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Cheaper by the (20) Dozen

If you have visited my fundraising page (thank you!), you’ll have read that VSO ask all their placed volunteers to fundraise £1500*.

The latest fundraising event was a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale, which went really well. Thanks to my highly motivated sales team, we sold all 20 dozens!

For my 2010 trip to Ghana, I did the same sale which went very well. So it’s a bit of a trusted formula. But since I’m don’t work in an office any more, I didn’t have access to the same en masse captive audience. So I had to recruit a team of ex-colleagues who were kind enough to help me sell.

The plan was deliver the doughnuts to them as early and fresh as possible. Then rely on my unstoppable sales team to sell, sell, sell. Queue Ben Affleck and “Arec Barrwin” motivational speech! {Expletive alert on links}

Despite grossly underestimating the weight of 20 dozen doughnuts and having to carry them for several hundred metres to my car, which knackered my arms. It largely went to plan. But in my haste to deliver the freshly baked doughnuts to 2 separate locations, I forgot to take a picture of what can only be described as a wall of white boxes. So, after much retrospective googling, I managed to find this very nice picture of a fellow Asian, blogger, volunteer and Krispy Kreme fundraiser. The closest thing I have to show you what kinda happened!

Anyway, we raised over £200 😀 Zikomo to everyone who bought a doughnut!

Fellow blogger and fundraiser Jae Seung Chung... not me!

Fellow blogger and fundraiser Jae Seung Chung… not me!

*Since VSO concentrate on long term development goals, these funds can then be redistributed to projects with the greatest need, which can be identified with planning. This is in contrast to the work of some other organisations. For example, the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee), who also do fantastic work but focus on rapid response and relief to disasters, such as the Haiti earthquake.

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Official Launch! (SU)

Hello / Moni!

Welcome to My blog of everything to do with volunteering in Malawi.

In late October this year, I am heading to Malawi for 2 years to work as a Volunteer IT Advisor to the Ministry of Health. I will be part of a team implementing a much needed patient/HR management system, recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation). As you can imagine, healthcare there is incomparable to the standards of the UK, where we have the much maligned NHS. (More on the NHS in later posts.) So this project aims to dramatically increase the MoH’s patient capacity by having an efficient and effective record management system in place. This will allow the very few doctors, nurses and midwives there to carry on their invaluable work to the best of their abilities and resources.

My friends who have known me for a while may know that I have long been a fan and supporter of MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders). Much of this originate from my fanaticism of the American TV drama ER. Fewer friends will know that I was more recently inspired by MSF’s Dr Chris Bird, who proves that it’s never too late to change and make a difference. His story is very interesting and extremely inspiring. I highly recommend a read of his Bird in the bush blog about his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Future posts will be less formal and hopefully more fun! For now, without further ado, I am officially launching
Operation VSO Malawi 2012.

Beginning with this blog post and actually tell all my friends I’m leaving! I’d also like to involve them as much as possible because I know I will be relying on them for my own support and to promote this cause.

Your fellow humans need you!

Please take 2 minutes and visit my fundraising page which explains why all placed VSO volunteers need to fund raise. You may be extra interested to find “The fun bit / Kickstarter” section if you need your house or car cleaned (don’t we all???) 🙂

Any donation, large or small, is sincerely appreciated and will make a difference to lots of people less fortunate than ourselves. All slacktivism or clicktivism efforts are also appreciated. Please share away on any social network!

Thank you / Zikomo!

P.S. The SU is for all you PRINCE2 practitioners out there. Geek joke. Sorry!

Herman Fung's fundraising page for VSO Malawi 20120728

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