Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity

Robert Eisner works in property management in London, which leaves him with enough time to volunteer for charity. He has worked two days a week at World Jewish Aid since January.

Why did you choose World Jewish Aid? World Jewish Aid is a division of World Jewish Relief, which I support. What I like about World Jewish Aid is that it provides relief to communities regardless of their religion, whereas World Jewish Relief is aimed at Jewish communities. I offered to volunteer after I received World Jewish Aid's tsunami appeal through the post.

I get very upset when I read about disasters or conflicts such as Rwanda, and I want to do anything to help. I wanted to do something more challenging than working in a shop. I wanted a position where I could have a say in how the charity works, a contribution at the top. I have been really lucky because people such as Daniel Casson, the director, allow me to do really interesting work.

What do you do to support them? I answer queries about the Make Poverty History campaign on the website. I purchase the Make Poverty History kippots (skull caps), which we sold in Edinburgh.

We don't work during Shabbat and therefore could not carry banners, so we thought that instead we would wear kippots with 'Make Poverty History' written on the top. We have sold 900 kippots so far. The money will go to support a project run by World Jewish Aid in Argentina.

I also have the opportunity to talk to politicians such as Maria Eagle, the MP for Liverpool Garston, who I met with Daniel Casson. We told her about the Make Poverty History Jewish Coalition, following which she arranged a meeting between us and Jewish MPs this week.

Do you make donations too? Yes. I make both monthly and one-off donations to World Jewish Aid.

Do you support other charities? Yes. I have made a monthly donation to the NSPCC for a few years. I also make donations to One-to-One, a charity that helps poor people around the world. I went on a trip with One-to-One in Israel recently and raised £3,000. The money went to projects such as trauma centres for victims of bombings.

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