary roles. Please enjoy reading Blog #10 and feel free to share.

Sunday 25 th April 2016

Although Monday is the start of the week I can’t not write about Sunday’s event because it’s been mentioned a number of times in my previous blogs. After arriving home from the airport at 1:30am my alarm was set for 5am for the Lagan’s Cycle Challenge 6am start at Rivington Bowling Green to erect two event shelters ready for the arrival of 70 cyclist at 8am. I spent the first hour on car parking duty and directing cyclists to registration. Then due to a drop out on the marshal points I ended up teaming up with Janet on marshal point number 12 which is around 26 mile mark out of the 42 mile cycle challenge. I loved just being part of this event instead of running the event for a change. However 2 hours stood in the cold, rain and wind I can now say I am glad I organise events where I am usually running round like a headless chicken and therefore never get cold stood in one spot. The event was a huge success with 48 riders finally crossing the finishing line.


Monday 25 th April 2016

Another early start to the morning to meet Stephen Tonge & Sandra Arden who I work alongside in the Kearsley Festival Group currently with the Kearsley in Bloom project. There was a team meeting whilst I was away so just a quick catch up before Mr Tonge goes on his cruise. The planning is going really well and lots of work’s gone into obtaining funding and sourcing planters to be placed around Kearsley. All residents should receive a registration form through their letterboxes to be given the chance to be part of the festival and enter a display, planter or hanging basket into our competition.

Tuesday 26 th April 2016

Well full steam ahead with my forthcoming fundraiser for Street Soccer Academy. The poster is almost ready to which I am dying to launch. Spent the morning chasing vendors for food and activities for the family fun day aspect of the event. Sent a few emails and Facebook messages in relation to entertainment and stall holders. It’s going to be a great summer event which hopefully means the sunshine will make an appearance.

Wednesday 27 th April 2016

After 2 weeks off I was back on Bolton FM #CommmunityCorner with David and Tony. If you have never tuned in before the show is 7-9pm and it’s all things community. We invite different guests into the studio to talk about what they are doing in the life of Bolton. This week we interviewed two ladies from the local allotment association, three people from the charity Children’s Society and finally The Waite family of six about their forthcoming fundraiser. That must have been the most people in one night in the studio (well whilst I’ve been presenting).

Thursday 28 th April 2016

More planning for the forthcoming event for Street Soccer Academy struggling to get some form of communication with a local radio station in the area. This event is outside of Bolton so can’t use Bolton FM but using the power of facebook I have been given some new contacts in relation to local radio stations. This holds up planning the showcase area because I need to have the music confirmed before booking performers however I know it will come together. The poster is nearly done just a few more changes and it will be ready for publishing and advertising. Street Soccer Academy is a professional service provider that specialises in the rehabilitation and reintegration of people with complex and multiple needs. They work on behalf of some of the nation’s hardest to reach groups within our communities including people with homeless related issues, ex-offenders, those recovering from additions, mental health conditions and disabilities and the long-term unemployed.

Friday 29 th April 2016

I try my best to take at least one day off from my voluntary work and today was that day. However it was replaced by having my niece and nephew to stay for the night which was an adventure and challenging in some aspects but wouldn’t change these two special people in my life.

Saturday 30 th April 2016

After not so much sleep I spent the day with my niece and nephew doing those things you can’t really do when you’re an adult like building a den and visiting the fire station. I refrain from going down the fireman’s pole. Quick shop at Sainsbury’s for supplies for tomorrow morning’s duties on the Blend café at Kings church. Also a few emails replied to before enjoying an evening with friends at Nick’s Restaurant.

Sunday 10 th April 2016

Morning spent doing my voluntary role at Kings church on the Blend café serving coffee and cookies. This afternoon I worked on arranging signs and banners for Kearsley in Bloom followed by more work on the big summer event in my calendar.

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