Today Guide dogs for the Blind sprouted a new Fundraising branch here in historic Hereford. The Founders’ meeting took place in an inauspicious supermarket cafe south of the river Wye. I came away buzzing with enthusiasm. Our small branch consisting of just three members has a tremendous feeling of newness. I feel as if we created a piece of history today, and that’s why I decided to mark the occasion with a short post in my blog.
Fundraising is a great opportunity to be creative. I hope that as our branch becomes established we manage to keep the FUN in Fundraising. Brainstorming ideas for future events has definitely titillated the old brain cells. In fact it’s hard to stay realistic – in my head I’m already climbing Mount Everest!
Once various bits of paperwork deem the Hereford Branch open I can just see it taking off into the sky like a magnificent bird. There’s nothing like a good dose of excitement to make you feel like you can do anything! I love the sense of freedom that comes from founding something new. Although we’re part of Guide dogs, we have the chance to create our own identity and act on our own ideas. The knowledge that in doing so we’re raising funds for more Guide dogs like the infamous Hereford Hoover gives our mission immense drive. (How many dual-purpose dogs do you know?!)
So before I put my laptop to bed I just want to donate some contagious optimism to the general reader. On July 20th 2011 the Hereford Branch of the Guide dogs for the Blind Association is a small green shoot peeping expectantly from a huge tree trunk. On July 20th 2021 the small green shoot will hopefully have grown into a spectacular branch bursting with leaves. Dum anima est, spes est!