FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Chris Dyke

Chris Dyke, 20, is a politics, philosophy and economics student at Oxford University. He works with KEEN, a student-run charity that organises activities for people with special needs.

When and why did you become involved with KEEN? Summer term 2002. I saw a flyer, heard the pep talk and thought 'why not?' Next thing I knew, I was gripped. KEEN teams up volunteers with local children and young adults with special needs in a range of fun activities and events.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? During term time, I run the social group for over-18s on Thursdays, lead football in the Allsorts sports sessions on Saturdays, and attend the occasional Zig-Zag drama session on Fridays. This adds up to about 12-15 hours a week, plus a few day trips.

Are there any other particular causes or organisations you support? I'm a member of Amnesty, Mencap, WWF, and the Human Relief Foundation to name a few. I just returned from Bosnia with Magdalen College Aid to the Balkans, coaching football to kids in Sarajevo.

What do you feel you bring to the charities you support? I'm told I've got a certain enthusiasm and flair for the job.

Do you feel that students do enough to help charities? I reckon they do, given their workload.

Do you consider new approaches from other organisations? I want to work in the charity sector, and the whole point of KEEN is that people work there for the short term, so yes, I do.

What is a good way for them to approach you?

My email is

What is the most annoying thing about being approached? There is nothing bad about being approached - the worst I can do is say no.

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