Day 9 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Saturday, 9th January, 2021

Sometimes, little voluntary tasks can take just minutes and still make a big impact on the organisation you’re helping, and today I had a couple of noticeably short jobs that I was able to do while my partner was mucking around with our son in the very cold garden.

What: Design Tweak
Organisation: Charity Excellence Framework
Ian is launching a brand new funder database for charities to access through CEF so that they can search for their much-needed grants in one place, rather than trawling around Google trying to piece together a list of funds to apply for. A few months ago, I designed a job lot of email headers for Ian and was able to edit a previous template to give him the new design for the email he’s sending out on Monday. It took minutes.

What’s great about the CEF, is that it helps me with the other organisations I work with. I’ve been doing some fundraising research with DLAG and the Transforming Autism Project (who you’ll meet properly next week) and I love the fact that it’s a charity for charities and helps absolutely anyone as a completely disinterested party.

What: Google AdWords
Organisation: Cricket Without Boundaries
I set-up the CWB AdWords about a month ago, and pretty much as soon as I did I registered with the Google Online Marketing Challenge. We were quickly matched with a group from Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology (a bit of a mouthful, so it’s also known as DCRUST), which is in Murthal in eastern India (about 31 miles from New Delhi). With CWB being a cricket charity, I was really pleased to have been matched with an Indian university, because with cricket being so huge in India, we’d have to be really unlucky to be matched with people who don’t appreciate the sport. It turns out that we do have a group of cricket fans and they seem really nice.

We first ‘met’ just before Christmas (as with everything these days, we met via Zoom), and now that everything has settled down, they’ve finally begun to set-up some ads for us. I’ve been really impressed with the level of English of all of the students I’ve come across so far in the GOMC, but it’s still really important to check-in on the ads to see if anything is lost in translation. CWB is currently running a virtual fundraiser called the Rwanda Ramble where the team is walking 360 miles, while virtually tracking themselves on a map of Rwanda which is one of their project countries. This is all really cool, but the students created an ad which talked of the Rawanda Ramble Race, so I had to dip in and make an amendment. The fact that they can navigate the Google AdWords platform and set-up ads in a second language amazes me, so I’m quite happy to step in and amend the odd typo for the amount of effort they are putting in.

I did my little voluntary jobs today with the Big Bash on in the background. I'm still watching the BBL with my comrades in Australia and corresponding with them via the Shane Warne Fan Club WhatsApp group. Today, it was Perth Scorchers versus Sydney Thunder, and it got pretty exciting as most of the runs for both teams came in the final 10 overs. Scorchers won quite convincingly in the end after a flurry of late wickets. Phil from the SWFC alleges that he's really good mates with Callum Ferguson, the Thunder captain. I'm not sure how inclined I am to believe this, since he can't produce any evidence that he's on intimate terms with him. Plus, Phil talks a lot of crap. He's convinced that he's had Covid three times, and I doubt he's had it once.

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