Celebrating helping others
Last week we had the privilege of attending the Guernsey Community Foundation 2016 Awards, we were also extremely honoured and humbled to be shortlisted for the Overseas Charity of the Year award.
The Foundation’s vision is a vibrant and caring community, in which a strong and committed charitable sector works effectively with government and business. The Foundation are clearly doing a fantastic job of supporting charities, effective philanthropy and also working with Government and Business to ensure the third sector plays a key role in a thriving Guernsey Community.
When it came to the Overseas Charity award we were very shocked to hear our name read out. We did not expect it at all, especially as the charity was only founded in 2013. We were humbled by the very kind words people shared with us at the event and on social media after the event. It provides us with even greater focus to continue on our path of empowering the poorest in the world to overcome poverty in a sustainable way and to have an impact across whole communities.
I’ve been trying to think of a few words to summarise the evening, the charities represented, the stories shared and the people involved in helping others through charities and volunteering, so here goes:
Every charity or individual had a clear purpose, they know what they wanted to achieve and this is the fuel that keeps them going. We were asked after the awards what would be the one piece of advice you would give to another charity starting out on a journey. This is a tough question, but my answer was to “stick to what you are good at”. This ties into purpose, with a clear purpose you won’t deviate from your vision and goals.
There was a huge amount of determination in the room. This essential in the life of a charity or volunteer and it was tangible across the charities and people represented at the Community Foundation awards. There were so many stories of people and organisations having to overcome barriers to achieve their goal or have they impact they desired, and you don’t do that without a truckload of determination.
Gone are the days of charities working in isolation, and thank goodness for that. There was a clear message and it was also demonstrated by people at the awards that teamwork and collaboration is the new approach to achieving even greater impact. Whether that is within a charity, across multiple charities, across charities, government and business, TEAMWORK WILL INCREASE IMPACT.
Keep going everyone.
Credit to Chris George for the photo.