Volunteering at charity events

Do you remember when I said I had lots of news? Well, this is it, my friends!

I’ve officially started my new role, and it’s very exciting. I will get to be a bit creative and there is so much to do! I’ve spent my first couple of days just reading material and figuring out how to do my tasks, and writing some plans of action I will need to follow. There’s so much to learn as well!

It’s been a long while since the last time I felt lost at work, but I love the feeling. Luckily, my new manager is very helpful!

OK, that’s all I’m going to write about work, at least for now! However, if I end up really liking it, I might start sharing more stuff… Let me apologise in advance!

Flat hunting isn’t going as well as we would like it to, but I think it’s normal. See, there is my goal, which is finding a nice flat, in a nice area, for an affordable rent. Then, there’s the estate agent’s goal, which is get a fat commission. So far it doesn’t seem we can meet somewhere in between.

Tomorrow I’m supposed to view a few properties around Streatham Hill, so again, wish me good luck!

As you know, I haven’t run much since Wednesday. My knee is still hurting, so I’m taking it easy. You know me, so I haven’t gone to the doctor at all… I rather not see many doctors this month, as I will have my quota full in July! Anyway, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been involved in all things sport!!!

I mentioned I was going to volunteer at the London to Brighton bike ride thingy, for BHF. It was indeed hard to get up and be at the Common at 5am but guess what! I loved it!

I would consider myself a rather shy person (I know, those of you who know me personally will never believe it, but it’s true!) but I can however be completely outgoing and chatty with strangers in situations like this.

Imagine. I’m standing under some arch, with safety pins on one hand and route cards on the other. At my back, a few metres away, there’s the actual start line. In front of me, hundreds of cyclists, all eager to get going.

We needed to double check their numbers, as they were colour coded with different start times. Quite a few of them wanted to be sneaky and start earlier than they should, so then we had to be firm and go all Gandalf on them (You shall not pass!). It was funny, because most of them had their numbers hidden away under layers, but we still needed to see them.

Walking around at times, giving out pins and cards, nobody wanted the route maps, after all, they would be following someone else, right? I mean, with 28,000 cyclists, surely they would find the way. However, the moment I would mention the cards also had the emergency number, just in case, everyone suddenly wanted one!

My shift ended at 8am, and I didn’t want to leave. I had the full English breakfast I was entitled to, and came back home. I did try to stay awake, but there was nothing to do, and my bed looked so comfortable that I just couldn’t resist.

All in all, it was a great experience, and I will definitely be doing more volunteering work in the future! It was fun and something new! It’s great to feel you’re doing something worthwhile, and not only helping the cyclists during the event, but also being part of a movement helping people.

Unfortunately, with all the handing out stuff and checking the correct start dates, I didn’t have time to take pictures! However, I promise there will be some pictures soon!

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