In May this year, the Media Trust organised a speed-matching event at PHD. For about 1.5 hours, 15 PHD’ers spent a few minutes each with a range of non-profits who are all doing great work in areas ranging from poverty alleviation and the arts to education and environmental awareness. Time for me to admit something: I’ve never been speed-dating (not sure if that’s a good or bad thing really!), so Media Trust’s speed-matching concept, which is essentially speed-dating for media professionals and charities to find matches with each other, was really interesting for me to be a part of.
The amusing thing is that who you thought you’d be best matched with didn’t necessarily match the sense of the charities – they didn’t always think you’d be best for them. Yes, yes, I know now that’s how speed-dating works too!
I was lucky, however, to find a great match in Kids Club Kampala, a non-profit that works in and around Kampala, Uganda, to bring hope and love to poor communities specifically by working with children and women. Olivia Barker, their UK Director, is a lovely person who is very committed to the cause she works for and I am privileged to be helping her take Kids Club Kampala to a wider audience.
As we speak, Olivia has just left London to go to Uganda for 3 months to work on the ground there. There’s lots that anyone interested can do to help:
– Read and comment on their blog if you find their stories interesting
– Follow them on Twitter (that’s an easy one!)
– Like them on Facebook to get updates
– Last but not least, donate via JustGiving to help them continue doing what they do