95 minutes of watching 22 men kick the wrong shaped ball on a cold Saturday afternoon wouldn’t be what I would normally call fun. 30 men playing with an egg shape ball on Sunday though, where St John Cymru Wales volunteers were once again out in force in the fan zones throughout Cardiff was more like it.
So how and why were Gill, Dean, Nicole and myself (the Sully team plus one) there?
We had been asked by Amy, at St John Cymru Wales headquarters if we would like do some fundraising at the football match. The reward for saying yes and doing it for about 90 mins before the game, was to be given free tickets to watch the game.
Amy and Stuart met us there. We donned bright yellow tabards and received our collection buckets. We then entered the stadium and were paired up and assigned to an area.
Although we were under cover the concourse was cold. Shaking the bucket is not allowed ( even though I’ve had several shaken under my nose in the past).
Of the many things gained from the experience, one that stood out was the respect that many donators had for St John Cymru Wales. They would often stop, turn around and reach into their pockets and wallets and happily put a contribution in and comment “You Do A Great Job.”
We knew that their feelings for St John are based on decades of seeing dedicated volunteers, not just at the football matches but on the streets of Wales.
There is something we can take into our role as fundraisers for Wesser from this. Sometimes what we do seems to be disrespected. Sometimes it feels like a battle between quality and quantity targets, but much like the football game we saw later there was effort, mistakes, recovery and success. At least for the visiting team on this occasion.
Isn’t that what we are? As far as the doors we knock, we are the visiting team. It takes effort, we make mistakes, we recover from negative reactions and we can always improve our success rate.
By the following afternoon 15 visiting Welshmen had the edge and the victory in the right shaped ball game. Whatever the result or score ( in our case £362 pounds) what we can and will take with us is this simple piece of inspiration. We are all “doing A Great Job”
Article by Mark Lloyd – Wesser Fundraiser