My Week: Danny Richmond

The campaigns manager of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation recounts his week

Danny Richmond
Danny Richmond

Monday; As I head into work, I treat myself to an orange juice and chocolate croissant - convincing myself that it's a balanced breakfast. When I get into the office, I compile my to-do list on several sheets of a journal, which I like to think of as a bible. Then I spend most of the day reading applications from people around the world who have applied to be our net bearers for Where's the Net?, our forthcoming campaign. Over the next five months, they will send five malaria nets around the world in a relay, a bit like the Olympic torch, raising awareness about malaria along the way.

Tuesday: I have the wonderful task of calling the 25 shortlisted net bearers to let them know that they have been selected. They are from places as far-flung as Kansas and Kathmandu. One Nigerian student was so excited to find out that he had been chosen that he called seven times while I was at lunch to find out the next steps.

Wednesday: The first week of February is World Interfaith Harmony Week. We've been compiling interviews, videos and blogs from people of all walks of life describing their first experience of meeting someone of a different faith. Speaking to these people reminds me why I got into this work. In a moment of stress, a colleague brings out home-baked cake - the world is right again.

Thursday: I have a great call with our Faiths Act Fellows in Sierra Leone who are bringing faith communities together for an opening ceremony of the Where's the Net? campaign. After work, I attend a Jewish text study group called a Chavrusa - working in interfaith work, you can sometimes avoid your own spiritual growth because you spend all day working in the sphere.

Friday: Who doesn't love Fridays? Friday is what I affectionately call my whiteboard day, when I walk around a room and sketch out ideas for the next big idea in the campaign. By the end, the board will look like an abstract piece of art.

TTBFF aims to build respect and understanding between the major religions.

Danny Richmond is campaigns manager of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation

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