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From fire to fashion: our amazing volunteers

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

Compassion volunteers

All over the UK, our volunteers are giving their time and effort to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. We’re inspired to see so many passionate people determined to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. So here’s to the brave, the adventurous, the ones who dare to dream and strive valiantly for a worthy cause. We salute you!

1. The fire walker

fire walk for Compassion

In April, Lucy stormed across a bed of hot coals which was over 700 degrees Celsius. Determined to raise funds for the Compassion project her sponsored child attends, Lucy went for something a little bit different.

So why fire walking? Lucy says, “I saw the fire walk as an opportunity to help others and challenge myself at the same time. I believe every child has a right to opportunities, care and love … and to live free from poverty. I am so proud because I now have an awesome testimony of how I walked on hot coal to tell Juma [my sponsored child]  - he can do anything he wants to do … and fear should not be a barrier.”

2. The village makers

model village

In Weston-Super-Mare, school teacher Jude and her class of 5-year-olds designed and built their own model village to raise funds for Compassion. They sold tickets to visit the model village and the money raised was given as a gift to their sponsored child’s family. We’re so impressed with this group of mini-entrepreneurs!

3. The fashionistas

fashion show

Raising funds for their Muskathlon meant one thing for Emiko and Lucy – a fashion show! These two intrepid mums hosted an awesome fashion show and lunch in beautiful Buckinghamshire. Complete with stunning clothes, delicious food and raffle, not only was it a brilliant afternoon but the ladies raised a staggering £3,000 and saw 17 children sponsored with Compassion.

4. The hair cut

Sponsored haircut

Meet 7-year-old Mason. He decided to cut off his long curly hair and ask people to donate, raising £700 to send as a gift to Shamila in Uganda, the little girl that his family sponsors. Mason – you’re a superstar!

5. The mountain conquerors

mountain climbing

Cameron and Clare-Louise decided to climb Mount Kenya to raise money for Compassion. They smashed their fundraising target, raising £1,485. They also got to visit Titus, their sponsored child. Cameron says, “It was so great to see the actual, physical, visible impact that sponsoring a child through Compassion has on their lives. This works. Be encouraged!”

We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers. Speaking in public, baking for coffee mornings, hosting lunches and sharing on social media, each one of you is helping to change the world. All we can say is – Thank you!

Find out more about Compassion Volunteering

WORDS : Roz Walsh

PHOTOS : Compassion UK

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