Posted on Jan 19, 2018
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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’ (Mahatma Gandhi)
Each year dozens of people are doing their own bit for others, big and small, to make a difference. They may not be able to change the world, but at least they take action to bring about the change that they want to see.
What are you doing for others?
With ACT you have the opportunity to do something for others and make a difference for the better. You can take action in the fight against poverty in the lives of poor disadvantaged children and needy widows in Africa.
Amazingly, the feedback we keep receiving from folks who are doing something for others is the sense of achievement and satisfaction that they have gained and the lasting fulfilment that comes with it.
You can bring about the change that you want to see as some of the folks featured in this article are doing. Their fantastic efforts have helped to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and widows in Africa and bring about change for the better.
ACT’s annual Golf Day. This year, he took part in the Pembroke Loop Challenge which included climbing, running and walking an impressive 31.5 miles in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Last year he took part in the 10 Peak Challenge. In the last two years Gabriel has raised nearly £600 for our projects.
“I am so impressed with the work that ACT is doing that I decided not only to support the charity financially and attend events such as the annual Golf Day, but also find ways to raise funds through activities such as the Pembroke Loop Challenge on an annual basis.”
Faith Whelan and Dimitri Syrris are employees of Conversant UK, a leading personalised digital marketing company based in Putney, London. Dimitri found out about ACT from a work colleague based in another office. He read up about ACT on the website and was impressed with what he found and contacted the ACT office to count him in and offered to volunteer in whatever area help was needed. Earlier this year, he told his colleague Faith about ACT who was touched by the way we help to give hope to orphans for a better future. Last summer she submitted an internal funding application to the US mother company, Alliance Data Systems, completely on her own initiative and ACT successfully received a grant award of £10,000. Dimitri and Faith also organised a workshop and with the assistance of 30 colleagues at their work place who produced 500 “Blessing Bags” containing menstrual health supplies for girls at a primary school in Nyezerera village, Malawi. Poor sanitation and hygiene and lack of menstrual pads are some of the causes of the high dropout rate of girls from education in Malawi. Girls can miss up to 12 weeks of school, during their menstrual cycle, due to lack of menstrual pads.
“ACT speaks to my heart. Being an African born and raised in South Africa, I have a personal vision of one day having a self-sustainable community in Africa and I want to fund a school. This has been a childhood dream and drives my desire to give back to people who need it most.
What ACT provides to communities in Africa is pure kindness. It creates hope, a voice and love that can be shared across continents. Why wouldn’t I want to support a charity such as ACT? (Dimitri)
Aisha is a final year undergraduate studying International Development at University of Portsmouth, England. She heard about ACT through her friend Lauren, who works at the ACT office in Croydon.
“When she told me about ACT, its mission and the projects they were carrying out to alleviate poverty in Africa, I was hooked and immediately knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of.”
Being a keen writer, I offered to write blogs, once every 3 to 4 weeks, to raise awareness about ACT. I have been doing this from last September and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learning about the different issues surrounding poverty and more so what ACT is trying to do to make a difference. I hope that this year I will be able to give even more of my time and help share ACT’s mission through my writing.’
These are just a few examples of the dozens of people who are doing their own bit for others through ACT. You can be part of the change that you want to see.
To find out more visit our website for more information about available opportunities here.