What’s new with the Flat-Footed Adventurer and my Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure? Actual Fundraising has taken up a lot of my time, pre-adventure recently.
In the last few months I have spent entire days collecting in National Rail stations Paddington and St Pancras. I have also spent large amounts of time collecting on a local retail park, outside a local Tesco store, and at a Poundland fun day near Elephant and Castle. Some volunteers I’ve met while out collecting have told me they don’t like street collections and find them depressing. I’m not clear in what way they find them depressing, but I enjoy them.
Sure, they’re often long days; my collections in national rail stations have had me on my feet for 12 hours (give or take some breaks), and I’ve heard complaints from volunteers that the collections recently aren’t nearly as profitable as they have been in the past.
I enjoy the human interaction. Most people just chuck a couple of quid the bucket as they hurry past, but some people stop to talk — they’ll stop and thank me for the work that Macmillan Cancer Support do. Or they’ll tell me how cancer has affected their own lives, as a patient or through knowing someone with cancer. Sometimes they are sad stories, sometimes they are stories with a happy ending — but these people remind me of why I am raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support with this adventure. Some people don’t just put some coins in the bucket, either — some people will reach into their wallets and put a banknote into the collection.
I also enjoy observing life, watching people going about their business.
I was recently at Droidcon — a conference dedicated to the Android operating system. While there I had the opportunity to talk to HTC, Sony Ericsson and Accenture about the Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure. HTC were enthusiastic to hear about it, and the other two were progressively less interested. Unfortunately, attempts to follow-up haven’t been very fruitful. I have also tried to make contact with RedBull in several different ways — but have had the same frustrating lack of response.
To date, my fundraising efforts online and offline have helped me to raise just over £2,000 — which is roughly a 30% of my way towards the total, and I haven’t yet been told how much my collection in St Pancras raised.
I need to have raised £4,800 by December 26 — so I still need all the support I can get. You can contribute towards the Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure here and show your own support for Macmillan Cancer Support.