This month's focus: Match Day Collectors
Why Be a Match Day Collector?
If you are fascinated by being a fund raiser and you are wondering if this could be for you, please take the time to read why I chose to collect at football matches for Prostate Cancer UK. I hope by the time you have finished reading this short piece you will have made a firm decision to give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.
Why I chose to be a collector
I can’t remember the precise moment when I signed up. In the first instance I decided that this was some small thing that I could do. I realised that without fundraising, Prostate Cancer UK could not do their valuable work and I have been personally affected by prostate cancer in my family. There seemed to be a natural match between connecting with men and spreading the word. After my first collection I was hooked and I could not wait to do more.
What do I enjoy about it?
I enjoy connecting with men and women who are genuinely interested in knowing about more about prostate cancer. I have had many very useful conversations with people from different walks of life and I know that the conversations I have had with them have influenced them in some way to have that conversation with someone else. It is always good when people then go on to donate into your bucket. Quite thrilling really.
What challenges did I face and how did I overcome them?
People are warm hearted and generous. They treat you well and all are willing to help. Many people have thanked me for what I have done for men with prostate cancer and that is very satisfying. It is not always easy fundraising but the atmosphere is good and you will meet many different people, all of whom have their story to tell. Have courage and find the fundraiser in you. It is fun.
What have I learnt from being a collector?
I never knew what a buzz there is at a football match. You don’t have to be a football fan, but there is nothing like the atmosphere and excitement. Just be yourself and believe in what you are doing and you will find the confidence from within to be that real hero who will make a real difference to men who have this awful disease.
Give it a go and sign up for spring 2015 at a football match near you!