FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Joe Marwood

Joe Marwood, 18, is a student in his gap year. He is running four miles every day this month to raise money for a volunteering placement with Students Partnership Worldwide in Uganda.

Why and when did you become involved with Students Partnership Worldwide?

My sister went on its community resource programme in Tanzania, which she said was amazing. I realised a placement would be the perfect opportunity to break free from the treadmill of school-university-job-retirement, while achieving something worthwhile. The charity has a fantastic reputation, and their health education placements focus on Africa's HIV crisis.

What will you be doing in Uganda? From next January, I will spend eight months teaching alongside a Ugandan volunteer of my age in a rural secondary school. We will share knowledge, experience and ideas to highlight the major social health issues facing the community's youth, such as sanitation and health care, to bring about sustainable change.

Are there any other organisations you support? Earlier this year I completed a fun-run, with my arm in a sling after dislocating my shoulder, for the Theodora Children's Trust.

I raised more than £100 for the Trust, which sends clowns to cheer up patients in children's hospitals.

What do you feel you bring to the charities you support? I apply full enthusiasm and dedication in order to get me up and running at 5.15am.

What is a good way to approach you? In the street, with the ability to talk face-to-face.

What don't you like about being approached? Animal welfare charities that expect me to support their cause over human welfare.

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