One year on - Reflections from the IoF Scotland Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year 2015

Aidan receiving his award for Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year

Guest Bloggers | 2 September 2016

Last year, I was presented with the IoF Scotland Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.

It made me feel that my hard work and effort had paid off. A big part of winning the award was also raising awareness for such an amazing charity as the Scottish Huntington’s Association, a charity that needs as much support as possible.

This year I have continued to support the charity and raise money. The award inspired me to inspire others by getting more people involved and interested in fundraising. Alongside different fundraising events, I took part in a school project called YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative). In this project we had to get into a group, find a local charity and make a presentation about that charity. We would then get judged and the team with the winning presentation would win £3000 for their chosen charity. Me and my team worked really hard to produce the presentation and gained many new skills along the way. We went out and presented it at a school assembly and we won the £3000. We were so happy to have won the money but I was even happier that I had made my friends more aware of the charity and made them more interested in fundraising.

A fundraising event I did recently was a challenging sponsored walk over 12 miles and 5 peaks. After a tiring climb we completed our walk raising over £2500. Another big thing about this event was getting people involved including my friend, who is now considering doing an even bigger challenge with me. It was also great to see my dad getting involved as well.

I got a lot out of winning the award last year but a big thing I started to think about afterwards, was getting more people interested in doing fundraising. I managed to get some more of my friends interested this year but I hope to expand on the amount of people over the next few years. Fundraising is such a rewarding thing, it has helped me in so many ways. After a successful fundraising event you get such a rewarding feeling because you are helping a great charity.

Aidan McCallum, Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, Scottish Fundraising Awards 2015

Aidan McCallum, from Fife, was named as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the 2015 Scottish Fundraising Awards in recognition of his outstanding fundraising for the Scottish Huntington’s Association. Aidan continues to fundraise for SHA through selling his artwork, taking part in events, and encouraging others to get involved with the charity. He recently helped organise a Walk of Hope with his friends and family, raising over £2,000.

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