WE all know that we can do our bit for nature; little things here and there can amount to a great deal in the world of wildlife. Many of you will be busy refilling the feeders for our hungry birds, maybe you buy ‘ethical’ products, have reusable shopping bags and perhaps some of you are kinder towards the eight-legged beasties. All of these are positive actions for our environment but you can also make a difference in more unconventional ways...
Last month a group of us abseiled down the Europa hotel for the RSPB, I used Facebook as the platform to spread the word of fundraising and my Justgiving page meant friends and family could quickly and easily donate online, simple. The abseil was not as easy; standing on the roof of the hotel we all started feeling nervous, the crowd down below were egging us on and although conditions were near perfect there was a strong breeze, making the descent a little tricky. Despite being blown off course by a sudden gust and some unprofessional looking dangling I felt fantastic afterwards. I got a big pat on the back from all who came to see me and was happy knowing I had raised vital funds and my feet were firmly back on the ground.
I’ve already signed myself (and my mum) up for the RSPB Festive Freeze; a surf lesson in Portrush in partnership with Alive surf school, meaning we’ll all be jumping into the chilly waters of the Atlantic in December. It may sound mad but there is the promise of mulled wine afterwards and it’s all in the name of fun plus it gives a boost to funding for RSPB’s projects closer to home.
Lots of staff, volunteers and other generous members of the public have embraced community fundraising over the past while; lending a hand packing bags in Tesco, being a pin badge champion and street collecting, are just some of the activities you can get involved in. We’ve even added a bit of variety to our workdays in the RSPB office have by having mini fundraisers like the ‘double denim’ day and most recently, a spooky Halloween lunch party.
Many of our own native species and habitats need help, support and some even need saving-community fundraising and volunteering are great ways to lend a hand. Why not try something fun yourself? Organise an afternoon tea party, a litter clean-up or a cake sale. Or join us for some fundraising fun, we still have places for street collecting in Newry on November 30 and Londonderry on December 14, while the Festive Freeze Surf on December 1 is just £25. Or why not volunteer by digging nettles for our Corncrake project on November 16 or December 14? You could even join the team by helping out at our festive Christmas fair on December 8.
Find out more on our website or phone the office for a chat. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/northernireland or call 02890 491547.