The past few weeks have been full of ideas and actions. What started as a crazy idea on a Friday afternoon in the office seems to have taken on a life of it’s own (thankfully) and our web of fundraising just seems to grow and grow.
For a campaign that’s not officially supposed to start until my birthday on 15th December, we are doing quite well in that we have already raised £1,595 from friends and family donations. I can’t tell you how pleased and touched I am at the way everyone has got on board with our plan and I’m really hopeful and excited about reaching our goal of £25,000 to build our school.
Over this past weekend, I spoke to so many people who have offered to help and get involved in all sorts of ways. Among them were the Head girl and Deputy Head boy at Peterhead Academy (thanks Mr Strachan for organising). Our whole family were pupils at the school and my sister and I were both involved in the Prefects charity during our time there so it was brilliant to talk to them about the kind of fund raising stunts we used to pull and how we can work together this year.
There were too many conversations to mention and I have to say I’m already fed up of the sound of my voice – I really need to develop a 3 sentences approach to introducing people to our Janie’s School campaign. Saying that though, some really exciting ideas came out of it and there is going to be a lot of interesting events / sales / exchanges over the next few months to raise money.
For me, it’s not just about having a school as a memorial to our mum (although that is definitely the driving force), but about using education to really improve people’s lives in the best way possible. For anyone who wants to find out more about how education in the developing world, particularly girls education, can make a difference for the future, please visit some of the sites listed at the side and also grab a copy of Half the Sky by Nicolas Kristof.
During her life, my mum was a real driving force for our whole family especially for me and my sister. She had a really positive attitude to life and made everyone feel welcome, in our home and in our lives. She helped a lot of people in her too short time with us (although she’s be horrified to hear it) and I like to see this as her continuing to inspire us to do good in the world.