I am very proud to say I started with Wesser over 2 years ago and it has been the most amazing and challenging journey.
One of the most valuable things I have learnt is positivity attracts positivity and it is a must in this job.
On a daily basis we deal with external factors we can’t control but we can overcome. The weather being the most common! As I say, skin is waterproof and it means more people are at home to talk to. You may even get offered a nice hot drink on occasion by supportive members of the public.
Some days you might encounter a high amounts of elderly people; just remember that sometimes some of these guys haven’t really spoken with anyone for days and seeing a friendly face might brighten up their day; Yes you might not recruit a supporter but don’t you just feel amazing by giving someone the opportunity to smile? We all have parents/grandparents so just think about them when that happens and how you would like them to be treated!
One thing you will find a lot is people that are not really interested in what we are doing. That said there are also loads of people that take a real interest in what we do and our charity partners. Meeting these people is incredibly rewarding, especially when they show a real appreciation for fundraisers doing what often can be a tough job.
It also can be hard/strange initially working and living with the same people, but look at the positives! You have the support of your team whenever you need it and each team becomes like a little family. Much like living with family it doesn’t mean you need to do everything together, making your own space and plans is also important to keeping a positive work, life balance.
All these challenges pay off when you realise how much you have raised for Wesser’s amazing charity partners and the great projects and activities it has helped fund. It is something to be truly proud of.
Remember a fundraiser is an eternal optimist and if you are proud of what you do and you have a smile on your face you will succeed!
Article by: Irina Alves – Fundraising Coordinator