It’s about 11.45pm. I’m wandering through a part of London I have never been to before, to go to a guy’s house I have only met digitally. No, this isn’t the start of a Tinder- related tale. This is the start of my journey with We Make Change
About a week previously, I had Skyped with James and Felix – the co-founders of the organisation. We spoke of our passion to make a difference and they told me about the vision they had for We Make Change. It sounded like a great idea.
Then the words “24 hours of change” were said to me. As a launch to our crowdfunding campaign, would I be willing to give up a day to make as much change happen as I could? I said yes.
And that’s how I found myself in some random part of London, as the rest of the city was most likely ending their nights. I was just beginning my Day of Change.
The first stop was campaign HQ was a small band of us were campaigning through the night. Raising awareness on issues that couldn’t be ignored. Petitioning MP’s for them to make a difference. The atmosphere in the room was electric, I felt like I was part of something really exciting with the potential to make a massive impact.
Then after a full night of no sleep, we braved London’s rush hour into the city. The morning began with us fundraising for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – the only cancer trust that works with those affected by this particular form of cancer. We wanted to champion their cause, raise much- needed funds and let any sufferers know they weren’t alone.
As a Londoner, I am expert at avoiding eye contact from those who try to approach me. But this morning I found myself doing exactly that. Making eye contact with strangers and speaking to them about a cause they could support. The morning had only just begun and already I was being pushed past my comfort zone.
We then split off into two groups. One was heading to Divine Rescue, a homeless shelter based in South London. Another was heading to Street Child, an international NGO working to provide an education for the world’s most vulnerable children.
We had been joined by others who believed in the cause not just from around the UK, but from around the world. Everyone was contributing however they could. From students and professionals to a group of coders from Romania who flew in especially to be part of the campaign. We were united by our desire to make the biggest impact we could in 24 hours.
After a night of campaigning and a full day’s work on no sleep, we thought, ‘what better way to spend the evening than with a casual 8k run!’ A group of us joined GoodGym, who combine regular exercise with helping their communities. Alongside that, we had a team working with Results UK a group of people passionate to use their voices to end extreme poverty.
The run-up to midnight was essential. We wanted to finish as well as we started. Obviously, the team was tired but we pushed through with plenty of coffee and upbeat music.
Then, we were done! 24 hours straight of volunteering! Reader, you don’t need me to tell you how good my bed felt, but it also felt good to know that the past 24 hours had been spent working to make our world a better place.
You might be asking why? Why make yourself sleep deprived and work so hard for no remuneration? Because dear reader, we can make the change we want to see. Have you ever walked by a homeless person wishing you could do more? Or heard the news day after day about various disasters around the world and wondered how you could help? I want to tell you that you can. We can.
We Make Change is about uniting a generation. We can be the generation to end poverty, to reverse climate change, to ensure everyone has a place to live. All you have to do is say yes.
To find out more visit our crowdfunding page, and don’t forget to share this post with the hashtag #WeMakeChange.
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