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Olivia proves you're never too young to shake a bucket!

Friday 9 June 2017

Olivia and Julie blog imageThree children die each week in Scotland from a life-shortening condition. In donating their time, energy and passion, CHAS volunteers further our mission to reach every family that needs us. Our inspiring and dedicated volunteers are truly integral to how we keep the joy alive for the children and families we support.

At nine years old, Aberdeen Volunteer Fundraiser Olivia is coming up to her five years of service with CHAS, proving that you’re never too young to shake a bucket! Her mum Julie, also a volunteer with CHAS, tells us why she thinks it’s great for little ones to get off their smart phones and out helping others. 

“I got involved with CHAS in 2011 when Olivia started nursery. I spotted a billboard advertising for volunteers and got in touch. At first I was helping out in the Aberdeen fundraising office counting money and collecting money cans. And then when I had to go back to work as a support worker for children with additional needs, I moved to street volunteer fundraising. This is when Olivia got involved too. It’s a really flexible way to give-up your time and can fit round my job and Olivia’s activities – she loves skating and swimming.

“A lot of time is spent on computers and smartphones these days, and I think it’s really good for other young people to see Olivia out shaking buckets, and show them what they could be doing. As well as learn about what CHAS does.

“Volunteer fundraising with Olivia brings us much joy and we get to spend time together. Olivia can get quite competitive though – and always wants to raise more money than me, which she always manages to do! But she does have an unfair advantage of being much cuter than I am! But however little money I raise, I know we are keeping the joy alive for the families supported by CHAS, and it feels good to be making a difference.

“Olivia’s reached her five years of service at CHAS, meaning she’ll be awarded a special pen. And the team at CHAS have written her a letter so that she can take it to school and show her classmates and teachers.

“If you can spare a little bit of time to keep the joy alive for families across Scotland, email today!”

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