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Name: Courtney
Age: 18
Courtney
What inspired you to get involved?
I have my personal reasons for being involved in charity work, when I was a young girl I spent a lot of my childhood watching family members close to me suffer with Cancer. It was horrible and I was affected by it all. I lost my Dad at the age of nine, now I have grown up I feel I should of helped him with his illness and did more for him. It's too late to help my Dad but thatís why I am so passionate about helping others.
What does your volunteering involve?
Volunteering can involve a number of things; I have listed various ways that I have volunteered. - Charity street collections - Volunteering at local charity shops - Work experience at Marie Curie fundraising office - Pupil council charity promoter - Organising fundraising events - Becoming a chair of a new fundraising group - Taking training in Event Management for Volunteers course ran by Volunteer Now. I am very interested in volunteering for a range of charityís by donating my time to help.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I believe that the main quality to have when volunteering is to be caring. If you are caring and passionate about volunteering then you will make a difference. For example, what I had to cope with during my childhood years upsets me and makes me angry, but I use this energy positively and it gives me the strength and determination to help others. In my day to day life I like to be organised, I feel that this is a skill I have that benefits me when organising my charity events.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I like to help others; it gives me a great sense of satisfaction that I can make a difference. I enjoy meeting others that feel the same way I do. My highlight would have to be my 18th birthday/fundraiser in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Instead of any birthday cards or presents I asked my guests to kindly donate to my chosen charity and together we successfully raised £1000 to help terminally ill cancer patients. This has been one of my personal highlights to date.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage everyone no matter what age, gender, nationally or religion they are to volunteer. I found that by donating a little of my time to the community, it became the most amazing and rewarding thing I have achieved in my life and would like everyone to experience that sense of satisfaction I achieved through volunteering.