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Day 13 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Wednesday, 13th January, 2021

Today, I managed to squeeze in a lot more than I anticipated. It's great to get things moving with Cricket Without Boundaries and Bat For A Chance, and I even managed to start a conversation about branding with BFAC!

What: Planning a Charity Auction
Organisation: Cricket Without Boundaries and Bat For A Chance

Today, I had only planned to have the evening meeting with DLAG, but I ended up doing some checking-in with the CWB and BFAC crews on the auction that we’re planning for April. After deliberating and considering the options of using a charity auction platform, we thought that it would make sense to go with the online auction experts, eBay, to host our auction. We’re still going to make an event of it and hopefully host a quiz alongside it. I’m going to set it all up, and it’s now up to Will and Lee to source some badass prizes.

On the branding side, I've got my mate Gary working up a logo for Will and BFAC. Will's got a lot planned for the year (as well as GCSEs) and it would be great if he could have a proper badge for the organisation. Watch this space... it's going to look great, I'm sure!

What: Fundraising meeting
Organisation: Dons Local Action Group

Tonight, we welcomed a couple of new members to the fundraising team, one of them being my twin sister, Suzy. She’s been a bit bored during lockdown and as a sub-editor for a sports publication called Sports Business, I thought she’d be well-suited to volunteering for a charity run by football fans. Rosie, the head of fundraising, asked if there were any AFC Wimbledon fans in the group, and me and Suzy piped up as Gasheads (Bristol Rovers fans) which made her smile because Wimbledon actually beat Rovers last night in the EFL trophy. Other than Rosie, there are no Wimbledon fans, but who doesn’t like AFC Wimbledon? They’re a lovely club who do nice things for their community.

Outside of my volunteer bubble, over 1500 deaths from Covid were recorded today. What I find astonishing is the fact that the country seems to have become desensitised to this harrowing death figure. If a bomb were to go off and 1500 people were to die in one day, there would be a huge outpouring of grief, the tragedy would be all over the news and the royal family would be visiting ground zero. As it is, the outpourings of grief are localised to those who have lost family members, the tragedy is all over the news but it’s being overshadowed by incompetent politicians trying to explain away their inadequacies and overspends on food boxes and track and trace and the royal family has been ordered to stay at home in their palaces (although they are taking Zoom calls with NHS staff). The spread of Covid is so vast, it feels like we’re hiding from the tragedy by way of aversion. Some might argue that it’s a ‘stiff upper-lip’, ‘getting on with it’ British attitude (queue Boris thumping his fist on a table), but I’m not so sure. The tragedy is so entrenched in life that we’re desperate to escape from it, yet we’re stuck indoors. All we can do is turn off the news and switch on Netflix if we are to do that, but by doing that we are doing a disservice to all those fighting on the front lines in the NHS and at schools.

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