Personal account: Rebecca Lowe

The volunteer media officer at Tearfund on grilling the former Prime Minister.

The best advice I've had

The Quaker William Penn said "live adventurously". It's easy to get stuck in a rut and stick with the things we find comfortable, but stepping out of the box is a lot more exciting and ultimately more rewarding.

The biggest challenge I've faced

As a volunteer who also holds down a nine-to-five job, the trickiest part of what I do is fitting my work for Tearfund around my already very hectic life. But the most personally challenging thing I've ever done in this role was meeting Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, who visited my home town as part of a pre-election tour. Our local newspaper asked people to send in questions for him, and I sent one asking about third world debt. A couple of hours later, I found myself sitting next to the Prime Minister on a sofa, which was slightly surreal to say the least. It was a few weeks before the G8 summit and I asked him to give me his word that he would do everything in his power to secure an agreement on debt relief for third world countries. He promised that he would.

I thought that was quite an achievement - getting a politician to make a straight promise.

My greatest hit

I've done loads of fun things in my time as a Tearfund volunteer, but it's always the wacky ones that stand out the most. We held a fair trade fashion show in my local church to raise funds for Tearfund's aid work in Africa.

Seeing our normally sensible church treasurer strutting down the catwalk in a fairly traded dressing gown, pyjamas and giant Mickey Mouse slippers while clutching his teddy bear has got to rate as one of the highlights.

My worst moment

Public speaking has always terrified me. At fundraising events I usually try to fix it so that someone else has to speak. The worst time was at a ladies' lunch - the video we had been intending to show didn't work and I ended up having to do my talk, unrehearsed, from my notes. It was toe-curlingly bad.

My top tip

Work as a team. Throughout my time as a Tearfund volunteer, I've always been surrounded by a bunch of enthusiastic people who are willing to do mad things and share my passion for justice and eliminating world poverty.

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