The pleasure of appealing for funding


August 13th, 2013

It is rare that I can definitely say I will be doing anything other than sleeping or begging an unruly child to leave me in peace first thing on a Sunday morning.

But this weekend will be different. Come 7.55am on Sunday August 18th, I will be glued to a radio for five minutes, listening intently to BBC Radio 4 while loudly ‘shushing’ anyone who dares to make a sound in the same room.

And I would urge anyone who takes the opportunity to read this to do the same. Or, if you are not an early bird, take a five minutes to be equally unsociable at either 9.25pm that day or at 3.25pm the following Thursday.

If you do, you will be met with the dulcet tones of Charlotte Green – the new voice of the classified football results & a former Radio 4 newsreader.

She will be reading an appeal on behalf of Practical Action, telling the story of Dilmaya. Dilmaya is an 8-year-old girl from Kathmandu, Nepal whose life, before Practical Action got involved, revolved around sitting on rubbish tips, picking through mounds of filthy, smelly waste and then getting bullied by classmates and teachers at her school.

 

The plight of eight-year-old Dilmaya will be featured in the Practical Action Radio 4 Appeal.

The plight of eight-year-old Dilmaya will be featured in the Practical Action Radio 4 Appeal.

You will have to listen to the radio, or log onto the Radio 4 appeal website here to find out how Dilmaya’s life, and two thousand others, have been changed by our work.

But listening will remind me of just how much of a pleasure the whole experience has proved to be. Not only did I get the opportunity to sit in the BBC studio as the appeal was recorded, I have also been lucky enough to meet with Charlotte Green twice now.

Charlotte Green checks the Practical Action script before reading the waste picker appeal.

Charlotte Green checks the Practical Action script before reading the waste picker appeal.

It turns out she read EF Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful while at university and is incredibly sympathetic to both Practical Action’s underlying philosophy and our work.

In addition, she happens to be fantastic company and I spent a fascinating couple of hours with her one hot summer’s day talking to her about Practical Action’s work, her passion for football and walking and her life as a Radio 4 newsreader. You can also read the transcript of some of our conversation here and listen to her explain why she supports Practical Action here.

Hopefully, her passion and support for the appeal will come through on the radio and the public will dig deep and give generously for waste pickers in Kathmandu.

I shall be at the site when the appeal is broadcast on Thursday and will be updating about my experience on the day.

 

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