Suitcase Media raises a thousand pounds for St Mungos gardening project
Thanks to Prince Harry a few of you out there may have heard about 'We Day UK' for the first time. Over 10,000 young people from across the UK came together last Friday for a motivational rock concert at Wembley Arena. Harry was one of the speakers, along with actor Clive Owen, inspirational teenager Malala Yusafzai, Al Gore and others.
But what does this have to do with Suitcase Media or St Mungo's? Quite a lot actually because to obtain a place at a We Day event you have to have volunteered at home or abroad to make the world a better place. The movement started in Canada and 200 young Canadians came to attend the event in London. As part of their trip here they wanted to volunteer for community organisations in London.
Who was asked to organise this? None other than Suitcase Media's project coordinator, Leila.
Thanks to Suitcase Media's contacts with Putting Down Roots and other community organisations we have worked with - producing websites, for example - we were in a good position to help out.
In the end, 10 groups of almost 20 young people and teachers volunteered across central and South London for a wide range of wonderful organisations including St Mungo's Putting Down Roots who bravely took on three groups at St John's Churchyard Garden - Waterloo, Cedars Rd and Melior Street.
Other groups worked on activities from community gardening to a Sainsbury's trolley drive, for organisations including The Ace of Clubs day centre for homeless people at Clapham Common to London Tigers Youth Club and The Southwark Pensioners Centre.
Each group made a significant donation to the organisations concerned and with more requests for such activities in the near future, Putting Down Roots should receive almost a thousand pounds this month.
Such activities are an all-win situation; the young people learn about the work of these community organisations, go home in the knowledge that they have done some good, and the community organisations not only spread the word about what they do and get a trickle of income at the same time, and Suitcase Media get a fee for setting it all up. What's not to like?
We look forward to further collaboration with Putting Down Roots in the near future. Watch this space.
The above image is one group delivering food donations to the Ace of Clubs at Clapham Common.