FutureSense Foundation

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Just under 3 weeks to go before my India Fundraising comes to a close, I have £260 left to fund raise and I would love your support here; http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Hannah_Thompson&un_jtt_redirect 

All money donated is gratefully appreciated and if you want to know where it goes, keep reading on…

Future Sense Foundation

“The FutureSense Foundation is a charity registered in the UK (Charity No. 1132101) that supports community development in some of the poorest regions of the world.”

They work and partner more than 100 non-profit organisations with the aim to increase education, child welfare and living standards across four continents. They provide financial support for development in oversea projects that;

  • Improving education
  • Relieving poverty
  • Helping create sustainable and secure livelihoods
  • Improving the transfer of vocational and entrepreneurial skills
  • Addressing issues related to health and HIV/AIDS
  • Promoting child welfare
  • Empowering people living with disabilities
  • Enabling voluntary participation and cultural exchange

All information cited and further details can be found via their website: http://www.futuresensefoundation.org

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India Fundraising

In June I will be taking part in a Challenges Abroad expedition, in support of the FutureSense Foundation. The FutureSense Foundation works for the benefit of disadvantaged communities around the world, and I will be supporting their efforts both as a fundraiser and as a volunteer during the expedition. I will be going to India where this charity works in rural and widespread communities, check their website out for more information http://www.futuresensefoundation.org/charity-work-worldwide/volunteer-abroad-india/

I will be going to Palampur India  to do the following: “supporting the local children and schools in Palampur. My work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities.”
So far I have raised money through bucket collections, family donations, part-time work, cake sales and quizzes. Cake sales have been the biggest income, achieving over £100 profit each time!
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I would be very grateful for your support, at whatever level.  I have just £260.50 left to raise, no matter how big or small your donation is, it will make a huge difference to the young children that I will meet.

Volunteer Zambia Induction 2017

This weekend ( 7th-9th April) I had my Volunteer Zambia Induction. As you can imagine the word induction often suggests, projector screens, powerpoint and a lot of talking…. i.e. boring… or more so that’s how I normally view the word! But little did I know how brilliant the weekend was going to be!

Unlike inductions I have had before for different work purposes, this induction was engaging, exciting and extremely inspiring. There’s 5 of us at Loughborough going to Zambia, 3 of us are in the same group and the other 2 are going to Zambia in 2 different groups. We all took the 3 hour journey up to Durham to arrive nervously awaiting for what turned out to be the best weekend I’ve had in a very long time!

All we knew was our group, we didn’t know who would be in it. I am going with group 3, its the smallest of the groups, but I kind of like that. It hopefully will mean we are closer as a group and can do more together in our free time!

Day 1

Wierdly, the first table we sat down on, we met two students from Durham. Both Hannah and Mark would be in group 3. As the morning began and a top class Durham lunch provided, we found the rest of our group and participated in Zambia Language games, icebreakers and began to find out more about what we would be doing. Definitely not boring!

The evening then saw a formal dinner where the bonds really began to form. All on the same table we ate our meal to which the best quote to summarise the meal would be “are you bringing the vegetables out or is this it?” The meal was lovely but does one carrot and a bit of parsnip really count as chicken with vegetables? I guess its plural and means more than one…but still….just the two! Regardless, the meal was lovely and the company even more so!

We then began to play different games and had an absolute laugh, safe to say these people turned from strangers to friends very quickly and I’m excited to spend my time in Zambia with these incredible people!

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Day 2

Firstly Collingwood Durham, what a breakfast! The day started with specific workshops on what we would be doing I am happy to announce I know my placement and I will be working with the Sport in Action non government organisation; https://www.facebook.com/sportinactionhome/  where I will be focusing on social and digital media. I will be evaluating the current social media platforms and implement change. Also, I will be devising a digital and social media policy and strategy and hopefully enhancing all of their media channels, promoting sport for all and much more! I really hope to create a campaign such as the SportEngland This Girl Can but for local Zambian girls. Female empowerment will definitely be one of my many aims as I am extremely passionate about women and sport.

The day continued to be informative, but also, it was a great laugh. We played more Zambian games, had scenario based sessions and culture workshops in the sunshine! I definitely learnt so much about expectations and working within Zambia, for example ZamTime!

The evening then progressed to an exciting Lazer Quest and bowling. I haven’t played Lazer Quest since the days of Tommy Taylors kids activity centre, so I knew I was going to be brilliant from the start… yeah…that is a lie! I came 21st out of 23… I suppose it could’ve been worse! Oh wait it could be… I finished last in my group at bowling… maybe leisure sports aren’t for me! Nonetheless it was such a laugh and we as a group have truly connected.

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Day 3

As the weekend came to an end the final morning saw any unanswered questions being answered, questions to the alumni and finally a presentation of how after the project we can stay involved through the Perfect Day Foundation: http://www.theperfectdayfoundation.org/ which I definitely would like to do on completion of the project.

I  honestly am so grateful for this weekend it has made me feel so excited about the project, more relaxed and confident going ahead. I feel inspired, and I can’t wait for August to hurry up and get here so I can go and make a difference.

If you would like to donate to help me on my journey click the link ; https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/volunteer-zambia-sport-hannah-thompson

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INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING 2017

This summer I will be embarking on two volunteer programs to enhance the sporting experiences to those in India and Zambia. I have always wanted to go abroad to help others and I am incredibly excited to do just that! Below is some more information regarding each project. I am currently still fundraising for both projects so if you’d like to help click the links below to donate!

India

I am going to India with Challenges Abroad for 3 weeks to teach English and hopefully a bit of sport! I am very excited however, I still have a little bit of fundraising left to do. I am currently just under £400 to go so if you would like to donate click the link below, the money raised goes to the FutureSense Foundation.

Fundraising page:  http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Hannah_Thompson&un_jtt_redirect

Zambia 

In August I am going to Zambia for 6 weeks as part of the Wallace Group’s Volunteer Zambia. The Wallace group and the project details can be found here; http://www.wallacegroupuniversities.com/volunteer-zambia/4592547580

I discovered the project very late due to a dropout and a long confusing story, to which, in short I got on to the program via my mums favorite saying “if you don’t ask, you don’t get.” I sent an email with application to which I was successful after interview and accepted onto the program.

This year the Volunteer Zambia program has widened its aims, rather than a pure focus on sports teaching and coaching there are now more opportunities to do placements such as sports science, event management, bid and sponsorship writing, as well as marketing and communications. This broader scope is due to the needs in which the Zambian organisations have stressed they require.

I will be on a marketing and communications placement aiming to market and celebrate sport for all!  I also hope to spend my spare time on the project assisting with coaching sessions or PE Lessons, as I definitely want to experience the impact that sport has on young people.

Fundraising page: https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/volunteer-zambia-sport-hannah-thompson

I will be documenting my journeys through future blog posts so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

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