School assemblies… when did I become ‘that guy’?
It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I didn’t think I’d ever hear myself say this but, if I’m totally honest with you, my ‘work’ commitments have swamped me. There… I said it. I can already hear a distant sound of violins and so won’t go into anymore depth about that here. What I will do instead, is outline what is now happening in the world of ‘operation prepare for Africa’ and The Great Football Giveaway!
Recent progress has been very much helped by a good friend. Do you notice a trend here? When I say “helped by a good friend”, I mean “the unwavering support and enthusiasm from the wonderful Millie Halski”. For those who don’t know Millie, I advise that you find a way to do just that.
A quick coffee with Millie, has turned very quickly into a Football tournament, an assembly talk and an exciting template to raise funds for the Great Football Giveaway. Without even knowing it, I already have multiple referees booked for the day! Magic. The model of this template is:
- I speak in an assembly with the mission of:
- Raising awareness of Africa and it’s issues.
- Encourage the children to engage in the tournament.
- Extra fundraising events.
2. We hold a Football tournament at the school along with extra fundraising events
We are trialling the assembly next Tuesday (16th April 2013) at Millie’s school; Whiteparish All Saints CE Primary School. Good grief! I sat in many an assembly as a child and I can’t believe I am now ‘that guy’!
The tournament is being held on 26th April 2013 and I will be sure to take footage of all of this to share with you.
I feel the benefits of this fundraising model/template are huge. The children are given an insight into some of the world’s issues, they have fun whilst doing it AND we are able to raise funds for the children in Africa!
I would like to roll this out to as many schools as possible within the next two months. This would involve an assembly talk followed by a football tournament and/or a penalty shoot out. So please, if you have, or know anyone with, children at a primary school that you think would or could incorporate this, please let me know.
Lastly, I think it’s worth saying that I really didn’t originally intend for this blog to be about highlighting just how great some people are. It’s just worked out that way! Obviously, I really don’t think it’s a bad thing it has. :-)
In the same breath I will just mention one other person who has contributed to this project so far. She will kill me for doing so, but I’m sure you’ll agree, when someone gives you quite a considerable amount of money with the words…
“If some children in Africa can benefit from a small proportion of my wage, then I have to give it…”
… it cannot go unmentioned.
Thank you to the very generous Hannah Meredith - someone I was lucky to meet at one of my Love Soul Choirs.
Have a great week or two, please let me know about any potential schools AND please do have your fingers crossed for my first assembly appearance next Tuesday. It’s going to be a cracker!
Great cause. Top bloke. Nice photo too.