Monday, December 2, 2013

Continuing my ICS story with the Alumni Board - my first Board meeting!

The recent November Alumni Board meeting was my initiation to the group.  Whilst still a relatively new initiative, one of the things that struck me most was how much the existing Alumni Board members have achieved in such a small space of time, from establishing a Board in the first place to the creation of the Alumni Small Grants Fund, which is set to launch on January 24th 2014.  There are a lot of exciting plans and projects coming up and I am excited to be part of this great team, and hope to work hard in the next 6 months to encourage many more Alumni to stay involved with International Service..

I have joined the Alumni Board after a 7 month volunteering placement in Ghana (Jan-July 2013), where I was privileged to be the first team leader on the Local Inclusive Festival project (LIFE).  On the project we worked with people with disabilities, helping them develop ways to play a more active role in an important cultural festival.  I had the most amazing teams of volunteers who worked so hard and exceeded all expectations of what we might possibly achieve.

Members of the Sandema Disabled People’s Organisation Soap Production business

I had an absolutely fantastic time, and the placement confirmed my ambition to work in international development.  One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was say goodbye!  For me, being part of the Alumni Board is a way to retain a link with the project, partner and country that I loved so much.

In the coming months the Board will be concentrating on fundraising for the Small Grants fund, specifically with a raffle (exciting prizes to be announced….so get your tickets!).

Why not ask a relative to make a donation instead of gifting you a Christmas present? Everyone who makes a donation will receive automatic entry to the raffle.

If you have any fundraising ideas (why not fundraise for your action at home?) then get in touch with Stella and the Board or via the facebook group!

-          Tracy

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