A few weeks ago the lovely lady who organises the charitable endeavours at my company approached me and said as one Brit to another that my colleagues and I have a poor track record of attending charitable initiatives. Well I was shocked – for one I am new so haven’t had much of a chance to attend and secondly my colleagues are lovely! I couldn’t believe none of them attended these things. However I asked around and it was true – due to travel commitments they often missed out on things or couldn’t commit as there schedule is unpredictable at times.
Now I really like to try to do something charitable around Christmas time, and it sounded great to be able to do something for my new home. I really feel that as the UAE has been good to me, I live here tax free after all and get to live in a land with very low crime amazing facilities and a clean metro that costs 70p a ride; it was time to give back. So I spoke to the charitable team and said that if they could propose an idea I would get them the people they needed!
Anyway the two of us put our heads together and came up with an event on a Saturday with plenty of notice that only required a few people and that people could commit to on that week. Naturally I felt I should really be there having roped in the others so off we went.
The plan was to help Friends of Cancer Patients clear out a warehouse they had of marketing collateral and donations so that they would know what they had and make proper use of it. Well the warehouse was a sight to behold and we did wonder briefly if we stood any chance at all of getting it done. However once a plan was put into action things all came together and sure enough in three hours we had the place pretty much under control!
Despite dust, a few of us being ill, one pregnant lady and two of our fashionistas needing to dash off to a Fashion Show they were arranging we did a great job and left in great spirits. Amazingly as well everyone is keen to go back and finish the job!
I was very proud of my team and was really glad we were all able to get involved and do something worthwhile!