Category Archives: appeals and campaigns

Thank you Charlotte

Charlotte Hayes is the project co-ordinator for my work projects.  Yesterday we had a fantastic event London LocalGovCamp (link to my work blog) – the premiere event for those in local government using social media to engage with citizens, communicate messages and help local people do things for themselves. Many people were involved in getting it organised, getting it sponsored, getting it going – but Charlotte played a largely unsung role in the background.  On the day, she played an essential part in making sure that everything ran smoothly – which it did. First to arrive, last to leave.

It just so happens that Charlotte is running in the Brighton Marathon in aid of YouthNet – truly a social media charity.  YouthNet is the UK’s first exclusively online charity. We guide and support young people, enabling them to make educated life choices, participate in society and achieve their ambitions.  Charlotte is already a mentor to young people through the charity, but now she’s raising money, too (as well as probably wearing out a pair or two of trainers).

Charlotte’s JustGiving page is here. It would be great if we could help her in reach her fundraising goal for a great cause that not only helps the kids, but also demonstrates how social media can be used as a tool to support some of our local public service aims.   And using models we’ll all have to embrace more – individuals, communities and networks helping each other.

Giving to Haiti – donating to the Salvation Army

One of the sermons that has made the biggest impression on me was delivered by a member of the Salvation Army’s Caribbean territory to the non-denominational congregation we attended when we lived in Puerto Rico. They did some amazing, innovative and often counter-intuitive work there. For instance, they ran a jail. A jail for illegal immigrants. That sounds pretty rough. But rougher still were the prisons that these illegal immigrants would have been placed in – alongside real criminals. It was truly a mission of mercy to house these non-violent breakers of civil law, economic refugees from places like the Dominican Republic or Haiti.

The Salvation Army has a history of working with people that others won’t. They already have a long term presence in Haiti, running an orphanage – among other things. They are running medical clinics, they are bringing aid to Haiti. And they have a reputation for doing a lot of the second stage disaster relief – helping people clean up and get their lives back together.

I donated money to the Salvation Army to help their relief and long term efforts in Haiti. I hope you will, too. Although there are many other places that could make good use of your money.

Read more about the work of the Salvation Army in Haiti and donate online.