After receiving an email about the upcoming Impact48 weekend from my colleague, Chelsey Fenn, who volunteered for the Music in Hospitals Scotland Impact48 weekend, I was inspired to volunteer my skills in any way they could be used. My name is Lara Fraser and I am an Account Executive and Advertising Strategist at Attacat Internet Marketing in Edinburgh. Impact48 have announced Edinburgh Cyrenians as the charity for the next Impact48 weekend in October and I am so happy to have the opportunity to be getting involved! I’ll be hoping to raise awareness by writing articles, posting and tweeting as Impact48 brings together a team of volunteers hoping to make a real impact to Edinburgh Cyrenians in a single weekend. In the lead up to the weekend I will be posting about the wonderful work Edinburgh Cyrenians are doing, telling their story by talking to the people who are making the difference.
So here is a little more information about the upcoming Impact48 weekend.
The Charity: Edinburgh Cyrenians
Edinburgh Cyrenians is an independent Scottish Charity with an outstanding track record in pioneering creative solutions to the contemporary problems faced by people on the margins of society, such as; homelessness, poverty, unemployment, isolation and recovery from addiction.
The Date: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October
The weekend kicks off on the evening of Friday 4th October. All the action will happen over Saturday & Sunday and we’ll finish with the presentations and judging on the evening of Sunday 6 October.
The aim of an Impact48 weekend is to provide a charity, lacking resource, with ideas, knowledge and new technologies to further their cause. So how do they do this? Impact48 brings together a sponsor and a skilled team willing to volunteer their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to develop something in 48 hours. Through idea generation, collaboration and development the primary objective is for the team to create something that is complete and immediately actionable for the charity. This means that ideas or developments are not half-baked, instead what the charity gains is something which is fully planned, fully developed and will have a real impact.
If nothing else I hope to encourage, as Chelsey did, at least one other person to consider how their skills and a small amount of their time could be used to make a lasting impact on a good cause.
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