A UK volunteer's tale

A UK volunteer's tale

" When I first met Holly and the RTRK team, I believed in what they were doing and I wanted to get involved. So while I contributed to some of the amazing work this charity has been a part of, little did I know that what I got out of volunteering is worth a whole lot more than the hours I put into it.

I’m a Senior Communications Manager in the NHS and have been working in communications for nearly ten years. I stumbled across the RTRK stand at a local festival two years ago, and haven’t looked back. I started my volunteer work by pulling together a few press releases, then began to advise on other elements of the communications mix such as design, websites and events. I now develop some of their graphic design work, market their events and generally help out where required - this year I helped pull together the Annual Report. I also ran a half marathon, raising £800 for the sustainable strawberry business in Barut.
The RTRK team oozed positivity and had an attitude that made me believe they could make a huge difference. I wanted to be part of that.

I’m often asked why I chose RTRK to volunteer my time. For me, it was simple - one, RTRK stands for issues I believe in, and two, I wanted to be part of the team. They oozed positivity and had an attitude that made me believe they could make a huge difference. I wanted to be part of that and two years later, one vocational school has been built, multiple sustainable businesses set up, and medical bills paid for.
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So yes we do things for free, yes we help others, but what about the impact it has on our own lives? Well, I’m part of an amazing team who inspire me to be more and do more - I can’t ask for anything else. And finally, well, you can’t beat the feeling knowing that families in Kenya have better futures thanks to RTRK - and that I’ve helped that happen in some small way."
- Megan Storey

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