Blog written by JCI Member Kelly Tennick
Wow! What another fantastic evening courtesy of JCI Cambridge. This time, the event was volunteering to help raise much needed funds for Wallace Cancer Care at the Cambridge Beer Festival.
The evening started pretty sombre, sociable and relaxed. It was nice to have a good catch up with other JCI members and to meet the other, non-JCI volunteers that were there. Time was spent behind the book stall encouraging passers-by to browse and hopefully purchase as many books as possible (at only 50p each a bargain) and with Adam not failing to point out the ‘saucy’ books on the end table we were definitely on to a winner! The free drink vouchers also started making the rounds and we were soon all enjoying a nice pint of beer or cider, or in my case – apple juice. Well somebody had to be designated driver!
We were then briefed on the basic info of Wallace Cancer Care to arm us with valuable knowledge for the evening before being let loose on the public with our buckets! We had a great time winding our way through the ever increasing crowds, having a chat with some great people and collecting a good amount of cash for the start of the evening.
As people (us included) became slightly more inebriated, things seemed to go from good fun to hilarious! All sorts of tactics and conversation starters were used to get the good people of Cambridge to drop their pennies in our buckets. My favourite was definitely Harriet’s story of being a weight lifter in the Olympics that needed a heavier bucket to do her training! Her arm curls were in my opinion impressive, to the men more comical but it was a fantastic way to get people engaged with what we were doing and raised a fantastic amount of money.
I had an absolutely fantastic evening and would not hesitate to volunteer with JCI Cambridge again! It’s the perfect evening in one…there is a great social aspect, personal development opportunities for approaching and engaging with strangers and getting results, It’s confidence boosting, great for team morale and not forgetting that it was all for an amazing cause, Wallace Cancer Care.
Figures tell me that on the Friday evening we raised £1323.05, a brilliant amount! Overall a staggering £8928.70 was raised which is truly fantastic, and will hopefully be a great help in enabling Wallace Cancer Care to continue with their inspiring, dedicated work.
Thanks JCI Cambridge, another top notch evening!
Remember – all volunteer hours can be logged as part of JCI ACE, where the efforts of JCI members will be recognised through an awards scheme – please check out our blog post for more information.
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