Archive for 29 July 2014

Introducing Ruth Taylor, our 2014 Volunteer Coordinator

We were delighted when Ruth agreed to sign up as our 2014 Volunteer Coordinator. She’s volunteered with KickStart Ghana twice before and knows the charity and the people we work with really well. Through her job at Student Hubs, running Impact International, she has become a well known expert on best practice within the international volunteering sector.

Over the summer she will be supporting our volunteers to make sure that they can really make an impact on our projects, including the 2014 summer school and reading club and coaching at Dynamo FC. She’ll also be evaluating our impact and designing a new post-volunteering handbook for volunteers.

She’s going to be blogging about her experiences over the summer and below is her first. We hope you enjoy.

Standing on the veranda of the new volunteer house in Ho, I look out over lush green bush and the Adaklu Mountain which dominates the skyline. It’s been nearly 3 years since I was last in Ghana and I’m surprised at how immediately I feel at home. From my first visit to this incredible, West African paradise, as a young and fresh-faced 18 year old back in 2010, the spirit and dynamism of the country has never left me. It’s in the music, the food, the smiling and welcoming people you meet at every turn, even the sweet and aromatic air you breathe – everything about Ghana is intoxicatingly addictive and I find myself immensely happy and deeply contented at being back.
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KickStart Ghana fundraising auction

At the KickStart Ghana fundraising dinner with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen on July 11th we will be holding an auction with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. These include:

  • Two tickets to a Tottenham Hotspur Premier League match.
  • Two tickets to Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.
  • A chance for a winner and a friend to be a ‘Tootsie Roller‘ for the day. this includes a vintage makeover, cocktails at a London members’ club and tickets to a Tootsie gig.
  • A chance to be one of the first people to wax David Thorp’s legs in his charity challenge.
  • Three 1 1/2 hour life coaching sessions from qualified life coach Peter Thorp. Includes psychometric testing and evaluation to help identify personal preferences and personality style. This would normally retail at over £500.
  • An introduction workshop to Twi at the Ghana Language School.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to bid please email with your maximum bid amount and we will include this in the auction.

KSG dinner

David Thorp waxes his legs for KickStart Ghana

On Tuesday 29th July, David Thorp will wax his rather hairy legs in the name of charity.

“Whilst other members of the board have put their bodies on the line with tests of endurance and perseverance in the name of KickStart Ghana fundraising, I have decided to put my body on the line with a test of short term pain and embarrassment.

At KickStart Ghana’s fundraising dinner with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen I will have my legs waxed in order to raise money for KickStart Ghana’s sports and education projects. Target of £1000, top 5 bids from people at the fundraiser get to cause me physical pain (in the form of waxing my legs of course (I’ve got pretty hairy legs if that makes you want to donate any more?).

All donations welcomed!”

David Thorp legs