Hello, My name is Sarah Gale and this is officially my first blog post…..and my first blog. It looks like its a day of firsts! I am extremely excited (maybe a bit too much) about starting this blog, or should I say journey. Before I tell you anything else I feel I owe it to you to tell you a little about myself.I have recently graduated with a degree in Zoology (Animals and stuff ).
I am a lover of books, animals (especially fluffy, cute ones..), alone time and tea, I REALLY love tea. There are tea lovers and then there is me…I have just about every kind of tea you can think of, all caffeine free as I have given it up. Lets just say I got a little addicted and had to wean myself off. To be honest I feel so much better without it, but I do miss coffee.
I love to write, mostly fantasy books and I am currently writing one at the moment. It’s going great…OK so it’s going slow but I have to start somewhere. I have always wanted to be an author, to see my book published would be a dream come true(I know it sounds cliche but it really would be amazing).
There is another thing I am very passionate about, helping people. I just love to do things for people. I know it sounds like I am making myself sound like an angel (I am not and do not intend for it to come across that way) but I get so much joy out of doing things for people. I have no idea why, if there’s a job I will volunteer to do it, especially if its cleaning. I actually enjoy it, I am not joking. I just think there is something so satisfying about washing up or hoovering, I know I sound like I live life on the edge (Don’t judge me 😛 ).
Now I come to the really important part. In September 28th I am going to Rwanda with ICS Tearfund for 10 weeks. More specifically I am going to Kigali. ICS (International Citizen Service) is a UK government development program which fights poverty and makes a difference where it is needed most.
They are partnered with many charities including Tearfund. Tearfund are passionate about ending poverty, they go to where the need is greatest working through local churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves (This is definitely not copied from their website…there are only so many ways to re-word it).
I need to raise £800, and all the money raised goes straight back into ICS and the running of programs like the one I am participating in. I have been doing fundraising events such as car boot sales, guess how many sweets in the jar in my local sweet shop (Candy Jax), selling cards and crafts in Wetherspoons and I will be bag packing for two days in Waitrose. So far I have raised £425.98 which is wonderful, people have been so generous and it makes me so very happy.
I love Tearfund’s vision, it is the main reason I wanted to volunteer with them. Poverty doesn’t just trap people physically but mentally too. It makes people think they are not worthy, as if it is their fault they are in poverty and cannot get out of it. But this is simply not true. By giving people the tools to help themselves you are giving them the key to a brighter future, for them and everyone around them. You are also giving them the key to something everyone should have, hope.
More information on Tearfund and ICS can be found here:
If you feel you want to donate then this is the link to my Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Gale-ICS. If you do not feel you are able to (or simply don’t want to which is fine too) then please spread the word, tell someone about Tearfund or even have a look yourself. You may find you want to do work like this at some point, I would highly recommend applying at least, who knows where it will take you 😀
The reason I started this blog is because I want to include as many people as possible on this journey with me. It may not be super exciting at first (fundraising is rarely the best part) but I hope you can bear with me to see what we can do as a group of people, passionate about ending poverty. I hope you enjoyed my first post, I look forward to writing many more in the future and bringing you on this journey with me.
Lots of love