|What's your role within the Penny Appeal team?
My role is to think of and organise fundraising events which get the youth and the community involved on both a local scale and a nationwide scale. That may be a challenge, such as our Zip Wire for victims of Typhoon Haiyan or April’s Walk for Water event, or something more formal such as charity dinners. Really, it’s thinking up any unique idea to raise funds for those in need and to execute it.
How long have you been part of the team?
I have been part of the team since October 2013.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the fact that it is fun and you get to interact with so many people. But nothing is better than the feeling you get when your hard work pays off and you see the amount it has raised – that’s the best feeling!
What has surprised you most about working with Penny Appeal?
The love and the support you get when working with Penny Appeal, and how even though our team is small we have surpassed targets that we could only dream of. I also love the ambition, determination and humility within the team.
What do you find most challenging?
Trying to manage the work load alongside a full time degree is something that I have learned to cope with but I would say that prioritising and managing my time accordingly is the most challenging part.
What do you wish other people knew about Penny Appeal?
I wish they knew about the hard work that goes into everything that we do every day and just how that hard work pays off in the field, where it makes a real difference to someone’s life.
What was your first job?
My first job was at a charity back in 2011. It was similar to my role here at Penny Appeal in terms of raising funds. I started off as a volunteer and then was taken on part-time.
Outside work, what are your passions?
The two F’s, food and football! My favourite food is a Libyan pasta dish. As for football, please try not to judge me but my supported football team is Manchester United!
Who or what inspires you?
As a fundraiser you can't always go out into the field and see the smiles on the faces of the children you have helped. It’s an inefficient use of resources so I cannot always be inspired that way. However the support I get from my volunteers and the community really does inspire me.
What was the last book you read or recommended?
Malcolm X the Autobiography. As a fundraiser, public speaking is very important, and to read a book about arguably one of the best public speakers the world has ever seen was truly inspiring.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have a few moves on the football pitch that may surprise a few people!
THURSDAY 27 FEB 2014